Safia Jama is the founder and chief executive of Women’s Inclusive Team which was a 2021 recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – equivalent to an MBE for the charity sector. Safia and her organisation have also been recognised for their Covid-19 response in Tower Hamlets by the Canary Wharf Group Plc. And most recently, Safia had her name unveiled on the London DLR train number 62 in recognition of her tireless community efforts during the challenging Covid-19 pandemic. Traditionally, London’s trains are named after community members who have made considerable impact within their communities so that their significant contributions are recognised and celebrated. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to us that Safia Jama was honoured with this plaque.
Safia Jama has been working with the third sector for almost 2 decades and established the Women’s Inclusive Team in 2004 to support BAME communities living in Tower Hamlets through youth programmes, various women’s empowerment projects, and mental health support. She led the expansion of these services to include a food bank and community kitchen to support vulnerable residents of Tower Hamlets when the pandemic hit. Looking through Safia Jama’s long career in community development there is one thread that runs through Safia Jama’s work, one of shared commitment and talent to help foster a better future for all. And it is this simple call of humanity that has propelled Safia Jama to national recognition.
Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar, a Research Associate at SOAS University of London and ATM Trustee said: “It has been humbling to learn about the kind-hearted efforts of so many in our communities such as Safia Jama. She is a great example to the rest of us. Congratulations to Safia Jama and to her team at Women’s Inclusive Team”.
Safia Jama’s unwavering contribution to the community is widely acknowledged and appreciated. Her recent accolades and recognition are testimony to her extraordinary commitments, dedication, determination, and selfless community services which has been a lifeline for many of those struggling during lockdown.
As communities continue to face multiple obstacles, people like Safia Jama provide solutions for challenges our communities face, and we wish her all the best in her future work.