Inspirational Malik Ullah presented with the Bangladeshi Community Award for Excellence
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Shabana Mahmood MP presents award to Malik Ullah
Shabana Mahmood MP presented Shahjalal Chair, Malik Ullah with the Bangladeshi Community Award, in recognition of outstanding services to the community at a ceremony in Birmingham, earlier today.
The inaugural Bangladeshi Community Awards, announced earlier this week, recognised Shahjalal for its pioneering work in meeting the needs of under-represented communities in North-west Birmingham and outstanding services to the Bangladeshi community, awarding the housing co-operative with this year’s Award for Excellence.
Shahjalal’s co-operative values encompass sharing resources to meet members’ needs, and they achieve this by building productive networks that broaden the resources available to them. By working together and with the wider community, Shahjalal has a coordinated approach to the development and management of their homes. A democratic organisation, Shahjalal is controlled by its members; they make the decisions and set the rules for this housing co-operative.
Shahbana Mahmood MP said, ‘I am delighted to present Shahjalal with the Bangladeshi Community Award in recognition of their outstanding services to the communities in North-west Birmingham and in particular, the Bangladeshi community. Shahjalal is a housing co-operative that has achieved a great deal by working with its members for the good of the community.’
Malik Ullah, Chair of Shahjalal said, ‘On behalf of Shahjalal’s members, this is a very proud moment in Shahjalal’s history and it is a great honour for me, to be recognised as the organisation which has done the most for the community. Shahjalal has come a long way from our humble beginnings and we have achieved this by our community working together and helping and supporting each other to provide solutions that meet community needs. To be presented with this award by Shabana Mahmood MP is the icing on the cake, because she has done so much for her community and is a wonderful role model for the women in our community, who play an active role in the management of our organisation.’
One of the reasons it is important to raise awareness of the needs of the Bangladeshi community is that they are one of the most disadvantaged communities. They have one of the lowest life expectancies and are most likely to be living in over-crowded housing. Demand for large, affordable homes for this under-represented community far outstrips the supply.