We are very pleased to welcome Shirin Mawji to our Council of Management as a trustee. Here are a few words from Shirin, introducing herself:
“Hello I’m Shirin – a Bristol based pharmacist keen on all things healthcare, theatre and community.
As a child of Ugandan Asian refugee parents, I understand the importance of equal opportunities for all in helping individuals and groups feel empowered, integrate into the societies in which they live, and excel.
Born and bred in South Bristol, I was lucky to discover my love for drama and theatre at a young age and competed in Eisteddfods, performed lead roles in school productions and studied an A level in Theatre Studies. It has had profound effects on my confidence, public speaking, critical thinking, sense of self, and empathy for others; to say the least. But I am aware the arts and their benefits are inaccessible to many, perhaps due to financial or cultural reasons.
There are strong links between taking part in the arts and improving mental and physical health. As a pharmacist I have a particular interest in promoting self care and patient education, to help individuals make health choices that improve their quality of life and wellbeing. During my training I was awarded the title: Pre-registration Pharmacist of the Year 2019; for my health promotion campaigns in the local community and collaboration with national cancer charities and regional NHS Care Commissioning Group.
Outside of work I volunteer on regional projects with various charities and organisations ranging from Ismaili Civic and the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board, to community groups in BS3. Most recently, I was part of a team involved in setting up a pop-up flu vaccination hub in a North Bristol community where vaccination uptake among minorities was very low. I know Bristol well and have a good awareness of its BAME communities, in particular its South Asian groups.
Aside from my interest in theatre, I feel my knowledge of healthcare and my experience working in the community can complement the current skillset of the Board and help acta continue to impact the lives of its participants.”
We look forward to working with Shirin and hearing her fresh perspective.