• Naseem Syed

‘Hand with Love, Care, Equality’ by Rahila Hamid

I am involved in BAME Engagement to identify gaps and barriers for BAME communities, I feed back to the Welsh Government Equality department so changes can be made in policies for BAME communities/individuals. To help them access services and promote BAME rights and equality.

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

I am more grateful to what I have. Value family. It has given me more opportunity to make contributions to local charities. I am lucky to work from home as it has enabled me to stay employed.

What has made you smile or brought you joy in lockdown? Can you explain it…

Clapping in the street with my street/neighbourhood. Charity work by food distribution for local food charities. An opportunity to speak on BAME peoples behalf to discuss policies making.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why?

I am more humble, grateful. Love to mankind and humanity. I have helped more individuals during lockdown, those who can’t access services. More meetings with decisions makers, online zoom MS team meetings to identify gaps to help BAME people.

What is the story behind your hand art?

Message of love, humanity, promoting equality and BAME peoples rights. Respect and diversity. Tradition hand, stones, bells. Covid-19 has been very difficult time but love and care for people shown to each other.

Anything else you would like to share?

I have found communities/individuals very supportive to each other. The beginning of Covid-19, my thoughts: ‘First two weeks was a shock to my system to open my front door many times, my street was deserted. Seems like a bad/scary movie. A street we were seeing a few hundred of hospital staff passing by but no sign of hardly anyone else to be seen. It was haunting on me. It took two weeks to believe it’s real not a horror movie. Covid-19 invisible virus, people fearful too scared to go out. Wish it was just a bad dream but unfortunately it is real. A virus taken over lives across the world. At the same time I am amazed by the love and care individuals showed to others, really touched my heart. From providing food parcels to helping collect medication, checking on vulnerable. Though impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable, loss of loved ones with covid-19, job losses, education, pressure on NHS during the year is saddening.

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