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The Queen’s Birthday Honours local Spotlight Youth Worker with an MBE


It is with great pleasure we announce that Spotlight Youth and Community Engagement Manager, Nahim Ahmed, from Poplar HARCA is awarded an MBE for his services to disadvantaged young people in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Continue reading as he shares his passion for supporting youth and what the Queen’s Birthday Honour means to him.

“An unbelievably surreal moment, I am humbled and lost for words.

It has been almost painful keeping this news from close friends, mentors and loved ones for the past month.

I come from humble beginnings. Being raised in Tower Hamlets I have first-hand experiences of the issues that unfortunately, still exist for young people. Issues such as youth violence, youth unemployment, anti-social behaviour, drugs and more.

My mission, since 2009, when I began my undergraduate studies in Youth and Community Work, is to inspire young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through the art of storytelling, in both formal and informal settings.  I combine personal, academic and professional approaches which enables me to connect with the thousands of young people I come across, (through work and volunteering), to help raise their confidence and self-esteem.

As much as this is a proud moment, we still face some of the biggest societal issues affecting young people; the impact of Coronavirus on young people’s mental health being one such example.

I will continue to serve the young people of Tower Hamlets and do my utmost to create opportunities for them by collaborating with like-minded professionals.

It is often really hard to articulate the job us Youth Workers do in a few words. Hopefully, this recognition will help paint a picture of the work we do and why it is so important.”

If the commitment of Nahim’s work to build and raise confidence in our young people inspires you and you know of a young person who would benefit, contact Spotlight youth service.  You can email: or phone 020 30 111 333.

And remember Spotlight is free for young people 11 – 19.