Cllr Nazma Rahman to focus on young people during her mayoral year

The Mayor of Camden, Cllr Rahman will be advocating for young people to achieve their potential and raise awareness of opportunities that exist for them in Camden during her mayoral year.

Cllr Nazma Rahman is The Mayor of Camden for 2023-2024. She took over from Cllr Nasim Ali last week following a ceremony at Camden Town Hall, while Cllr Samata Khatoon has been named as the new Deputy Mayor of Camden.

Cllr Rahman – with her three children – has lived and worked in Camden her whole life.  After years of voluntary and community work within her ward, she became a councillor. She is dedicated to listening to residents’ concerns and always champions for underrepresented voices to be heard.

During her mayoral year Cllr Rahman wants to inspire young people to achieve their potential and will raise awareness of opportunities that exist for them in Camden. To reflect this ambition, she has selected the Young Camden Foundation as her chosen charity and will also use her year to highlight the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme and encourage young people to take part in the awards.

Councillor Nazma Rahman, Mayor of Camden

I have always had a strong passion for supporting young people, which I have been able to do through my work as school governor and as a trustee of local community centres.

I know how important Camden’s services for children and young people are for our communities, me and my family have also benefited from these in the past. As a mature student I have used Camden’s Sure Start and Home Start services, which allowed me to achieve my higher education qualifications and ensured that my children had access to free activities outside of school and during the summer holidays. 

During my mayoral year I will be working with the Young Camden Foundation to raise awareness of the excellent work they are doing in the borough supporting young people and championing critical issues facing the local community. I will also be offering my general support and encouragement to other organisations such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Scheme who also look to ensure our young people, our future, achieve all they can.

I’m looking forward to being the borough’s First Citizen in the upcoming year and to be able to serve and help Camden’s communities in this new capacity.

Councillor Nazma Rahman, Mayor of Camden

We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected as the Mayor of Camden's charity for 2023-24. This recognition fills us with immense pride and gratitude, and it serves as a testament to our members’ collective efforts in improving the lives of the children and young people in our wonderful borough.

We know how passionate Mayor Nazma Rahman is about improving the lives of local young people in Camden, and this is an excellent platform for us to work together to raise the voice and profile of young people in Camden and the organisations that work tirelessly to support them.

We believe that investing in our children and young people is an investment in the future of Camden, and YCF exists to support over 130 youth organisations providing life-changing support every day. Through collaborative partnerships across the public, private and voluntary sector, we can achieve our vision of a borough where all young people have equal access to the incredible opportunities Camden has, so that they are safe, empowered to participate in decisions that affect them, and supported to achieve their full potential.

Daisy Srblin, CEO of the Young Camden Foundation

Breaking from tradition, Cllr Rahman’s Mayoress for the year will be Ruji Mahmud, her childhood friend with whom she has a long-standing relationship of mutual respect and support. Her escorts will be, her daughters Thaspia Rahman and Mairah Rahman and her son Al-Mahi Rahman, Farida Rashid, Nima Stepney, Nasima Hatrapal, Halima Rani Khatun, Amina Ahmed, Cllr Nadia Shah, Cllr Marcus Boyland, Cllr Adam Harrison, Cllr Shiva Tiwari, and Cllr Sharon Hardwick.


Further information:

Young Camden Foundation is a youth charity and membership organisation, set up in 2017 to address the growing uncertainty of long-term investment in the children and young people sector in Camden.

YCF is a second-tier infrastructure organisation and has awarded over £2.4m to local Camden-based organisations and has over 140 member organisations working directly with children and young people in the borough. YCF funded projects have benefited over 10,000 of those who are most in need, since its inception. YCF is also Camden Council’s chosen delivery partner for the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme, supporting Free School Meal eligible children and young people during the major holidays.

To find out more about their work, visit their website at youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk