Nasa Begum worked for Mind between 1999 and 2003, bringing not only valuable expertise and incredible passion, but also greater awareness of how a physical environment can be disabling.
Nasa made an important contribution to the understanding of the experiences of disabled people, and campaigned tirelessly for the right to independent living. Her work had a significant impact on the way that the health service consults and learns from patients.
Sadly Nasa Begum passed away in 2011. But she left a lasting memory in a legacy that enabled us to support local Minds in developing projects to empower women, building on their own talents and strengths and becoming inspirational for the wider community.
Thanks to this support five local Minds developed tailored projects aimed at the South Asian community, and women in particular. The local Minds were Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind, Leeds Mind, Suffolk Mind, Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind and Mind in Bexley. You can download a full account of the work undertaken by these five local Minds.
"I wasn’t going to leave the house today but I am so glad I did. I’m really enjoying myself - the time has passed too quickly"