Sayeeda has volunteered all her life, from her community work through to racial justice issues, and she has helped with fundraising for a wide range of charities.
She was a member of the Dewsbury Rotary Club and was the founder and now trustee of the Savayra Foundation UK.
She has always highlighted the importance of Social Action and in 2005, with her colleagues, presented the first Conservative Party social action projects to the Party Conference in Blackpool. Sayeeda describes Social Action as “doing your bit, or mucking in” as they say in Yorkshire.
Savayra Foundation UK
Sayeeda established the Savayra Foundation UK in 2002 for which she is currently the trustee. From 2002-2005 SFUK supported 400 destitute women and their families in Kashmir and since 2005, they have moved from traditional aid work to financial empowerment. Most recently the Savayra Foundation rebuilt a village in the flood stricken area of KP in Pakistan. Click here to visit the Savayra Foundation.
During her three years as Shadow Minister for Social Action Sayeeda helped to make Social Action part of the Conservative Party’s DNA.
In 2008 Sayeeda led The Welsh House Farm Community Transformation project in Quinton, Birmingham. The social action team worked with the Welsh House Farm residents to support their efforts to better their community. The Haven centre which is the hub of the youth work that takes place on the estate had a makeover and the Multi Use Games Area or MUGA as the residents call it also benefited from some TLC.
During the 2009 Manchester Party Conference the Radcliffe girls and boys also went through a similar transformation. With the help of the community, volunteers renovated and rejuvenated the Radcliffe Boys and Girls Club.
Further successful Social Action Projects followed:
Alum Rock Road 2010
St Peter’s Community Hall 2011
These projects amongst others laid the foundation for the Conservative Party’s deep rooted commitment to the big society.
International Social Action
In 2009 Sayeeda and 32 parliamentarians, candidates, and senior volunteers worked together with the inspirational charity “Fund for Refugees” both in Srebrenica and Sarajevo.
In 2011 Project Maja went to Bangladesh, a country with which the United Kingdom has deep historical, social and economic ties. Over the space of seven days the team, consisting of MPs, an MEP, activists and volunteers conducted education, sports, renovation and health projects.
Project Maja Bangladesh concluded with an epic 20 Twenty cricket match against the Bangladeshi parliamentarians.