Tamanna Miah, Huffington Post
Campaigner, public speaker, media spokesperson and blogger
Tamanna Miah, is a final year student studying Media & Communications and Politics & Governance in Kent. She has been involved in youth, community and voluntary sector for over 12yrs, volunteering on all levels locally, regionally, nationally and Europe, with many positions charities, youth advisory groups, youth forums, youth councils. Tamanna has worked with over 50 organisations and establishments in the youth and children’s sector, education, migration, business, funders, politics, local and central government. Tamanna is a public speaker, media spokesperson, advisor and campaigner on many issues relating to young people such as racism, bullying, mental health, discrimination, Islamophobia and many more issues with various charities and organisations. Tamanna has been a trustee for 4yrs, previously trustee for Connexions Kent (CXK) and National Youth Agency. Now currently Chair of trustees for Nomad – charity for refugees and migrants).
She started her journey in social action, volunteering and campaigning from the age of 11yrs old, where her father, set up an organisation that brought the older and younger generations together to create community cohesion. Later she became involved in various other organisations in her area, being chosen as Chair of Sevenoaks and Kent Youth County Councils, followed by UK Youth Parliament South East, vInspired, British Youth Council and UK Young Ambassador for Europe.
As she moved to university she became involved with more national charities and campaigns. Tamanna created her own Fixers Racial bullying project and film which appeared in various news outlets. Tamanna is currently working with three mental health charities Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Change and Youngminds and worked with the Royal Foundation for the Heads Together Campaign with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination and issues such as bullying and racism. Tamanna was also headhunted to be a National Lottery Good Causes Ambassador and selected to be a judge for the Annual National Lottery awards in September 2016 and 2017. Tamanna sits on the NHS England London region, – Healthy London Partnership board where she was involved in producing the NHS Go app. An app where young people can find free/confidential health advice and locate their local services. Tamanna was lucky to have been recognised for her work in 2016 by winning the Janey Antoniou Award from the charity Rethink Mental Illness and also the first ever award at the National Hate Crime Awards 2016 for the Young Upstander award.