Shahid worked within the Learning, Skills and Community Development sector for over 24 years with organisations including the Training Enterprise Council, Learning and Skills Council, Oldham Council and the British Council. When his mother became ill he took early retirement from a long career in the public sector and he became a full-time carer. This led him to set about on a campaign to engage with the BME and South Asian community in Rochdale and became the founder of BME Health and Wellbeing; raising awareness of dementia, mental health and End of Life Care, and also providing help and advice to support services and other professionals.
Separate to the health and wellbeing work, Shahid is an active campaigner on local issues – working with local councillors, Member of Parliament, council officers, the Police and the local community. Shahid is the Chairperson of the local Area Forum, working closely with Council officers. He holds voluntary positions for several community organisations including the PKCA, the Rochdale Business Association and is a founder of the KSERA Residents Association.
In April 2016 Shahid published his book entitled ‘A FRAGMENTED PATHWAY’ Experiences of the South Asian Community and the Dementia Care Pathway: A Care Giver’s Journey’, he has also co-authored a chapter in a book entitled ‘Working with Marginalised Groups’. Shahid received a special award by the Mayor of Rochdale as part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations in 2016 in recognition of his contribution to the community. He was a finalist in two categories at the 2016 Rochdale Diversity Awards; and in 2017 he was nominated in three categories. In October 2017 Shahid was honoured with a Certificate of Merit presented by Chief Superintendent Neil Evans & Superintendent JP Ruffle in recognition of him community engagement work with Greater Manchester Police.