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My Camden Town: Clime-it founder Mubarak Mohamud ‘It’s a living dream helping kids turn their lives around’

12:00 31 March 2014

Clime-it Brothers founder Mubarak Mohamud. Picture: Polly Hancock

Clime-it Brothers founder Mubarak Mohamud. Picture: Polly Hancock

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Mubarak Mohamud, 26, has lived in Camden Town since the age of four. He is the director of social enterprise shop Clime-it Brothers in Camden High Street which uses profits to help disadvantaged young people through theatre and music workshops.

If you were to sum up growing up in Camden Town, what would you say?

I honestly feel blessed to have grown up in Camden Town. The area is internationally known for its vibrant scenes, which has allowed me to make continuous friends with people all over the world - who I would have never probably met had it not been for Camden Town.

How has the area changed since you were younger?

I remember Camden Town being known for its uniqueness with most of its shops trading items and products that you could not get elsewhere. Sadly, in recent years this has rapidly declined as most shops on the high street are too focused on catering for tourists rather than for the community. It’s sad to see 75 per cent of the shops selling the same products, for example “I Love London” t-shirts.

If you were guest editor of the Ham & High for a day, what one local issue would you most like to see reported?

I would focus my article on “Change”, both social and environmental. Promoting positive change as a society, in order to help the environment and the animals that inhabit it.

What is the area’s best kept secret?

It’s not secret but I would have to say Primrose Hill. The view you get of London from the top of the hill on a clear summer night is unforgettable! I love it!

What have you learnt most from your work with young people and at Clime-it Brothers?

The experience I am currently having with my social enterprise Clime-it Brothers is nothing shorter than a living dream.

To help youngsters who were once at risk change their life around in a positive manner is so rewarding for all parties.

My passion is to creatively help people reach their full potential and I believe we are doing that everyday!

What makes you smile when you walk to work?

Knowing how far I have come as a person. From a youngster that was easily influenced into doing wrong to a young adult that is using his experiences and creative skills to help people not make the same mistakes I did. Hope that makes you smile too.

If you had to write your own epitaph, what would it say?

Success is a group effort, nobody can be successful alone. Live more! Smile more! Love more! Because what the mind can believe, the mind can also achieve.

Mubarak Mohamud was in conversation with Paul Wright.

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