Community Education and Training Services

UK Registered Charity No.: 269681. Est. 1975.

UK Registered Learning Provider. Department for Education and Skills Registration No.:10006844


Text Box: We support Self-Help, Community Development and Sustainable Environment
Text Box: The Vince Hines Foundation was founded in West London, England, by Dr. Vince Hines, in 1975 and registered as a national education charity. It is a UK Learning Provider, registered at the Department for Education and Skills.

The Foundation was founded in response to pressing social needs among young people in London, particularly among ‘new-comers’ from the British Commonwealth at the time. The Foundation Management have learnt much about, and contributed significantly to, community development at the grassroots since the formation of the charity. 

Management Structures

 A Board of Trustees and voluntary committees manage the Foundation’s activities. Volunteers, including young people, are used extensively. The operational direction of the Charity is based on the following seven broad headings – organisation development, family support, youth development, community learning, sports and leisure, support for the over 50s and community development. Advocacy, Networking and Partnerships are important themes of the Foundation’s work.  

The overall management of the Foundation is the responsibility of its elected Central Management Committee. The day-to-day operational matters of the Charity are the responsibility of the National Director, also known in the Foundation’s registered rules as Chief Executive.

The Central Management Committee is made up of honorary members, nominated from a variety of backgrounds, based on their specialist expertise and local knowledge. Registered members of the Foundation elect Central Committee members, once every two years, to serve initially for a term of two years, and who may remain in post for subsequent terms, if unopposed. 

Philosophy of Organisation

The Foundation's philosophy is based on the notion of 'Active Citizenship', which says self-help for Community development, following the line that, given clear opportunities, direction, information and proper guidance, creating among the disadvantaged a sense of purpose and worth, the target groups, will motivate themselves to achieve and gain a higher standard of living in society, for theirs, as well as the wider benefits of the Community as a whole 

Current Strength and Weakness

Strength is the success of the Foundation’s work among those who may be hardest to reach and at the fringe of social exclusions. 

Weakness is having a large, significant, immediate and consistent client base and inadequate core resources for professional and long term planning, to expand its service delivery to members of the community. This is particularly important to enable the Voluntary and community sector to participate meaningfully in contributing to the realisation of the government’s Local Strategic Partnerships’ policy applications and capacity building. 


In 2006, the Foundation celebrates thirty one years of working in the community. It is the Foundation’s view that, in order for those concerned to discharge their core community development remits, they have to engineer cultural and relationship changes through the development, at all levels, of genuine working partnerships. This must be seen in progress and measurable.
The Foundation has built up additional confidence among members of the local community.   As a result, positive word-of-mouth and self-referrals were crucial to the success of the Foundation’s work. What has been demonstrated is that there is a need for the services the Foundation offers. 

Confidence and Expectations

With community confidence comes expectations. Where those expectations cannot be fulfilled, disillusionment sets in.

It is important that the work of the Foundation continues consistently. Needs identified are regular and consistent. Every effort must be made to ensure that lines of communications with beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries are maintained and developed for the benefit of the wider community. This is particularly important now as Britain continues to expand rapidly into “multi-culturalism”.

The Foundation Management has therefore up-graded its structures to build on past successes, and to contribute to government local strategic partnership thrusts for neighbourhood renewal. 

Based on its many years of working at the grass roots, in a multi-ethnic environment, the Foundation is pointedly aware, however, that “racism has not yet been put to bed”.

The above, therefore, sets out briefly areas of the vision for achieving the Foundation’s current and future objectives, in addition to discharging any contractual commitments to partners, in delivering services to beneficiaries.

‘Responding to the challenges’

Mission Statement

Services On Offer

Priorities & Target Groups

Case notes

Projected Outcomes


Management and Staff

Contact Us

Research and Reports

British Govt. Policies and Black Self-Help


Marcus Garvey, Race and Community Development

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Building Fund

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