VINCE HINES is the founder of the Vince Hines Foundation on 19th July 1975, London, England.


Vince Hines, an African,  born 19th July 1942, St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, the Caribbean, the son of Ivy and Thomas. He shares similar birthplace as the Pan-Africanist and Visionary, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, 1887-1940.


Vince Hines immigrated to London England in May 1961 and joined his Farther. One month later he joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) and after three months military induction training, he joined the RAF Central School of Navigation. After his successful completion of his skills training, he joined the RAF Air Traffic Control Services. In the RAF he travelled widely.


He left the RAF in 1966 and joined the British Civil Service, the Department of Employment and Productivity in Whitehall, later that year. After a year, Vince Hines left the civil service and attended the City of London College, where he studied economics and politics. Subsequently, he studied Journalism at the London School of Journalism.


In 1971 he joined Fleet Street as a trained journalist. He became a member of the National Union of Journalist (NUJ) and contributed to the Guardian, Mirror, Sun, Time Out, Race Today, Socialists Worker, INK, International Times (IT), Seven Day, West Indian World, Caribbean Post, West Indian Voice, among others. He joined BBC Radio as a reporter 1972-73, and made a number of television broadcasts.


He contributed extensively to charitable and voluntary work in the African and Caribbean Community. Vince Hines co-funded the Council for Afro-Asian Peoples (CAAP) and became its first President in 1969-1971.


He founded and directed the Dashiki Council—a charitable body and one of the first independent African-managed self-help organisations in Britain for multi-deprived and homeless youth—during 1972-75. Based on the Dashiki model, a network of Black-managed self-help, social and welfare projects was generated through England and Wales, which benefited members of the African, African Caribbean, Asian and Caucasian communities.


In 1975 a number of well-known and highly respected men and women came together and validated the founding of the Vince Hines Foundation, a national education charity, in recognition of the important work, which Vince Hines has been doing in the Community. Over the many years of its work, the Foundation helped thousands in the field of education, training, social, welfare, legal and housing matters. Vince Hines is a trustee and Chairperson of the Foundation.


In 1977 Vince Hines gained a Doctorate in Social Science from the Ministerial Academy, a USA Academic Establishment with Annex in London. He previously held a Masters degree.


Dr. Hines is author of: “Britain, The Black Man and the Future”; “Black Youth and the Survival Game in Britain”; “Movement for Change”; “Pan Europeanism And Racism” and “How Black People Overcame Fifty Years of Repression in Britain 1945-1975 (Part One)” and “Afrikan Crucible And Resurrection”. He edited “Self-Help News”, a national publication, circulated within the Self-Help Movement in Britain 1980-90 and the “Advocate” Magazine 1993-1997. He is currently editor of “BECDF News”.


Vince Hines is co-founder of the National Federation of Self-Help Organisations and its first Chairperson during 1975-85. He was Chairperson of the Confederation of Africa Nationals and Descendants, 1991-94. He is Chairperson of the Standing Conference of African and Asian Peoples in Europe, set up in 1990 at Liverpool’s historic African-Asian Conference, 14,15, and 16 September 1990. He is a former member of East London University Afrikan Studies Centre Steering Committee and Academic Sub-committee.


Dr. Vince Hines is one of the senior representatives of  the Black European Community Development Federation (BECDF), Co-founder and Co-Chairperson of the Afrikan and Diaspora Institute (AaDI). He researched,  designed and published a number of social and community development initiatives in support of  Britain multi-cultural and multi-ethnic socially excluded. Some of these initiatives include:


“URBAN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE—Gun Babies of Our Making” - A Response by The Black Self-Help Movement To Britain’s Gun Crime Debate; 


“Partnership for Change” - for the empowerment of parents/guardians having children being excluded or at risk of being excluded from formal education;


“Partnership On The Street” - an innovative outreach programme, targeting children and young people between the ages of 13-18 years;


“Resource for Life” - a dynamic and innovative programme, supporting young people between the ages of 13-19 years, in order to access formal education, training and jobs;


“Family Support Programme” giving support to parents’ self-help initiatives, organised around children and adult needs, in response  to the education and criminal justice system, in so far as their qualities of life are affected or likely to be affected;


“Media for Community Development Programme” an initiative, which seeks  to utilise community media to promote social balance and harmony at the grassroots, within a multi-cultural society; and


A National Federation of Self-Help Partnerships: Launched in 2008, these type of innovative partnership initiatives were first of their kind in the UK, which used Memorandum of Understanding to provide the base on which partners, independent in their own rights, can work together for mutual support.


Membership to the Partnership is open to registered and unregistered voluntary and community groups, co-operatives, small and medium sized businesses, including sole traders. Only bona fide and active groups, including those with a written governing document or recognised mandate, are accepted to membership.

 The aims are to help create the conditions of trust, a culture of caring and sharing, in the interest of sustainable community development that meets the needs of the local community, where partners pooled resources for better management, efficient service delivery, avoidance of unnecessary service duplications, capacity building, sharing of expertise, and, for mutual benefits, present a collective voice to central government, local authorities, funders, policy makers and others as required. In brief, self-help partnerships promote strongly  social enterprises’ fundamental principles, given that  ‘free and unbridled market forces’ had not delivered satisfactory results for the enhancement of quality of life, to a growing  social underclass globally and a creeping world pollution which threatened us all.

 Dr Hines is credited to have introduced and intellectualised the Four Essential  SWEP Self-Help Principles— to Share, to Warn, to Encourage and to Protect, in times of plenty and times of scarcity, rejecting mendacity, larceny and slothfulness.

Working with Zulu Publications, Dr Hines released two works during Spring 2013, in a series of ‘History Made Simple’, designed to gain maximum interest, particularly among those members of the communities who would not normally have an interest in History.

The aim is to design education and training material to educate, inform and entertain, and introduce more people to British social history, who would not otherwise have an interest. And at the same time, help to create community cohesions.   

The first work in the series is  a sixty minutes Video/DVD presentation called “TRIUMPH OF THE GRASSROOTS—Forty Years of Contributing to British Social History 1970-2012”,  a look at  Commonwealth immigrants’ lasting contributions to Britain. This documentary is a combination of colourful photographic exhibition, history notes and narrations, showcasing forty years  of consistent and dynamic work by Commonwealth immigrants to Britain, now settlers, from former British colonies in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

Their endurance and active citizenships, created a unique self-help Partnership Network, which generated lasting contributions to British social history, and whose primary focus was on those harder to reach at the grassroots of Britain’s One Nation aspirations.

The other work is  an eighty four  minutes Video/DVD presentation, “VISIONS AND STRUGGLES WALK TOGETHER”. A look at the life and work of the Pan-Afrikanist, Philosopher, Journalist, Entrepreneur, Publisher, Afrikan Icon. National Hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940). The self-help ideals of Marcus Garvey inspired many of the immigrants from the Caribbean to Britain. Garvey was also a regularly visitor to the UK. He eventually settled  in West London, now called the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. He lived at 53 Talgarth Road, from 1938-1940, where he died and first buried in the London Kensal Green Cemetery.

Both works  were  prepared for schools and colleges, community and voluntary groups, local authorities and others who have an interest in diversities and equalities.

OTHERS WORKS By Dr Vince Hines are:

Urban Children and Young People: Gun Babies [ Afrika and Diaspora Institute Special Report No.3. March 2007 on gun violence among children and young people].

ENGLISH POOR REVOLT: Five Days of Street Rebellion in England, 6-10 August 2011. [Afrika and Diaspora Institute Special Report No.002/2011]

An Independent Global Afrikan ARchives. Consultation/Discussion Paper [Afrika and Diaspora Institute proposal to establish an independent Global Afrikan Archive. Ref.No.D3/2011].

British Social History: Dr Hines designed, introduced and continue to participate in a series of British Social History lectures, relating to Britain’s First Generation People of Afrikan Descendants, immigrated to the UK from the British Commonwealth and colonies, including their subsequent offspring contributions and achievements since 1596 to current date. Themes:  ‘EVALUATE, CELEBRATE AND MOVE FORWARD’.  

This programme is a series of lectures, delivered at the grassroots by prominent individual achievers and senior representatives of grassroots and other organisations. This community education programme is divided into two parts, and scheduled to run initially for five years.

In PART ONE, speakers chart the foundation, development and leadership by British citizens of Afrikan heritage, and their historical and unassailable contributions to Britain’s Nation building. In PART TWO is a call for “creating a New Social History for the 21st Century and beyond; continuing to building together with other ethnic groups, on the foundation of past successes.”

Vince Hines said, “This work is a collective study and demystification of British Social History during the period. It is an  history and aspirations of a group of British citizens, often marginalised, their historical achievements, since 1596 to present day,  their collective sovereignty, productivity,  creativity, community wealth building, growth,  prosperity, and ‘rights of passage’,  guided by SWEP Self-Help Principles.”

Target audience: people of various ages, ethnicities and social back grounds, parents, teachers, lecturers, students, youth and community workers, mentors, social workers, probation officers, prison officers, law enforcement personnel, magistrates, judges, personal advisors, trade unionists, and others, who have in their charge children and young people, who need grounding in the history of their families to Britain from the Caribbean, South America and Afrika.

These including those of bi-racial backgrounds (“mixed race”) and others, whose clearer understanding of the contributions  and achievements, by people of Afrikan heritage in Britain,  should provide better personal mental focus, self-esteem,  belonging, sense of pride and motivations. 

 Policy makers at various levels are also targeted. Those who should find the history and aspirations of a particular section of British Society useful in planning for a multi-cultural society now and in the future.

One of Vince Hines’ favourite anti-racist statements is — “The World is my Home and Nations my Family”.  


Zulu Publications, London, England

May 2014.


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Dr Vince Hines


Community Advocate,

Journalist and Educator

Vince Hines