Warwick Hawkins and Jenny Kartupelis.

Message from the Directors, Faith in Society Ltd.

Welcome to our website. 2023 is the eighth year of Faith in Society’s work, and we have been working on several exciting projects. The most rewarding of these has been conducting oral history interviews with former residents of reception camps set up to accommodate Ugandan Asian refugees on their arrival in Britain in 1972 as part of a national 50th-anniversary programme led by the India Overseas Trust with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We also interviewed people who volunteered to assist the refugees at the time; the project has contributed significantly to the story of volunteering in the 20th century. There has also been a programme of discussions and a national touring exhibition – details are at https://bua50.org. Our co-Director Warwick has led on publicity for the launch of “My Silk Road”, the autobiography of prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist Ram Gidoomal CBE. He also continued to support a number of clients with their fundraising needs; and continues in his long-term role as Administrator and Projects Officer for the World Congress of Faiths charity.

With this country facing so many economic challenges in the aftermath of the Covid-10 pandemic and Brexit, we feel there is even more need for faith communities and wider civil society to reach out to each other locally and nationally. Even small actions can demonstrate care and respect for others. Faith in Society will continue to support places of worship, public sector bodies and charities large and small in this crucial endeavour.

British Ugandan Asians at 50

Faith in Society has been working closely with the India Overseas Trust to tell the story of the expelled Ugandan Asians and those who helped them when they arrived penniless in Britain 50 years ago.

On 18th September 1972, the first evacuation flight of Asians fleeing from Uganda landed at London’s Stansted Airport. A few weeks earlier, on 4th August 1972, the Ugandan dictator, General Idi Amin, had served 90 days’ notice on around 70,000 Asians to leave the country. Each family was permitted to take only £55 and one suitcase per individual. 28,200 of those who held British passports were admitted to the UK.

To commemorate the expulsion, we have conducted over 50 oral history interviews with former residents of reception camps set up to accommodate Ugandan Asian refugees on their arrival in Britain in 1972, and with those who volunteered at the time. Faith in Society has also run events alongside high-profile partners such as the National Archives, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the Curve Theatre in Leicester and the British Asian Trust, who hosted an event at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the King. We helped to curate a Touring Exhibition which has so far visited 18 venues around the country. More details of the programme and recordings of all the interviews can be found at bua50.org.

Work with us …

Expertise and experience are at the heart of our business. Our consultants come from a wide variety of backgrounds with a broad range of skill sets and experiences.

We are always looking for creative and collaborative personalities to join our consulting team. You’d be working alongside experienced faith-based professionals, and have plenty of opportunities to collaborate on exciting and challenging projects.

If you have a project idea or specific skills that could benefit our work, we are happy to chat further.

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With Warwick’s support, we were able to develop a number of projects and identify suitable funding. Warwick understood FODIP’s values and aims very well.  His continued support enabled a successful funding application, which will allow us to continue our much-needed work.  Warwick was splendid to work with.

Sadia Akram

Programme Director, FODIP - The Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine

Faith in Society has been an invaluable partner in a large AHRC project exploring how research on lived religion and lived belief can feed into better policy. Their extensive networks and practical experience at the highest level of national and local government have ensured that our consultations been both innovative and effective.

Professor Chris Baker

Goldsmith College, University of London

We are so grateful to Faith in Society for securing funding for our project. Warwick has also been able to link us to other groups and individuals who can help this work develop momentum. His advice and support has been invaluable.

 

Veronica Simpson

Director, Back in Control Consultancy

Warwick has a ‘can do’ mindset and is unfazed by initial limitations or challenges. He has been an immense help in demystifying funding applications – I no longer feel fazed by the reams of pages! I would love to work with Warwick again!“

Pastor Shola Oladipo

CEO, Food for Purpose

I just wanted also to express my sincere and deep gratitude for Warwick’s efforts, help and support in organising the Celebration Barnet, Unity in the Community Festival, We could not have planned this success without your involvement.

 

Esmond Rosen

Chair, Barnet Multi Faith Forum

Warwick assisted the charity in successfully securing several grants – all providing much-needed funds to help the UK Jewish community at large. Warwick’s help and guidance was immense and without him, we would have not secured the support.  JBCS is enormously thankful for all his help.

Trisha Curtis

Manager, Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service

Faith in Society has provided invaluable support to the Coventry Sacred Space programme. Warwick wrote an excellent report on our opening conference and has helped us with strategy development and several funding applications.

Deepak Naik

Executive Director, TiA Trust

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