Our Work

“To create a fair and thriving society by empowering and enabling disadvantaged individuals and communities to fulfil their true and full potential.”

The Aziz Foundation is a family charitable foundation established in 2015.
Our guiding philosophy and key principle of operation is to make strategic interventions to catalyse and energise change and development. We seek not to duplicate or compete with others but, wherever possible, to add value through co-operation, collaboration and partnerships. The focus of our work is in identifying and addressing the challenges faced by disadvantaged communities; developing new leadership from within these communities, and enabling them to participate positively in wider society.
Our key objectives are pursued through three major work streams as below.

Football Beyond Borders, Young Leaders 2016

Community Empowerment

Disadvantaged communities face many problems. Often these issues are specific to these communities and there are many initiatives to address them.

This work stream will work with disadvantaged communities, particularly African-Caribbean, Gypsy-Traveller, Muslim, and White working class communities to:

  • Identify the most pressing issues and needs facing them, and raise awareness around them.
  • Support key local and national initiatives that seek to build capacity to address these issues and needs – either directly through direct development work, or indirectly, through arts, culture and sports.
  • Develop best practice and efficiency in these communities in addressing their own needs and contributing to the common good.

Arwa Ibrahim, Aziz Foundation Scholar, 2015

Leadership Development

Disadvantaged communities often suffer from poor leadership – critically, from a lack of leaders conversant with and able to bridge between both disadvantaged communities and wider society. 

The leadership development work stream will support the development of leadership in disadvantaged communities that is appropriate to their needs, through:

  • Identifying gaps in the capacity of the current leadership.
  • Supporting the development of initiatives that can fill these gaps in future leadership.
  • Identifying potential future leaders and supporting them in equipping themselves for that role. 

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Patchwork Foundation, Mandela Project, 2016

Public Engagement

Disadvantaged communities often lack representation and a voice in mainstream society.

This work stream will assist in strengthening that representation and voice in wider society, to enable them to play an active role in public life, to address their own needs and to contribute to the common good, by: 

  • Producing their own research and narratives about their communities.
  • Learning about public life, engaging in politics and speaking to power.
  • Influencing public policy to achieve group justice.
  • Speaking to the nation to correct misinformation, stereotypes and prejudice.
  • Challenging disadvantage and discrimination through strategic litigation.

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