About the Tutu Foundation

The Tutu Foundation UK works to prevent and resolve conflict, to help people build peaceful communities across the UK by providing facilitation and mediation services, based on the principles of Ubuntu.

The Tutu Foundation UK was founded in 2007 by individuals with a proven track record in conflict resolution and reconciliation, the Very Reverend Colin Slee, the late Dean of Southwark Cathedral, and Edith Slee, with the support of their close friends Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Leah Tutu.

It is built on the inspiration and knowledge of South African communities who sought reconciliation rather than revenge following the overthrow of Apartheid, through the southern African concept of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu encourages us to recognise our common humanity, our connectedness and inter- dependence as fellow human beings. It emphasises what we have in common rather than our differences.

Desmond Tutu explains it like this:

“We believe that a person is a person through another person, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours. When I dehumanise you, I inexorably dehumanise myself.“

The Tutu foundation UK was set up to use and promote this philosophy in the UK. Particularly with young people involved in gang violence and in divided communities. The Foundation works with regional police forces, significant national institutions, corporates and in Northern Ireland helping to support the on-going peace process as well as local community and youth groups around the country.

In each case we are helping them tackle bullying, prejudices, and discrimination. We are working to increase respect and appreciation of each other’s individual humanity and so empower them as individuals and groups to achieve more, to overcome

Why we exist

The UK stood against apartheid and provided a refuge for those opposed to apartheid. It nurtured and taught their future leaders, particularly at Kings College London where Colin Slee was Chaplin. The UK have given much to Africa as well as destroying much.

Desmond Tutu has described the concept of Ubuntu as Southern Africa’s gift to the world. The creation of the Tutu Foundation UK established an organisation in the UK that celebrates this legacy of generosity, support.

Tutu Foundation UK Mission

We work to prevent & resolve conflict, to help people build peaceful communities across the UK, by providing facilitation and mediation services, based on the principles of Ubuntu.

Tutu Foundation UK Vision

By 2023 TFUK will be a significant enabler for changing communities and the “go to” repository of evidence based knowledge about, and source of advice on, building peaceful and harmonious communities. It will be seen as experts in building more cohesive communities, conflict resolution, and associated training. TFUK will be delivering round table projects and mediation services nationally.

Our Values

1. Ubuntu:

  • “We believe that a person is a person through another person, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours.”
  • “When I dehumanize you, I inexorably dehumanize myself.”

2. Learning-By-Doing:

  • We create and share knowledge through action.
  • The “Think Do Tank” model.

3. Partnership

  • We can’t do it all ourselves.
  • We collaborate with funding partners, delivery partners and research partners to design, build and execute projects that are founded on the principles of Ubuntu.
  • Together we listen, we learn and we share our knowledge and experience.