Philippine Centre is a non profit charity organisation providing support and activities to the Filipino community in the UK. It is run by a group of volunteers. We get our funding via the membership fees and varius fundraising events.
The Philippine Centre is a gathering of Filipinos. It was a common desire and palpable need to bring together Filipinos living in the United Kingdom, not so much in the physical sense but rather in the spirit of unity and togetherness. Formed in March 1985 as a voluntary organisation, the Centre welcomes individuals and organisations who share its ideals and objectives without regard to their social and economic status nor to their religious persuasion. As envisaged, the Centre will endeavour to provide a programme of activities that will encourage Filipinos to develop further sense of community and mutual support. It will also strive to provide opportunities, facilities and services to foster a continuing interest and appreciation of Filipino values and tradition, culture and social norms. In 1988, the Philippine Centre became a registered charity in the United Kingdom. With that status, the Centre is working toward the day when it will have a place that will serve as a focal point for the Filipino community and its multi-faceted activities, thus assisting the community to develop a sense of identity which will exemplify that is noble and creative in the Filipino. This is the challenge to every Filipino who nurtures within him/her the spirit of samahan and damayan of unity not uniformity, and of helping without humiliating one another.
The ideals and objectives of the Centre are embodied in its constitution lodged with the Charities Commission. Those ideals and objectives become alive and meaningful as the Centre develops into a truly effective community organisation. Serving the community and other ethnic minority groups is foremost among those objectives. With well over 120,000 Filipinos living in Britain, the Centre is a vision they wish to become a reality.
In the pursuit of it’s objectives, the Centre constantly develops a programme of inter-related projects and activities intended to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the community, these programmes reflect the thrust of the Centre.