The Association of Jamaicans (UK) Trust is considered the oldest Jamaican voluntary social welfare organisation in the United Kingdom.
Shortly after Jamaica gained its Independence in August 1962 the Jamaica High Commission in London was set up. The newly appointed High Commissioner Sir Laurence Lindo and his staff discussed the practical advantages that would be derived from the setting up of an organisation within the Jamaican Community to act as a liaising body with the High Commission on all issues of a social, economic or cultural nature affecting the life of the Jamaican community in the United Kingdom.
A number of pioneering worthies were accordingly summoned to a meeting chaired by the deputy High Commissioner Mr. Reginald Phillips. After much deliberations and discussions, The Association of Jamaicans was founded in October 1962. The Trust was later added, hence our name ‘The Association of Jamaicans UK Trust – ‘AOJUK’
As an organisation we are happy to be celebrating 56 years since established and we take pleasure in doing so alongside Jamaica’s anniversary of independence.