Note from The BPF Team

Dear Members, 

The BPF team would like to wish you all Eid Mubarak, from our family to yours! We hope you and your loved ones are keeping well and safe in these challenging times. 

We want to thank you to all those who have joined and started following us on our social media pages where we are continuing to showcase positive stories and showing how resilient and giving we are as a community.

BPF would like to carry on its mission of engaging, uniting and empowering community and without the support of our valuable members it won’t be possible. Please help us today by joining or renewing one of your memberships; Premier Club membership, Corporate membership and Patron membership. We want to thank you for your continued support with donations and supporting us as a member during the difficult times that we are all facing. 

As we go forward, we would like to understand how to keep you updated and help our community so please help us by taking part in our diaspora survey. We always value your comments, feedback and ideas.

We look forward to seeing you again soon. We wish you all the best, and hope that you, your family and friends stay safe and healthy.

Best wishes,
BPF Team
British Pakistan Foundation    

Covid-19 Diary

As part of BPF’s efforts to share factual and empowering stories during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have started a ‘Covid-19’ diary to hear from those with first hand experience of the virus and about their recovery. We hear from Dr Saima Sharif who is a Obstetrics & Gynaecology Doctor in London!

Outstanding British Pakistani: 
Bilal Bin Saqib

Bilal Bin Saqib is the founder and director of BBS&Co, a digital marketing agency with clients in the UK and overseas. When Bilal is not travelling for work, he dedicates his time to fundraising for a non-profit organisation he founded that has changed the lives of over 20,000 people living in water-deprived communities in Pakistan.

Bilal recently co-founded One Million Meals, which provides free meals to NHS workers on the frontline during the Covid-19 crisis. Bilal was also recently named one of Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2020 (Asia).
Read more here

Thank you to All Our Patrons

Thank you to all our Patrons for their continued support and to those who wished to remain anonymous. 

Members Section - Things you CAN DO to make the most of the Lock Down

1) Learn how to work effectively from Home.

2) Craft a Vision for you & your family in these aspects: Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual & Material.

3) Have one-on-one meetings with your family members in detail (speak less, listen more).

4) Plan your Year 2020 Goals.

5) Create Self Awareness (Go inside if not outside). This is the best time to reflect.

6) Perform Cleanup Activities (From your desktop to your home). Declutter.

7) Participate in Recreational Activities like gardening, indoor games and so on.

8) Read Good Books. Learn a language.

9) Make a list of People you owe Gratitude & give them a call to say thanks.

 Aliza Ayaz

News and Highlights

Visually impaired British-Pakistani teenager wins hearts at Britain's Got Talent

A 14-year-old visually-impaired British-Pakistani girl won hearts at Britain's Got Talent after wowing the crowd and the judges with her soulful vocals.

Sirine Jahangir's rendition of Gabrielle Aplin's My Salvation not only received a standing ovation from the audience, but also a yes from all four judges, taking her to the next round.

During the performance, Jahangir's younger brother and mother were visibly emotional as she played the piano and sang her heart out.

Click here to read more
100-Year-Old Man Raises £186,000 to Fight COVID-19 by Walking Laps in His Garden During Ramadan

In times of crisis, when nobody knows which way to turn, life can sometimes be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

That’s how 100-year-old war veteran Tom Moore, who was promoted from captain to colonel on his 100th birthday, raised £32.8 million for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden — and now, another elderly gentleman has decided to literally follow in his footsteps.

The only difference is that Dabirul Islam Choudhury — who is also 100 years old, from Bow in east London — has been walking around his backyard while fasting for Ramadan.

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Jobs and Opportunities

Funding, grants and opportunities open now

The British Council have a variety of grants and opportunities available from the The Alliance Hubert Curien Programme to Newton Fund Institutional Links in Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey and many more. 
Click here for more information 
The House of Commons opens applications to find next generation of BAME leaders

Following a successful pilot of the Pathway to Success leadership and development programme last year, the House of Commons alongside Operation Black Vote (OBV) and in collaboration with Oxford University’s Magdalen College, Blavatnik School of Government and Lloyds Banking Group has opened up applications for this year’s programme.

Click here for more information

Book of The Month - Secrets of Divine Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam

Secrets of Divine Love was written for the longing heart, for the one who is searching for something they have not been able to find. For the one who sometimes spirals into hopelessness and cannot help but feel too imperfect for a perfect God to love. This book is for the one who is at the edge of their faith, who has experienced religion as a harsh winter instead of the life-bearing spring it was sent to be by God.

Secrets of Divine Love serves as a compass and guiding light that returns you to the source of divine peace and surrender. Through the practices and pillars of Islam, you will learn how to unlock your spiritual potential and unveil your divine purpose.
Buy here

Work with BPF

Speak at BPF Events
If you are interested in speaking at our regular professional networking events, then please contact the BPF office at

Write for BPF
We love to hear from our members and would like to feature articles, blog posts etc. by our members on areas that impact the British Pakistan community. If you would like to contribute an article, blog post etc. for our monthly newsletter or website and need to know more about the different monthly topics then please contact the BPF office at


Partner with BPF

We need partners
If you are a business owner, entrepreneur or city professional who would like to offer mentoring, work experience, internships, or access to job opportunities to our top Young Professionals Programme members please contact the office at


Support BPF

Donating to BPF
Please help us continue our valuable work for the community by making a donation to BPF (Charity registration for England and Wales No: 1137700). If you would like to make either a regular or one-off donation to BPF then please contact the office at

Become a BPF Patron or Ambassador
If you are interested in becoming a Patron or Ambassador for BPF then please contact the office at

Sponsoring BPF Events
If you would like to sponsor a BPF event then please email the office at
If you would like to advertise in our newsletter or on our website then please contact the office at

If you are looking for mentorship apply

If you wish to become a mentor, apply here

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