Windrush Compensation Scheme – applications now open
The Government has launched their compensation scheme to address issues experienced by the Windrush generation. Anyone who has suffered loss or impacts on their life due to not having documents to demonstrate their right to live in the UK may be eligible.
The compensation covers a wide range of losses such as employment, benefits, education or NHS health care. Full details are available at http://www.gov.uk/windrush-compensation.
Please share with any family, friends and anyone you know who might be affected.
70th Anniversary celebrations
The first National Windrush Day was celebrated on Saturday, 22nd June. This marked the arrival of MV Empire Windrush on 22nd June 1948. This has become symbolic of the arrival of many migrants from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom to help re-build post-war Britain. Subsequent generations have established roots and made the United Kingdom their home. This journey and the contribution of the Windrush Generation is now woven into the tapestry of our nation.
Last year, as part of the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of this arrival, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would mark Windrush Day on the 22nd June every year going forward. The Windrush generation, along with our nation’s many diverse communities and cultures, have contributed a great deal to the rich cultural, social and economic fabric of the United Kingdom.
Work has been ongoing nationally with key figures in the British Caribbean community to commemorate, celebrate and educate on the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants. This work included a £500,000 grant divided amongst fifty community projects across the country which seek to share the experiences and stories of the Windrush Generation.
Activities and celebrations are taking place up and down the country from the 22nd June and beyond to highlight the story and journey of the Windrush Generation and their descendants. Further details of where and when events are taking place can be found here [PDF].