We are delighted to announce funding for nine organisations working to support members of the Windrush generation.

The Windrush Justice Fund was created in the wake of the Windrush scandal, through the generous donations of the public, and the Mayor of London. 

This is the second, and final, round of funding. It comes at a time when many organisations are facing shutdown or a major rethink of their services, due to coronavirus lockdown. We are supporting organisations to review their projects and services, whether postponing planned events or moving advice sessions online.

Photo courtesy of The Pilgrim Church 

The successful projects in round two are:

Funding of £5,000 has been granted to the Black Cultural Archives to continue their work providing public outreach, and organising legal advice sessions. The funding supports a programme of events that included a large public information session in January 2020, followed by legal advice surgeries. The team have moved swiftly to take legal advice sessions online following lockdown and are looking at alternative models of outreach.

 

The Croydon African Caribbean Family Organisation has been granted £2,000 to support their outreach work, providing affected people with information on how to secure their status, claim hardship funding or apply for compensation, including referring people to legal advisors.

 

North Kensington Law Centre was granted £3,000 to support its work supporting people to claim compensation from the Windrush Compensation Scheme. The offers of compensation received so far have been totally inadequate, and the team are supporting people to appeal.

 

Northamptonshire Rights and Equalities Council has received £3,000 to provide a series of advice sessions to support people to make applications under the Windrush scheme. Originally planned as events in Northampton and Wellingborough, these advice sessions are being redesigned to run online, ensuring that in spite of the lockdown support will be available for people making applications.

 

The Centre for Migration Advice and Research has received £5,000 towards its work providing legal workshops to enable people to apply to the Windrush Task Force for immigration status documents, to obtain assistance from the Vulnerable Person Team for hardship payments and to help people to make claims for compensation and redress. Prior to this application the team had already seen over 600 people affected by the Windrush scandal and will use the funding to continue delivering these sessions.

 

Preston Windrush Generation and Descendants UK received £3,100 towards their outreach work across Chorley, Preston and Blackpool. This is set to include advocacy, surgeries on the compensation scheme, one to one sessions, wellbeing support sessions and online and phone support.

 

The Pilgrim Church, Nottingham, received £3,000 towards the ongoing programme of support. The team has a strong track record of supporting those affected by the Windrush scandal, through regular advice sessions, one to one appointments and outreach through local groups and services. Funding in round one also supported the team to carry out engagement work through local media, raising awareness of the support available to those affected.

 

The Windrush Movement UK has received £3,300 to support its community engagement work, reaching out to those affected through partnerships with other community and faith groups and local media. One to one sessions will be available to support people to make applications.

 

Windrush Defenders Legal C.I.C received £5,000 to support people affected by the Windrush scandal across Greater Manchester, Preston, Leeds and the Northwest. The team will deliver community engagement work as well as offering assistance with applications to the Windrush scheme and claims for compensation.

 

Read about the five projects supported in round one here.