Windrush Community Project

Hackney & Windrush

Hackney has a special relationship with Windrush: between 1948 and 1962, 278,000 Caribbean men, women and children migrated to Britain. Hackney was a popular choice for them to settle not least because it was already home to many diverse communities: people of African descent have lived in Hackney (and Britain) for centuries before Windrush. The legacy of this can be seen in 2011 census data with over 25% of Hackney’s population self-designating as having African or Caribbean heritage. In comparison, just over 3% of Britain’s total population put themselves in these categories.

In August 2018, the London Borough of Hackney was the first council in the UK to pass a comprehensive motion regarding the Windrush generation. The Council also celebrates Windrush Day on 22 June – the date the ship HMT Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury Docks in 1948.

You can read more about Hackney Council’s commitment to the Windrush Generation on the Council’s website:

https://hackney.gov.uk/windrush

“We built our homes out of ‘no blacks’ signs”
A poem for the Windrush Generation, by Theophina Gabriel.
Read by Sonja Welsh and her two granddaughters.

Our Windrush Project Aims

The starting point for our project is the platform Hackney Council has already created for the Windrush Generation and the Windrush archive material already gathered in Hackney Archives and Hackney Museum.

Together with our community and local partners, we will:

  • Highlight Hackney’s Windrush programmes and archives
  • Communicate and share information on the Windrush Schemes
    • Windrush Compensation Scheme – assisting those who wish to claim compensation for suffered losses because they could not show that they had a right to live in the UK. ‘Losses’ can include not being able to work, find a place to live or get health treatment. They can also include immigration action, like detention or removal from the UK.
    • Windrush Scheme – assisting those who wish to apply for documentation to prove they can live and work in the UK
  • support local people who as members of the Windrush Generation are eligible to apply to one or both of the Windrush Schemes.
  • Help increase awareness of Windrush and the Windrush Generation through creative thoughtful means including two specially commissioned short digital films focusing on local people and their experiences.

This project is funded by The Windrush Community Fund. The Windrush Community Fund was designed with the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group and is a Home Office fund administered by Voice4Change England.

Windrush Schemes

Windrush Scheme

The Windrush Scheme is a government project set up to assist members of the Windrush Generation to secure necessary documentation showing their right to be in the UK.

If you are a member of the Windrush Generation and are settled in the UK but do not have a document to prove it, you may be eligible to apply if one of the following is true:

You might also be entitled to apply for citizenship if you are a Commonwealth citizen who settled in the UK before 1 January 1973, or you are the child of someone who did.

Windrush Compensation Scheme

The Windrush Compensation Scheme is a government project set up to compensate members of the Windrush generation who suffered losses because they could not show that they had a right to live in the UK. ‘Losses’ can be things like not being able to work, find a place to live or get health treatment. They can also include immigration action, like detention or removal from the UK.

You can apply if:

  • you came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973
  • your parents or grandparents came to the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973
  • you came to the UK from any country before 31 December 1988 and are now settled here
  • you are the close family member of someone eligible to claim and you have had significant losses yourself
  • you represent the estate of someone who would have been eligible

You can claim compensation for losses relating to:

  • employment
  • immigration fees
  • housing
  • health
  • education
  • driving licences
  • banking
  • daily life – for example, you missed major family events or could not travel
  • detention and removal

Our Windrush Videographers

We have appointed two free-lance videographers to create our Windrush digital films.
Filming will commence in July 2021, with invitations going out to local people who want to get involved.

Linzy Attenborough

Linzy Attenborough

Videographer

Linzy trained to be an actor at some of the UK’s leading drama institutions before she realised that she wanted to be behind the camera and retrained to be a filmmaker.
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Sidal Ergüde

Sidal Ergüde

Videographer

Sıdal is a producer, film director, and founder of Zero State Productions LTD. She studied Journalism at Marmara University and did Masters’s in Filmmaking in Barcelona.
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