Windrush Ambassador Update
Windrush Ambassador update
Hi what an experience…8 weeks in..
Raising Awareness re The Windrush Schemes
Several Windrush Online Events later
Multiple Radio interviews here in the South West and Nationally…
After news of the scheduled deportation..which came at us left field..
All Windrush Ambassadors ( 41 ) urgently United together. We devised and sent a joint letter to the Home Office making 3 recommendations.
The Home Office came straight back to us. They accepted the letter and points made including the recommendations…
3 days later, 37 out of the 50 passengers scheduled to be deported were removed from the list and allowed to stay.
Unfortunately we were not able to secure the same for all passengers but we tried and together with other activists achieved 37 remaining!
There is still work to be done…we know! But it was fortuitous to be in position to help..some!
Another emergency meeting …and a few days later again…this time with Bishop Derek Webley co-chair ( with Priti Patel ) to inquiry into Windrush scandal also in attendance agreeing to meet with us brought forth more good fruit…
We were contacted by the Home Office directly and informed that Priti Patel had made the decision to raise the lowest Windrush Compensation Scheme award from £250 – £10,000! A huge jump. Welcome news!
Also, a new preliminary within 6 week interim payment of £10,000 will now be made to those who qualify.
This has not been an easy task!!!
Infact it has been TOUGH!
But we did all this in 8 Weeks!
We also received a personal Thank you from the Home Office for all we had done in bringing the above to pass!!!
41 Windrush Ambassadors working as a bridge across the nation for our communities
We have been asked to stay on.
We have agreed to for a short while…so we will continue…
As for the South West…
Well I personally know of 4 people who have been helped to get papers etc as a result …with others seeking information and support…it may not sound like many but to each of them its huge!
In Bristol we have our plans for continued support …underway!!!
Watch this space!!!!
A very tired…Carole x