The Windrush scandal was a 2018 inhumane scandal concerning people who were wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation resulting in heartache and pain for many long-term UK residents. The UK Government Home Office (HO) seek to correct the wrongs by initially enlisting the support of Windrush Community Ambassadors (Sept 2020-Jan 2021) and now in the announcement of The Windrush Community Fund (WCF).
The WCF support community, charities, churches and grassroots organisations to run outreach and promotional activity to raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme. Applications are welcomed from organisations who wish to promote these schemes to all those eligible to apply, from all communities and nationalities. These Schemes seeks to encourage more people to access the government Windrush schemes acquire the documents they need to prove their right to live and work in the UK, and to claim compensation if they suffered losses and impacts, such as not being able to work or get healthcare.
The WCF will provide grants of up to £25,000 to community and grassroots organisations who can produce engaging communications programmes to raise awareness of the Windrush schemes.
Activities might include:
- Holding promotional and outreach events (i.e.: an innovative project)
- Producing and distributing marketing materials
- Accessing and using communication channels
- Securing support from corporate partners, public or prominent figures or advocates