Windrush: engagement events

Before coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the Home Office ran a series of public events around the country to raise awareness of the Windrush Compensation Scheme and the work of the Windrush Taskforce. Engagement events are now taking place online. These events are open to everyone of any nationality.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 11 August 2020)

  • “Home Office staff present regularly at events”
  • “At all events, information is provided on who may be eligible for the Windrush Compensation Scheme, what kinds of losses and impacts it covers and how to apply. There is also an opportunity to ask questions”

Funding for events

The Home Office has funding available for community events. If you are a registered charity or recognised community group and you want to organise an event to provide information about the Windrush Scheme and Compensation Scheme to people in your networks and communities, you can apply for this funding.

Funding is available for venue hire, light refreshments and other associated costs such as projector screens.

Funding is still available to facilitate digital engagement using the same process as above. The reimbursement claims will need to relate to direct costs involved in organising or facilitating an online event and will continue to require invoice evidence, for example, monthly subscription fees for the digital platform used or WiFi boosters. Claims for labour costs and promotional materials are not included in this fund.

Your event should meet the following criteria:

  • to increase awareness of the Windrush Taskforce, the Compensation Scheme and claimant assistance available and encourage eligible people to apply for compensation
  • a representative from the Home Office will be invited
  • it must be open to all members of the public

The Home Office will prioritise funding for events in locations that have not previously held similar events, or with communities who have not yet been reached through such events.

Windrush Taskforce surgeries

The Windrush Taskforce has been travelling the country to explain the scheme and answer individual queries. They have run over 40 surgeries, with the support of local community groups and charities. Events have taken place in churches, community centres, mosques, gurdwaras and local council buildings.

If you are interested in hosting an event in your local community, please contact windrushsurgeries@homeoffice.gov.uk

For a list of upcoming online Windrush engagement events in August, please click here.

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