The 'Windrush Scandal' has impacted on the Windrush Generation and their descendants. Many people have lost their jobs, housing, health care and important opportunities or have been put in detention and deported or refused re-entry into the country after attending a family funeral, wedding or holiday because they did not have the documents to prove their status.
The 'Windrush Defenders' was formed in April 2018, after the Government announced the Windrush Scheme. We voluntarily assist those affected by the scandal with rectifying their status and claiming compensation. Since then we have worked tirelessly assisting many people with obtaining the correct documentations and British Citizenship.
We have done all that we can without any grant funding or support from the government and we now need your help in order to continue assisting those with difficult Windrush Scheme applications and those who are eligible for compensation. The Home Office had announced last year May that they would be appointing an additional service to assist people affected by the scandal through a tender process. However, to date, this has not been forthcoming and nearly one year has elapsed from the announcement of the compensation scheme which is only open for a limited period.
The Government estimates 15,000 people have been affected but the number of people applying to the scheme has been low nationally. It has been announced in Parliament that out of an estimated compensation fund of £200m to £570m only £62k has been paid out to 36 people to date. We strongly believe that this is due to the lack of awareness of the scheme, the accessibility, and complexity of the forms. Many of the people affected are vulnerable and are not able to complete their own claims. Most cannot afford to pay for legal help. This is why the voluntary service Windrush Defenders provides is so important to those who are affected.
Your donation will help with the cost of room hire to provide free "Windrush Surgeries" in the local communities, travel costs and other resources to assist those who are affected. We know many have been suffering in silence and it is thought many still fear coming forward. Your support will also help us to increase the awareness of our service in culturally appropriate ways to reach the affected communities the Home Office cannot reach.
Thank you for you support.