National Windrush Day
National Windrush Day takes place annually on 22 June as a celebration of the huge contribution the Windrush Generations and their families have made to Britain’s cultural social and economic life. The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have now launched a dedicated Windrush fund to support local authorities and community organisations to deliver projects that celebrate the Windrush Generation or educate others about their story.
Haringey Council have been awarded £10,000 in funding by the MHCLG to deliver a series of community led projects seeking to celebrate, commemorate and educate communities about the history of the HMT Empire Windrush.
We are inviting local organisations to apply for grants of £100 to £1,000 to support projects that involve Haringey’s communities in our celebration of this year's National Windrush Day and during the week leading up to it.
See the documents below for guidance and to apply - the closing date for applications is 3 May 2019:
- Windrush Day Community Fund - application form (Word, 36KB)
- Windrush Day Community Fund - guidance notes (PDF, 65KB)
HMT Empire Windrush arrived at the Port of Tilbury on 21 June 1948 and its passengers disembarked a day later. The ship carried 492 Caribbean migrants, many of them veterans of the Second World War. The ship and its passengers have a symbolic status as the start of the Windrush Generation. The Windrush Generation denotes the people who emigrated from the Caribbean to Britain between the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948 and the Immigration Act 1971, including the passengers on the first ship.
Haringey has a proud history of welcoming migrants from all over the world to live and work here. The collection at Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive reflects a long association with diversity - a heritage reinforced with the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush in 1948. The Windrush Generation have contributed to all aspects of life in Haringey and are integral to community life in the borough helping to create a welcoming, nurturing environment for people from all over the world.
The Windrush Generation, and their descendants have made a large contribution to not only Haringey but Britain’s cultural, social and economic life.
The week of 15 to 22 June will see a borough-wide celebration of the arrival of the Windrush in 1948 and the legacy of the Windrush Generation, with events and activities in venues across Haringey.
Through a community fund and working closely with libraries, and venues across the borough, a coordinated programme of community led Windrush themed events - from tea parties, to reminiscence cafes, to workshops for children - aims to capture stories from the Windrush Generation.
The week will culminate on National Windrush Day (22 June 2019) with a borough wide day of celebration aiming to commemorate and celebrate the contribution the Windrush Generation have made to communities in Haringey and beyond.