How you can help the Windrush generation - The Guardian

From donating to protesting, here are some of the practical ways individuals can contribute

RAF officials welcome Jamaicans at Tilbury docks, in June 1948.

RAF officials from the Colonial Office welcome Jamaicans disembarked from the Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks, in June 1948. Photograph: PA

Call the Home Office hotline

If you know anyone who may be affected by the Windrush scandal the Home Office has provided a freephone number for help in finding the evidence to support a claim and getting No Time Limit permits. The number is: 0800 678 1925. The opening times are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. There is also an email address: commonwealthtaskforce@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Seek advice

The Immigration Advice Service is offering free support for anyone in the Windrush generation needing assistance. 

Donate and support

A number of charities and non-governmental organisations have been helping. These include:

  • Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants helps those who have been affected by immigration and asylum law.
  • Law Centres Network has a list of local Law Centres around the UK that can help those who cannot afford a lawyer.
  • Praxis has seen more and more cases from Windrush-era children. The charity provides advice, support and a place to meet for vulnerable migrants and refugees. 
  • Refugee and Migrant Centre raised the case of Paulette Wilson, who spent a week in detention because she had no papers proving she had a right to be in the UK. The charity helps people with settling and integrating into their community. 
  • St Mungo’s supports those experiencing homelessness. It also helps people fight to regularise their immigration status. Along with Praxis, it intervened on Winston Jones’ behalf after he ended up sleeping rough after doubts about his right to be in the country.
  • Windrush Foundation highlights the African and Caribbean contribution to public service. The foundation will be commemorating the 70th anniversary this year of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 22 June 1948.

Protest

March to the Home Office on Saturday 28 April in solidarity with those who have been treated badly by the scandal. The protest begins at 2pm at Parliament Square.

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