Guidance

Windrush: engagement events

Find out about the latest Windrush Compensation Scheme and Windrush Taskforce engagement events.

An introduction to the Windrush Compensation Scheme

Martin Forde introduces the Windrush Compensation Scheme

To help you find out more information about the Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme, we have provided a slide pack for you to read through. This slide pack includes information on the following:

  • Windrush Timeline (from April 2018)
  • Windrush Help Team and the Claimant Assistance available
  • The Windrush Scheme
  • The Windrush Compensation Scheme
  • The Windrush Community Fund
  • Improvements to the Windrush Compensation Scheme and what these mean for your claim
  • How to contact the Windrush Help Team

You can access this slide pack as a PDF or a PowerPoint presentation to help you share this information within your communities and raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme.

You can also see the accessible version of the slide pack.

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.

Home Office staff also present regularly at events set up by external community organisations for the same purpose.

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.

Upcoming events

Online engagement events are organised to help you find out more about the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Details of future events will be provided in due course. In the meantime, you can read more about the Windrush Scheme and the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

If you need more information, contact the Windrush Help Team for free.

Telephone: 0800 678 1925

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm

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.

Please email Windrusheventfunding@homeoffice.gov.uk for an application form and further information.

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

Published 16 June 2020
Last updated 11 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Information pack published.

  2. Updated information about cancelled events, and where to get more information.

  3. Added new Windrush engagement events.

  4. Added new Windrush engagement events.

  5. Removed outdated events.

  6. Updated online events platform from Skype to Zoom.

  7. Updated information on funding digital engagement.

  8. First published.