A second public event is to take place in Thornton Heath next weekend to help residents affected by the Windrush scandal find out more about claiming compensation.
This event follows a previous public meeting held in the borough to inform people of the Windrush Compensation Scheme and forms part of the Home Office’s work to raise awareness of the compensation available via charities and recognised community groups.
Croydon African Caribbean Family Organisation (CACFO) UK is a Thornton Heath charity chaired by Councillor Callton Young, who is working with Windrush Action to secure fair and just compensation for Windrush victims.
Due to the level of local interest at the previous meeting, they have successfully persuaded the Home Office to hold a second meeting in Croydon.
Taking place on Saturday 9 November at CACFO UK on 40 Northwood Road between 11am and 1pm, the session will provide information on who may be eligible for compensation, what kind of impacts and losses are covered by the scheme and how to apply.
Members of the Windrush Taskforce, set up to help those affected by the Windrush scandal, will also be on hand to answer any questions attendees may have and once again, moral support from community members will be available for any residents who are nervous or unsure.
CAFCO and the Home Office are hosting the event
Councillor Young said: “Hosting a second event in Thornton Heath ward is necessary because our first meeting proved to be the biggest in London so far. It was packed with local residents interested in resolving their immigration status or wanting to apply for compensation as victims of the Windrush scandal.
“This was unsurprising to me as Thornton Heath is home to the largest number of West Indians of any ward in London. Reaching out to victims and giving them the confidence to come forward via a trusted local partner is a real priority.”
Anyone unable to make the event can contact the Home Office’s dedicated helpline on 0800 678 1925 or email WindrushCompensationScheme@homeof
fice.gov.uk Alternatively find out more at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/windrush-compensation-scheme