Windrush Day came about following a campaign by Patrick Vernon. This came to fruition in 2018 when the Government announced that a national Windrush Day would take place on 22 June every year to encourage communities across the country to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants, Communities.
Ten Windrush charities came together in Croydon to celebrate our first Windrush Day in 2019.
- Association of Jamaicans UK Trust
- Association of Guyanese Nurses & Allied Professionals
- Barbados Overseas Nurses Association
- Croydon African Caribbean Family Organisation
- Croydon Caribbean Credit Union
- Croydon Domino and Social Club
- Croydon Supplementary Education Project
- Croydon Sickle Cell Thalassemia Support Group
- Friends of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica
- Nurses Association of Jamaica UK
The event was blessed by Associate Priest at the Diocese of Southwark and popular Croydon elder Reverend Jean Yearwood.
The ten Windrush Charities then celebrated Windrush Day in spectacular style under the theme of ‘Our pioneers, Our heroes, Our contribution’.
We had entertainment and lunch for Windrush Elders (70 years +); activities and buffet for Young People (11 to 18 years); and entertainment for everyone between followed by Windrush quizzes, a domino competition and ending with a Windrush Dance.
Plans for 2020 Celebrations have been scuppered by the pandemic. However, we hope to hold another bigger and even better joint event in 2021.
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