Windrush Day

Today, June 22nd marks Windrush Day. This new day, which began two years ago, is aimed at celebrating the Caribbean community and their contributions to British society. On June 22, 1949 – 71 years ago – several hundred people arrived from the Caribbean to live in Britain.

After World War Two, Caribbean people who had served in the British armed forces were encouraged to come to Britain and help to rebuild the UK. Many boarded a ship called the HMT Empire Windrush. It is estimated that around 500,000 people living in the UK are part of the Windrush Generation, who arrived between 1948 and 1971.

There are lots of ways you can celebrate the efforts and contributions of the Caribbean community, all from home, of course.

  1. Read through this PowerPoint to help you secure a better understanding of the Windrush generation and the impact they made to Britain.
  2. Listen to ’You Can Get It If You Really Want’ by Demond Dekker:
  3. We have all celebrated the NHS in recent months, use the link to read through the wonderful efforts of the Windrush nurses and the contributions they made to Britain.