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A Nottingham pastor has opened up on how the 'humility and dignity' of the Windrush Generation has inspired him in his life. Clive Foster, senior minister at the Pilgrim Church in the Meadows, set up the Windrush Response Project in 2018 to help people understand their rights, collate proof of their rights to remain in the UK as well as get compensation.

The Windrush Generation are those who arrived in the UK from a number of Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1973. In 2017, the Windrush scandal revealed many people had their landing cards destroyed and were wrongfully deported through the Government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ legislation.

“People of the Windrush Generation have an entrepreneurial spirit. They were willing to work and set up their own businesses, their mindset was very professional and they wanted to better themselves, their families and fulfil their potential.

Many of the Windrush Generation worked in factories and as nurses. Clive’s own mother was an auxiliary nurse for the NHS.

Today, Wednesday, June 22, the UK will mark Windrush Day, and Pastor Foster has said he will continue to help a generation that was treated unjustly but ‘gave so much to this country’. He said: “We’ve helped people get their status regulated and get access to the two main Windrush schemes which are getting status and compensation. We direct people to the Home Office and work with the Home Office on their behalf to accelerate claims.

Pastor Clive, who continues to help people, spoke about how people’s experiences have affected him. He continued: “I’ve found it moving and I’m inspired by the humility and dignity of people that have suffered so much. It’s a humbling experience and at times, it’s been very hard to see people wrongfully classified as illegal immigrants. These people could have been my own parents and they’ve given so much to the country.

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
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