We are really proud that our book Windrush Elders – Our Memories has received national press attention. We are so proud that our book has opened conversations in communities both near and far about the impact of the governments implementation of the “hostile environment” and how it has affected people from the Windrush Generation. Read more here

Through the creation of the book, 6 young people carried out a series of interviews with elders attending the ACLC centre in Haringey. The Centre was set up over 30 years ago and throughout this time has provided essential health and education services to people of African and Caribbean heritage from North London. Most of the elders interviewed were part of the Windrush generation and recounted unique stories ranging from harrowing tales about family left behind to joyous descriptions of the lives they made in their new homes. Young people were taught skills to convert interviews into fully formed biographies and we were blessed to share the finished product with the members of the ACLC during our Christmas event on the 18th December 2019 alongside our Chair Leroy Logan and the CEO of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Sarah Ebanja.

Much of the press attention received was focused on what young people have learnt through the books development and their interactions with the amazing elders who contributed to our book.

Press attention has lead to Voyage being invited to speak on national radio and has lead to NBC news in America contacting us to get young people opinions on the decision of Megan Markle and Prince Harry to leave the UK and their duties as Royals.

Saturday 11th January 2020
Hackney New City College – Student Lounge
from 12 noon till 3pm

We aim to have a fun filled afternoon reviewing last year with film, photos & music.
You will also hear about new opportunities including:

• Mentoring and academic support plans
• Voyage new Hackney Hubs- Dalston & Manor House
• Voyage’s all new Youth Advisory Board
• Paid work experience opportunities and internships
• Our new EU programme – France for over 17s
• Public speaking and volunteering opportunities
Complete the sign up form and see you then.

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