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Windrush Day 2020 launches with ₤500K for communities

COMMUNITIES across the country will share ₤500,000 to host events marking the 2nd national Windrush Day, was confirmed on Thursday, 5 March 2020 by the Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP. The nation will pay tribute to the outstanding and ongoing contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants on 22 June 2020. Building on the success of the inaugural national Windrush Day last year, 49 projects across the country will receive funding to mark Windrush Day 2020 and commemorate the seminal moment nearly 72 years ago when the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks. Those hosting events will work to celebrate, commemorate and educate communities on the leading role the Windrush Generation and their descendants have played in making Britain stronger, culturally richer and more inclusive.

4 projects across the North West will receive a share of over ₤29,000 to hold a rich and wide ranging series of events, including:-

Project in Manchester to teach young people about the commercial impact of Windrush generation music led by West Indian Sports and Social Club.

Intergenerational booklet written by young people from engagement with their grandparents supported, by Strategies to Elevate People, in Trafford.

A celebratory Church Service, community fun day and a partnership with Universities to produce a booklet capturing Windrush Generation's heritage, in Manchester.

Community arts project and public exhibition as well as creation of an educational resource for local Primary Schools, by Brunswick Parish Church.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:- "Windrush Day provides a great opportunity for all of us to come together and remember that we are a better country for the central role British Caribbean communities have played in post war Britain. British Caribbean communities have made Britain a better, more prosperous country in so many ways. From the communities they have built to the public services they have supported and led, and the arts and culture they have enriched, they have made an incredible contribution to their country. It is right we reflect on this hugely positive impact on our society and I'd encourage everyone to come together to share and commemorate on 22 June 2020, and in the days and weeks beyond."

Wallen Matthie, Windrush Day Advisory Panel member said:- "Windrush Day serves to commemorate the powerful legacy of the Windrush Generation and their descendants who have changed Britain for the better.  It was moving to join events last year as the nation came together to mark this vital part of our shared heritage and history.  Now the aim is to further embed Windrush Day in the national consciousness and ensure we continue to honour the Windrush Generation and their descendants for years to come."

Today, new guidance supporting community groups and Civil Society organisations to host their own events has also been launched. The marketing and events toolkit will ensure Windrush Day is marked as widely as possible in communities around the country.

Windrush Day...

In June 2018, the Government announced an annual Windrush Day to encourage communities across the country to commemorate the Windrush story on Windrush Day and throughout the year. The national celebration is backed by a ₤500,000 Windrush Day Grant Scheme overseen by a Windrush Day Advisory Panel of community representatives. Launched in October 2019, the Windrush Day Grant Scheme received over 200 bids for funding from community groups, charities and Local Authorities across England. This year's successful bids came from across the country from Birmingham to Bristol and Leicester to Leeds indicating the breadth of enthusiasm in communities across the country to mark Windrush Day 2020.

The Windrush Generation..

Windrush Day marks the Anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush, at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on 22 June 1948. The arrival of the Empire Windrush nearly 72 ago marked a seminal moment in Britain's history and has come to represent the rich diversity of this nation. Those who arrived on the Empire Windrush, their descendants and those who followed them have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to Britain, not just in the vital work of rebuilding the country and public services following WWII, but in enriching our shared social, economic, cultural and religious life. Overcoming great sacrifice and hardship, the Windrush Generation and their descendants have gone on to lead the field across public life, in business, the arts and sport. Britain would be much diminished without their contribution.

BBFC changes the way domestic abuse is referred to in ratings

THE British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is changing the way it highlights domestic abuse in ratings info for films and episodic content, after working with Women's Aid and Respect on new research. The research, which focused on both female and male survivors of domestic abuse, experts and the general public, showed that the BBFC is getting it right when it comes to classification decisions in both films and episodic content featuring domestic abuse. The regulator already takes domestic abuse portrayals seriously, and the respondents agreed that the BBFC rightly classifies these issues at a higher category.

The research showed that 'less is more,' and going into too much detail in the ratings info is a minefield as people's sensitivities and triggers are complex, this is already taken into account in the classification decision. It was highlighted that the widely understood catch all term of:- 'domestic abuse' was much better placed to describe such scenes, as it is considered broad enough to include:- psychological and economic abuse, gas lighting and non sexual abuse of children.

Therefore, the BBFC will now use:- 'domestic abuse' instead of:- 'domestic violence' in the ratings info it issues to accompany its ratings. The BBFC will also stop using the term 'themes of,' which the research showed people felt trivialised the issue.

The research flagged that survivors can be triggered by scenes of domestic abuse, especially if it is unexpected. This can be traumatising, and can lead to people avoiding certain types of content. Responding to these findings, the BBFC will now flag domestic abuse in every case, even if the scenes are not category defining.

David Austin, Chief Executive of the BBFC, said:- "This timely and important research is shining a light on people's attitudes towards domestic abuse, and it's important that our classifications reflect what people think. It's very encouraging to see that we're getting our classification decisions right when it comes to domestic abuse, which already can be category defining. But what it has shown, is that we should bring our ratings info more in line with what people expect and understand, which is exactly what we're going to be doing. These changes will give people the information they need to choose content well. Most particularly in this case, the ratings info will highlight the issues to those that have been personally affected by domestic abuse, so they are forewarned of content which could trigger distress."

While there were few factors that would reduce the impact of watching a scene of domestic abuse, a series of aggravating factors among survivors were flagged, including:- the sound of a key turning in a lock; the silence before an attack; the sound of a slap or a punch; and seeing fear in someone's face or eyes.

Adina Claire, Acting co-Chief Executive of Women's Aid, said:- "This research has given an important insight into what survivors, experts and the general public think about depictions of domestic abuse in films and episodic content. We're pleased that the BBFC have responded to the report, and have reflected the attitudes in their classification policies; meaning that anyone affected by domestic abuse will now have the clear and consistent information they need about what triggers content may contain."

The research also found that the term:- 'child abuse' was widely associated with sexual abuse, rather than domestic abuse, and having a child present in a scene depicting domestic abuse often meant that the scene was more triggering for audiences. Therefore, the BBFC will limit the use of 'child abuse' to scenes where child sexual abuse is depicted only, with non sexual child abuse also described as:- 'domestic abuse.'

People agreed it's very important to educate audiences about the issue and to encourage awareness and discussion. As such, the research strongly underpins the BBFC's policy of being less restrictive on public information campaigns than on commercial trailers and ads, rating them at the lowest reasonable classification.

Norman Wallis has announced his ambitious plans for Pleasureland

THE owner of Pleasureland in Southport, and self professed tourism and attractions expert Norman Wallis, has announced his ambitious plans for the park's future, responded to the latest high street retail blow for the Town by publicly revealing his plan to help the Town grow and flourish.

BHS, Debenhams and Beales may be leaving the Town's retail mix, but there is no reason the buildings they occupied can't contribute when it comes to creating a new vibrancy for the Town that will help reinvigorate the economy. He insists they can still have a viable role.

Says Mr Wallis:- "Smaller Towns' retail is no longer suited to larger department store offerings, that, sadly, has been proven time and time again. What that means is we can't hope that more of the same will work, it won't. We need to look at new ways of bringing these buildings back into the fold with something relevant and useful to contribute. The plan I've been developing is around creating a world centre of excellence for tourism here, in Southport. The plan, which has already been shared with a number of the Town's key stakeholders, includes the creation of a world class Tourism Academy. This academy will train tomorrow's industry professionals so that they are ready to meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry. It will combine vocational teaching with a broad church of hands on experience in line with what the industry needs to be prepared to face next. People's ideas about the landscape of what makes a leisure experience attractive might change, but its core values remain the same. Fun, escapism, relaxation, feeling a bit special, being looked after, time with friends and family. So there's a dynamic at work here, especially as the UK's biggest industry settles down to life after Brexit, and Southport is particularly well placed to take advantage. All over the world the tourism industry requires excellent staff and key personnel trained in the requirements for an incredibly diverse industry. Tourism requires everything from health and safety to creative and conceptual professionals, digital systems technicians, chefs, marketers, financial people through to mechanical and electrical experts. The tourism industry is literally a world of its own and the diversity of people involved is enormous. There is a huge opportunity to train and become the home of this new generation of industry specific professionals. My plan envisages a multiple base academy led by education professionals and inspired by industry greats. I've already opened dialogue with respected educators and I'm now talking to Town leaders about the prospect. The plan needs big buildings. We have them. The plan needs great educators. We're already speaking to them. And it needs the support of Town leaders; and discussions are underway."

The plan offers huge benefits for the local and City Region economy and has been discussed at the highest level.

He added:- "The Town has a team of professional and proven destination creators and marketers at its disposal and willing to do everything it can to move forward; the time to do this is now. I would welcome a meeting with MPs and Ministers in order to get the best result we can for the Town and the economy."

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