Windrush Story Michael Hayles

Windrush Stories: Michael Hayles

The Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like to thank Mr Michael Hayles for sharing his Windrush story with us. Everyone at the carnival would like to wish Michel and his family good health and the very best for the future. We hope to see Michael at carnival 2018!


My parents Windrush generation story …

by Michael Hayles


My parents were part of the Windrush Generation, both arriving separately from Jamaica in 50’s, my mother from St Catherine’s and my father from Clarendon. Both came to the UK as young adults for a better life.

My parent first settled, then met in Birmingham; soon after my sister Jackie and I were born. Mum was a nurse for 50 years and my dad was an engineer. I went to North Staffs Polytechnic studying business, while my sister Lancashire Polytechnic and studied Marketing.

In my first year, my Dad was taken from us quite suddenly at 50 years old by cancer. My Mum was devastated and wanted a fresh start so she moved house in Birmingham. Then, Mum felt the urge to return back home to Jamaica, so she sold up and moved back, buying a new house in St Catherine’s. During the early years of her being back in JA, she seemed to spend more time in the UK than in Jamaica, so we were not surprised to hear that she wanted to sell up and come back to the UK claiming to be missing her kids, friends, family, culture, and surprisingly the weather. She is now back in the UK, in her mid-80s and in great shape. Initially she rented, but is very happy now having bought again and in her own home.

I am very proud of my parents, especially my Mum, knowing how hard it must have been for them to have made a life in a completely new country, with all of the challenges that must of created.

At 53 its feels strange to have outlived my Dad, however he still played a massive part in my life, showing me the virtues and giving us all belief. I consider myself lucky to still have my Mum , siblings, own family of three daughters and wife of 24 years. Next year will be my silver wedding anniversary.



Empire Windrush

Windrush: 1 Minutes Silence

Dear all,

There will be one minutes silence for the Windrush victims at the Windrush Millennium Centre this Friday, 22nd June 2018 at 11am. The venue address is below. Please feel free to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Mickey Bisson.



Windrush Millennium Centre
70 Alexandra Road,
M16 7WD.



Lucy Powell MP Windrush Meeting

Emergency Meeting on Windrush with Lucy Powell MP

You may have seen reports of the scandal of the Windrush Generation.

The Windrush Generation refers to people who came to the UK from the Commonwealth any time before the 1973 and who have been British citizens for decades have found themselves without documentation and without the ability to work or claim benefits. Anyone you came to the UK before 1988 can be caught up in this. This is a scandal and one that needs to be rectified.

I have arranged a meeting for anyone who is affected, or anyone who knows someone who is affected to come and talk about their situation. The meeting will take place at The Windrush Millennium Centre on Wednesday 2nd May at 5pm.

As MP for Manchester Central, I have been dealing with similar cases and trying to help people who have been caught in this situation and have written to and met with Government Ministers as well as spoken in Parliament on the issue.

If you know anyone who has been affected or anyone who came to the UK before 1988 and who is worried about their status, please share this invitation with them.

If you can’t make the meeting but need advice then please contact me at 0161 232 0872 or by writing to Lucy Powell MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA.


Winrush Meeting Venue

5pm Moss Side and Hulme Community Development Trust,
Windrush Millennium Centre,
70 Alexandra Road,
M16 7WD.


Contact Lucy Powell MP

Tel: 0161 232 0872