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Refugee Week spotlight on Tamil-speaking migrants

Tamil Community Centre/Tamil Oral History Project Refugee Week programme announced

In 1958 the Tamil oral history project’s (TOHP) first UK story began with an unlikely journey from Colombo to Notting Hill. In a twist of irony, riots in these two capital cities were the (dis)order of the day, bridging the experiences of minority ethnic communities across continents and oceans.

Almost fifty-five years later, Tamil-speaking people are still making the long journey from Sri Lanka to the UK. Between 18 and 24 June 2012, Refugee Week will celebrate the...Read more

Through the generations: project aims

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a host of volunteers, the project aims to:

Conserve and communicate the stories, memories and reminiscences of different generations of Tamils in London Provide a space for different generations of Tamils to exchange their memories and experiences in intergenerational reminiscence sessions Encourage and facilitate an understanding of, and participation in, the collection of heritage materials with 15 community volunteers

The project also aims to:

Raise public awareness of the history of Tamil migration to, and...Read more

Stephen Lawrence Memorial Service

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have a few places left on our guest list for the Memorial Service on the 24 th April.

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are delighted to extend an invitation on behalf of Doreen Lawrence and her family, to come together and remember Stephen at a Memorial Service on Tuesday 24th April 2012.

The service will mark both Stephen’s life and the partial justice achieved by the Lawrence family, after 18 years of campaigning. The service will be conducted by the Reverend David Cruise. If you would like to attend the Memorial Service, please email...Read more

Seminar series: Shaping the future: Race and racism in 21st century Britain

Shaping the future event
February - March 2012

In partnership with Tower Hamlets CVS, the Osmani Trust, Hackney CVS, the Selby Centre and Islington BAME CVS, this seminar series has now been successfully delivered.

Through the series, over 200 representatives from the voluntary, community, statutory and private sectors considered the broad questions: “Is there an elephant in the room? If we live in a post-racial society, why do certain ethnic groups continue to experience disadvantage? This seminar series was launched in November 2011 at the House of Lords to coincide with the retrial into the murder of...Read more

Tamil Community Centre women exchange stories of migration for International Women's Day

On 30 March, a Tamil Community Centre women's group hosted a story hour on women and migration to celebrate International Women's Day.

Women in the group came together to share their experiences of life in the UK and reflect on the circumstances for women in their country of origin. Filmed for the Through the generations: Tamil oral history project , the session will be made available in a series of film vignettes on Tamil migration to the UK.

The session has been made possible with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Oxfam and Race on the Agenda.

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ROTA's briefing on The Mayor’s Education Inquiry

In November 2011 the Mayor’s Education Inquiry was launched to examine key challenges for education in London and make recommendations for practical action with key partners including the boroughs, schools and policy-makers. Read the full briefing here .Read more