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In celebration of Black History Month, Young Mum’s Support Network and L&Q hosted a special intergenerational roundtable discussion, where a few special senior Windrush ladies were invited to join in a discussion with young mums.

The purpose of this discussion was focused on the changes of motherhood back when the windrush generation first came to the country and motherhood in today’s society; surrounding how they acquired housing & what it was like raising children.

It was a successful discussion as it highlighted the importance of community value and how seniors worked together to combat all the struggles and difficulties they faced to pull together and build a foundation for today’s generation. One of the seniors described how she and another member of the board were able to acquire government funding to build a community centre and park on Milkwood Road in Herne Hill. They were also able to fix the train station tracks as it was unsafe for pedestrians. Senior member also described how finding appropriate child care was difficult resulting in having to become a housewife whilst husbands worked to maintain the household.

Another member on the table touched on how the community centre

had a positive impact on her life as a mother,

as she felt it was a safe haven for herself and her children, enabling her to be able to work. She described how the community felt like family and how she is saddened that due to COVID 19 we have seen the closure of many community centres.

Members also touched on how the youngers of this generation need to be supported more, discussion were had on ways the older generation could implement these changes such as playing a more active role, offering more face to face events where residents can be supported in housing issues, entitlements they are able to access, support in finding jobs and providing advice and knowledge wherever is necessary.

The discussion with the senior members really showed the importance

of community and how everyone had to come together to work as one,

if there were any changes to be made who better than the resident to see through. Residents had a vision for a better community that we are now living through. However, it also highlights the ongoing changes that need to be made to ensure we continue to support, encourage and pass on knowledge to the younger generation for a better future.

What was so inspiring to see is how passion everyone at the table were about motherhood, the younger generation, the importance of community and how determined they are in making sure change comes about.

Another member on the table touched on how the community centre had a positive impact on her life as a mother as she felt it was a safe haven for herself and her children, enabling her to be able to work. She described how the community felt like family and how she is saddened that due to COVID 19 we have seen the closure of many community centres.