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WCV – From Pillage to Village – A journey of self doubt and self discovery

Delighted to become Vice Chair of Small Charities Coalition.

I need to say, at this quite surreal and momentous occasion (for me) never let self doubt stop you from aspiring to reach higher than you think* you deserve.

8 years ago with no qualifications and no experience, I was pushed into a world that didn’t look like me and didn’t make it easy for me to be there, to fight for the rights of Croydon Riot victims.

They were crushed and overwhelmed, for the 9 shop owners, losing their livelihoods, for 40 odd tenants and leaseholders, losing everything they owned in that fire.

It took almost 4 years to finally get a resolution, those years full of grief, setbacks, adversity, frustration at the process, but in the end a steep learning curve that showed me, that if you set your mind to anything, it can be done.

The West Croydon Voice campaign did achieve the compensation from MOPAC and today 6 of the 9 buildings destroyed in the picture below have been rebuilt.

I also, as WCV, campaigned successfully for the area to be renamed BroadGreen Village, as it had been known before to locals, to try to bring the community together.

Today I’m taking time to reflect on my journey, from the moment I watched the rioters set fire to my building (crystal clean) to this moment.

It’s an honour to become Vice Chair of Small Charities Coalition.


On December 5th 2013, we organised a screening of Riot From Wrong, an award winning documentary produced by young film makers UK Fully Focused. It was a successful screening, followed by a wide ranging discussion. We were honoured to have Carole Duggan on the panel, whose nephew Mark’s death sparked the riots of 2011. The inquest into his death is due to report back 7th january. Also in attendance were the directors of the film and the members of West Croydon Voice.

A message from Ed Miliband was read out by Shadow Home Secretary Steve Reed MP for Croydon North.



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This was the second screening of this film in Croydon and we are hoping to carry on screening it to raise awareness of young people’s issues, especially those around EMA and youth unemployment.

We thank FairField halls for donating the venue, especially Simon Thompsett, Ninon Jerome and her team. We also thank Tony Newman and the local Labour Party for showing their support in attendance.


Read more about the event, by clicking the links below.

“Labour leader Ed Miliband sends message of support to riot victims at Riot from Wrong screening” 

Riot From Wrong screening at Fairfield Halls attended by no Conservatives” 

“Film screening shows riot scars yet to heal” 

“Learn “Riot from Wrong” with a documentary in Croydon”