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by Vincent “Boo” Nurse
Barbadians who’ve lived in the UK in nice numbers for the reason that early 1960’s have, till current years, been and not using a platform from the place they may simply work together and share a typical bond of nationalism.
This void had gone unfilled till a daughter of the soil, Catherine Rock, determined that she ought to tackle and treatment the state of affairs.
Catherine was born in 1973 in Liverpool, the daughter of Kenneth Rock and Marcia Batson of Alkins Land, Eagle Corridor, St Michael.
She lived in Barbados throughout her youth and returned to the UK in 1993 after attending The Alexandra Faculty in St Peter.
Ever a scholar of formidable intent Catherine pursued her tertiary research at Metropolitan College in London and gained an Higher Second Class honours diploma in Enterprise Advertising and marketing.
After early employment in tele-sales Catherine moved to the housing division on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Catherine has lately developed a really excessive profile throughout the Barbados diaspora within the UK, so I spoke to her about her meteoric success in constructing channels by means of which Barbadians may specific and share their views on topics that had been trending on the island.
Catherine’s organisation is titled ‘Bajans in London’ and was based in 2007. So, what’s it that took her into unknown territory?
Let Catherine pen her story: “At the moment I didn’t know any Bajans in our neighborhood and I yearned to take action.
I used to be lacking folks from my diaspora, so I opened a web page on social media, and I invited fellow Bajans to affix me.”
And the response, I requested. She mentioned: “It was electrical. Quickly pals really useful different pals and at the moment the members rely is 5,000.”
I used to be amazed to seek out that beneath the floor within the UK there may be an organisation that has attracted such a big quantity, and I questioned whether or not or not it’s merely a speaking store.
Catherine answered emphatically: “Along with facilitating regular chat amongst members ‘Bajans in London’ offers a hub for promoting of Bajan merchandise, promotion of job alternatives, a facility to buy genuine Bajan objects and, most significantly, it offers a free platform to advertise Bajan-owned companies.
All these items will be accessed by means of our web site at www.bajansinlondon.co.uk. All in all, we act as an promoting company for all issues Bajan.”
I prompt that there gave the impression to be nice benefit within the beliefs and aspirations of the group, however I needed to know the way did the organisation evaluate to the worldwide physique LinkedIn.
She mentioned: “’Bajans in London’ is totally totally different and bears no relation to LinkedIn.
We supply a private and intimate stamp to our organisation.” And I pressed: How is the operation managed, what checks and balances are there with regard to what’s placed on the web page? Catherine mentioned: “There are different directors and we every day monitor the enter from our members.
We’ve got strict guidelines concerning content material, and we is not going to permit feedback that border on the libellous and salacious.”
The work of this budding entrepreneur is exceptional, and a database of Barbadians within the UK is held. Catherine mentioned that she is aware of the authorized constraints within the information safety regulation however the info could possibly be accessible to the suitable authorities.
And the way does Catherine see the longer term because it pertains to ‘Bajans in London’? She mentioned: “As an extension to ‘Bajans in London’ I’m a founder member of the organisation ‘Barbados Heritage UK’ and because the identify implies we search to carry the historical past of our heritage earlier than our folks of all generations.”
Shifting swiftly on to the febrile state of affairs that at the moment exists in Barbados right this moment because of
COVID-19 I prompt that, given the good variety of contributors to her medium she can be in a great place to present an knowledgeable view concerning opinions of Barbadians within the UK.
Catherine mentioned: “Most subscribers really feel that within the present circumstances the meals and welfare programmes are glorious concepts and additional efforts to assist and maintain the much less lucky of our folks have to be inspired past any boundaries.
I’ve discovered that opinions on whether or not or not the vaccine must be taken are evenly cut up and plenty of are displaying a coverage of ‘allow us to wait and see’”.
Rock’s efforts in bringing frequent and but separate Bajan voices collectively must be extremely counseled and I want her additional success.
Vincent “Boo” Nurse is a Barbadian residing in London who’s a retired land Income Supervisor, Pensions and Funding Adviser. He’s passionate concerning the growth of his island residence and disapora.