Hiraeth

Looking for a way to give back to the community during your time at Cambridge? Join this project to help young refugees dream big and achieve their goals!

Informaton icon Looking for a way to give back to the community during your time at Cambridge? Join this project to help young refugees dream big and achieve their goals!

Location icon Cambridge (in-person)

Clock icon 2021

Hiraeth, inspired by an ‘untranslatable’ Welsh word whose closest English equivalent would be homesickness or a deep longing for home, is a volunteer programme dedicated to supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children between the ages of 14-19 with socialisation, English language acquisition and improvement of mental wellbeing.

Combining fun activities (such as sports and field trips) with education- or career-oriented workshops organised in cooperation with a variety of community partners, volunteers will build connections with these young people and help them become more integrated into British life. Where COVID restrictions allow, sessions will take place in person, though this is subject to change as government guidelines evolve.

When will the sessions take place?

Currently, we plan to hold most sessions centrally (just next to Parker’s Piece) on Thursday evenings from 5-6pm.

Support

All volunteers will be DBS checked and provided with specialised training so that they will feel confident in supporting this unique group. It is an incredibly rewarding activity to be involved in!

History of Hiraeth

See what we've done previously with this project.

How can I apply?

Applications are now closed. We are recruiting 1-2 volunteers to help us conduct a needs assessment and design new activities. We are also hoping to resume our weekly face to face sessions with the young people as soon as possible. Please note that we will be following the most up to date health and safety guidelines. For further information, please get in touch with Lauren ([email protected]) or Susana ([email protected]).

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Accessibility

Cambridge Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. We can make reasonable adjustments to the application processes, sessions and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please write to [email protected] and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.

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