Cambridge University Student Action for Refugees
If you are interested in taking part in any of the following, please e-mail us at custar-committeesrcf.ucam.org!
STAR volunteers pair up with a local
refugee whom they meet on a regular basis, in order to give them
support with adjusting to life in Cambridge. This is a valuable way to
help refugees practise their English and become more integrated, whilst
enabling you to get to know someone on a more personal level. It can
involve anything from chatting, reading the newspaper together, going
to the museum to helping them with college work, depending on what
takes your fancy.
STAR volunteers have recently begun
visiting refugees at Oakington Detention Centre. The detention centre
is situated approximately half an hour outside Cambridge (accessible by
bus) and houses roughly 350 detainees. Visiting is co-ordinated through
Oakington Friends Groups
who provide two compulsory training sessions for volunteers. Visitors
are assigned a refugee whom they visit on a regular basis, preferably
once a week. It is possible to visit in pairs if preferred. As
detainees are isolated from the outside world, volunteers provide much
solace in times of loneliness and distress and it is generally found
that this is an extremely worthwhile thing to do.
Cambridge STAR has recently set up a weekly English conversation class for local refugees. It is an informal get together of volunteers and refugees. The group takes place on Saturdays during Termtime at 3pm in the Cafe Project (22 Jesus Lane). Feel free to come along whenever you like!
Page last updated 8 July 2008.
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