Collaboration with the Hong Kong Society for Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Chatteris' own Liv Roberson talks us through an important community collaboration.
Working with Chatteris is much more than just teaching in your placement school or campus. There are a number of different Community Programmes that you can get involved with to widen your outreach and contribute to creating a more equal society in Hong Kong. One of the community activities that I have always found immensely rewarding are the storytelling sessions with refugees and asylum seekers.
On the last Saturday of every month, Chatteris volunteers travel to Yuen Long in the western New Territories of Hong Kong to run interactive storytelling sessions with children and mothers of the Hong Kong Society for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (HKSASR). HKSASR aims to promote the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and seeks to improve their conditions as much as possible. They provide support to asylum seekers and refugees from a variety of countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Somalia. Chatteris have collaborated with this society to deliver interactive storytelling sessions since 2016 and sessions include big book reading, craft making, games and lots of singing!
Some of our CNETs delivering an interactive storytelling session.
Life as a refugee or an asylum seeker in Hong Kong is (as expected) very difficult. They face many barriers to accessing basic needs such as adequate housing, education and employment. Through a collaboration with HKSASR, Chatteris volunteers hope to help improve the lives of this vulnerable group of people in any way they can and to continue the Chatteris mission of ensuring English is accessible to all.
P.S The views in Yuen Long are pretty nice too.