Here’s a personal account from Geena, one of our Design Cohort participants on her experience of living away from home.
A home from home
"From the deep valleys of South Wales to the bustle of the city, I have created a home from home here in Hereford.
I have always been one to adventure away from my comfort zone and I was excited at the prospect of living in shared accommodation with other young adults. I formed friendships pretty quickly with other members of the Design Cohort as we live, work and socialise together! It can be intense at times but it means that we have close bonds and I find it easy to get along with everyone. The relationships I’ve made in the DC, NMITE and the community have definitely helped with adapting to life without family contacts nearby.
A particular catalyst for our closeness is the layout of our accommodation; it is fully furnished and spacious which provides great spaces for communal areas. We often cook together and share meals because we start and finish work around the same time which is different to university students who generally have differing lectures times and days. Hopefully, this communal spirit will carry on for NMITE students as they will be following the same working schedule as we are.
Local Herefordians say that there is not much to do in Hereford. I can understand this point, yet, I’ve discovered that if you look in the right places, you’ll find plenty to do. After I’d frequented the tourist hotspots like the Cathedral’s Mappa Mundi, the Cider Museum, the Black and White House and of course not forgetting a photo with the Hereford Bull statue – I started looking for evening activities to join.
Within 2 weeks I had joined a street jazz dance class, I found a Girlguiding Unit so that I could continue leading Guides as I had done in Wales, I had volunteered and ran at the Hereford Racecourse parkrun and befriended the local pub pool players. Since then we’ve discovered more on our doorstep; a roller skating centre called The Core and musical gigs and concerts at the Courtyard.
Although it was a sudden and big move for me, the welcoming atmosphere of Hereford provides comfort to newcomers. I always wondered if I would get to know a place as well as I know my own home town and I’m beginning to think it’s possible."