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Mon 27th June - 08 July 

Ambuya Benches

Drawing on her background growing up in Zimbabwe, Trish Murray introduces the idea of Ambuya Benches, (or Grandma Benches) to the University of Cambridge during the Festival of Wellbeing as a way to encourage conversation and support for each other as we continue to work and live through difficult times. 

Many of us can identify that one ‘Ambuya’ in our lives.  That one person you go to when you feel your day is getting on top of you.  So the idea is to encourage you to seek out a bench on one of our sites and get somebody to take a picture of you both enjoying time together.  Taking some time away from your workplace to go and enjoy the outdoors in Cambridge sitting on one of the many benches that are dotted around this beautiful city.  Or perhaps just having lunch with a friend, have your 1:1 meeting or just take the time out for a coffee and a chat in a beautiful spot.  See how many times you can manage to do this over the summer! 

We would love to see photos of you and your Ambuya/pal sitting on your favourite bench.  Use the hashtag #ambuyabenches and the @EqualityCam twitter handle if you would like to share a pic!

To find out more about Trish and the Ambuya Benches programme please visit the SharePoint page for more information

Mon 27th June - Fri 08 July

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Cambridge Sport - Free 5 Day Pass

Have five days free Cambridge Sport membership on us!

Movement and exercise is so important for good wellbeing. During the festival of wellbeing, sign up for 5 days free Cambridge sport membership and try the Gym, play Badminton, Squash, do a Fitness Class or jog around the track.

Getting started is easy, visit our website ( and using the button in the top right corner, sign up for free as a Pay as You Train Member. Once you've done that, pop to Reception on your first visit and we will set up your five day membership. You will need to being your University ID Card.

Available only during the Festival of Wellbeing.

Mon 27th 

12:15 - 13:00 

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Racketball Taster Session

Racketball is the UK’s fastest growing sport! It is played on any regular squash court and is similar to squash. The fact that the ball is bigger, more bouncy, and does not need warming up means that the rallies last longer. The shorter racket also helps with hand eye coordination making the ball easier to strike. If you fancy giving racketball a try, then come and join us for this taster session.

Changing facilities are available on site and the Sports Service can provide a racket and ball if you need one. Please wear indoor trainers.

Tue 28th 

12:15 - 13:00 

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Fives Taster Session

Eton Fives is a hand-ball game, played in a three-sided court. It is only played as "doubles" (i.e. by two teams of two players).

Players wear padded leather gloves, since the ball (which is slightly large than a golf-ball and made of rubber and cork) is quite hard. Eton Fives can also be referred to as a game of hazards! Rugby Fives, first played at Rugby School, is essentially squash with your hands, but far quicker. Different from Eton Fives, it sees all obstacles removed, a back wall added and a lower line to hit the ball above. The ball is almost like a mini baseball and therefore thick padded gloves are essential for this game.

This session, run by the Sports Service Community Sports Coach will give you the opportunity to try your hand at the two versions of the sport. Changing facilities are available on site and participants are asked to wear trainers. The Sports Service will provide gloves.

Mon 4th July - Fri 8th 

12:00 - 14:00 

Drop In - booking not required

Active Lunchbreak

Come and join us at the University Sports Centre for a free lunchtime game of table tennis, badminton, pickleball and/or boccia?

You can pop over on your own, or bring some colleagues with you, anytime between 12 noon and 2pm (Mon-Fri).

All you need is a pair of trainers as playing equipment will be provided. Bike parking and changing facilities are available on site.