How we treat refugees is about who we are.
We believe that people in Penrith and Eden want kindness and compassion in their own lives, in our communities, and for others.
Penrith and Eden Refugee Network was formed in 2017 and now has over 300 members and many more supporters. We are united in celebrating diversity, welcoming and supporting refugees, and learning about the complex reasons why people have to leave their home countries to make a new life in the UK.
We are members of City of Sanctuary (https://cityofsanctuary.org/) and collaborate with many other organisations locally and further afield. We recognise that working with other organisations makes us all stronger, and we welcome our links with charities, churches, colleges and many other groups that share our aims. We support the national campaign Together with Refugees (https://togetherwithrefugees.org.uk/).
We have been happy to welcome refugees into Penrith and Eden and across Cumbria. Our community is enriched by the economic and cultural contributions of our increasingly diverse population – and this very much includes refugees.