Penrith And Eden Refugee Network

Penrith and Eden Refugee Network


Amanuel is from Eritrea. The date he arrived in the UK – 28 March 2022 – is seared in his memory. He had to leave his country of birth, he says, ‘because of the Government. I cannot say what I want to there, it is not safe. There is, in short, no freedom’.    After… Continue reading Amanuel

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Fatima arrived in Penrith in 2017. She and her husband and young son fled the Syrian civil war in 2011 and were refugees in Lebanon until 2017, when they arrived in the UK under the Syrian resettlement scheme.  Her second son was born in Lebanon and she became pregnant with her third child soon after… Continue reading Fatima

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Gamal was born in a city in northern Egypt. He excelled in his studies and achieved a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He was working as an engineer at a power station when he got caught up in the protests in his country in 2013.    He was arrested, and spent many months in prison,… Continue reading Gamal

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When war broke out in Ukraine in February 2022, Yuliia was forced to flee, crossing the border to Poland with her young son, Mykyta. There, she waited to be matched with an English host under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, and in July 2022 she and Mykyta made their way to rural Cumbria.    This… Continue reading Yuliia

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Supporting a New Blueprint

It was fantastic to spot a quote from Sarah, the director of PERN, in the Guardian today. PERN was one of the 300 civil society organisations

Penrith Welcomes Diversity Art Exhibition

During Refugee Week, from the 16th-23rd June 2024, come and visit our Penrith Welcomes Diversity Exhibition at Gallery 4a in Penrith.

Trip to Lowther Castle

We were pleased to start our Refugee Week celebrations earlier this year with our Penrith group, enjoying a lovely visit to Lowther Castle.

Notification of AGM 2024

We would like to invite you to attend Penrith and Eden Refugee Network’s Annual General Meeting and Social 2024. This will be on Friday 17th May at Friends Meeting House (Meeting House Lane, Penrith, CA11 7TR). Everyone is welcome.

Say No To Rwanda

We stand with refugees who seek safety from war and persecution. Friends who receive ‘Rwanda letters’ please get in touch. We will stand by you and work with other organisations to prevent anyone being forcibly expelled.

International Women’s Day

On Wednesday 6th March we had a fabulous celebration in anticipation of International Women’s Day with 13 nationalities represented in the room. Sarah Wilson, Director of PERN, said “this is Penrith”.

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