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Penrith and Eden Refugee Network

NO to Rwanda

We’re getting together on Saturday 24, 12pm-2pm, at St Andrew’s Church in Penrith to say NO to the Government’s scheme to banish refugees to Rwanda. This is a real threat to many people – we are aware of 30 Cumbrian residents who have recently received ‘letters of intent’ placing them under consideration for deportation to… Continue reading NO to Rwanda

Fill the Skies with Hope

The national campaign group Together With Refugees is planning a day of action on Friday 23 September. The aim is to urge the new Prime Minister to change course on the government’s policy to banish refugees to Rwanda.   PERN will be joining groups across the country to Fill the Skies with Hope, making and sending… Continue reading Fill the Skies with Hope

Celebratory Book Launch

When refugees fled Bosnia in the early 1990s, some of them escaped on a bus, organised by a group of Cumbrians. The Penrith Quaker Meeting House became a central hub for refugees, where schools, homes, and English lessons were organised. One of the refugees, Edita Mujkic, is now returning to the Meeting House to launch… Continue reading Celebratory Book Launch

Hostile – Documentary Film Screening

Please join us at the Alhambra cinema in Penrith on Sunday 25 September at 5.45pm to watch the powerful new documentary film, Hostile, followed by a discussion and social in the Fell Bar.     Told through the eyes of four participants from Black and Asian backgrounds, the film focuses on the impact of evolving immigration policies that… Continue reading Hostile – Documentary Film Screening

Alston Evening – Support Care for Calais

Care for Calais are a brilliant volunteer-run refugee charity working with refugees in the UK, France and Belgium. There will be a social and fundraising evening on 26 August at Alston Town Hall, with speakers who have recently returned from Calais who can tell you more about their work.   All welcome – please come… Continue reading Alston Evening – Support Care for Calais

Volunteer opportunities

Joyful, nerdy geeks wanted to support asylum seekers in navigating Home Office procedures  Every asylum seeker must make a formal application to the Home Office for refugee status. Volunteers can give a helping hand to guide people through the process and help asylum seekers use the multi-language toolkit www.righttoremain.org.uk  We don’t give legal advice, but understanding… Continue reading Volunteer opportunities

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Learning English

One of PERN’s activities is English language support, and here are three ways in which learning takes place.   St John’s CarlisleSince April this year people seeking asylum have been placed by the Home Office in a hotel in Carlisle. People who arrive in the UK from Ukraine, or from Syria or Afghanistan on the resettlement programme, are… Continue reading Learning English

Migration Project

The Cumbria Development Education Centre (CDEC) is looking for people to take part in a heritage project researching and documenting immigration and emigration stories to and from the Northwest of England since Roman times.   Global Link in Lancaster is leading the project with development education partners in Liverpool, Manchester, Cumbria and Cheshire. It will result in a digital… Continue reading Migration Project

Stop the Rwanda Flights

We are reposting here an important message from the national Together With Refugees website. It explains what is happening with the policy now, and what actions we can take to stop the flights.A few weeks ago, people power and some smart legal work stopped a plane that was to take refugees to Rwanda. But the fight is not over.The… Continue reading Stop the Rwanda Flights

Community Outreach Officer

We are delighted to welcome Claudi Hayward to a new role at PERN – Community Outreach Officer. One of Claudi’s tasks will be to explore setting up a Women’s Group, and she will also research relevant learning/ training needs of people for whom English is an additional language, and find and connect with possible providers. Another important… Continue reading Community Outreach Officer

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