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Penrith and Eden Refugee Network

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

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

Seeking an Asylum and Refugee Coordinator

PERN wishes to give a warm welcome to new local residents living in a hotel in Carlisle whilst they wait for their asylum applications to be processed.     The new residents are provided with a room or shared room and three meals a day – but they are not allowed to work, attend formal adult… Continue reading Seeking an Asylum and Refugee Coordinator

Escape to Safety

The powerful interactive exhibition, Escape to Safety, is coming to Ullswater Community College from 25 April to 6 May. Created by Global Link in Lancaster, it’s designed to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers – you can put yourself in their shoes and listen to real refugee stories as you move through the exhibition. It is closely linked to the Secondary PSHE curriculum, and will be available… Continue reading Escape to Safety

Local Event – Penrith’s Syrian Kitchen

In the small kitchen of her home in Cumbria, Walaa Asfar recreates the culinary delights of her Syrian girlhood. Vine leaves stuffed with fragrant rice, spicy lentil soup, minty tabbouleh scattered with pomegranate seeds, baked chicken with almonds, gooey baklava… Cooking has always been a source of delight for Walaa. It became a lifeline when… Continue reading Local Event – Penrith’s Syrian Kitchen

Local Event – Tents and Sleeping bags needed!

Carlisle Refugee Action Group (CRAG) are looking for tents, sleeping bags and men’s clothing (small and medium only) to send to Calais. We often think that clothes are the most important things to donate, however, in Calais this winter there will be a desperate need for somewhere to keep warm – a TENT and a… Continue reading Local Event – Tents and Sleeping bags needed!