Penrith And Eden Refugee Network

Penrith and Eden Refugee Network

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”.

Escape To Safety

Escape to Safety’ is an interactive, multi-media walk-through exhibition (designed by Global Link in Lancaster) where you put yourself in asylum-seekers’ shoes and listen to and experience refugees’ stories as you navigate through the exhibit and complete activities associated with it.

Art Exhibition @ Gallery 4a

We are thrilled that EVAN Gallery 4a in Penrith is hosting our exhibition of artwork made by local refugees, asylum seekers and minoritized artists in October. The exhibition will run for ten days, beginning on Saturday 14th October and promises to be a wonderful showcase celebrating diversity. The artists come from different heritages, ethnicities and… Continue reading Art Exhibition @ Gallery 4a

OISC2 Regulated!

PERN is proud to announce that we are now an OISC2 regulated body for asylum and protection. It’s a big step on a long journey to ensure that all people seeking asylum living in Cumbria get the legal support they need and are entitled to in order to make their best asylum case possible. Congratulations… Continue reading OISC2 Regulated!

Art and Well-being

In 2023 PERN was awarded some funding from the Eden Arts and Culture Development Fund to deliver an exciting programme of art activities alongside BlueJam Arts. This is a Penrith Welcomes Diversity project. Our first two sessions explored capturing landscapes using watercolours. The group was led by Alex Jakob-Whitworth, and was hosted at BlueJam Arts Space… Continue reading Art and Well-being

Refugee Week Launch

We held our local launch of Refugee Week on Saturday 17 June in Penrith town centre to show the community’s welcome for refugees and asylum seekers. Many thanks to all the PERN members and supporters who came along, and special thanks to the refugees and asylum seekers who attended and spoke at the event.    … Continue reading Refugee Week Launch

PERN makes commitment to Anti-Racism

Our March learning event highlighted the importance we place on anti-racism in our work. We were very pleased that tickets sold out for the evening event in Penrith, which was facilitated by Anti Racist Cumbria, with delicious Syrian food. PERN is committed to an anti-racist learning journey and we will be thinking about how this… Continue reading PERN makes commitment to Anti-Racism

Vigil for Turkiye and Syria – Sunday 26 February at 5pm

Sunday 26th February 5pm St Andrew’s Church Yard, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7YE A time for silence, grief and solidarity. All welcome. For questions and offerings of music, song, poetry or art please contact

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