Penrith And Eden Refugee Network

Penrith and Eden Refugee Network

Rent a Room – Finding Homes for New Refugees

PERN volunteers sometimes have the privilege of sharing very special moments when people seeking asylum are granted refugee status. The joy and relief for someone to know they have a safe country to live in and can begin to make a new life is beyond measure. However, alongside this, for a new refugee, comes the… Continue reading Rent a Room – Finding Homes for New Refugees

Wanted: Volunteers to help teach English

We’re looking for a couple more people to teach English to asylum seekers in Carlisle. If you have some teaching experience this could be a great volunteering opportunity for you or do nudge any friends and family and pass on the advert. We run several classes a week and give training and support. Please contact for more… Continue reading Wanted: Volunteers to help teach English

Refugee Week Event @ PERN

We invite you to Penrith Town Centre on Saturday 17th June 2023 between 10.30am-3.30pm. You can drop by any time, but please remember speeches and photo call are at 12pm. Bring your own banner or hold a PERN banner. Suggested words “Refugees Welcome”, “No human is illegal”, “Compassion into Action”, and “Hospitality not Hostility”.

PERN is now a Charity 

We are very pleased that the Charity Commission have accepted our application and as of 9 March 2023 PERN is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This status gives us  added credibility through confirmation that our aims are charitable; greater access to grant funding and support in ensuring that our governance arrangements are sound.     The demands on… Continue reading PERN is now a Charity 

Anti-Racist Learning and Syrian Dinner – 7pm Friday 10 March, Penrith

PERN members are warmly invited to a stimulating evening of facilitated discussion on the racism that prevails in British society and institutions and people’s experiences of it, accompanied by a delicious vegetarian Syrian meal. We will explore how we can work to recognise the racism inherent in our own lives and backgrounds and learn how… Continue reading Anti-Racist Learning and Syrian Dinner – 7pm Friday 10 March, Penrith

How Not to Drown – a Powerful Theatre Production

One of the UK’s most prominent physical theatre companies, ThickSkin is bringing its timely production How Not To Drown to the Theatre By The Lake in Keswick from 28 February-2 March 2023. Written by Nicola McCartney and Dritan Kastrati, this is a highly visual production telling the painful yet uplifting true story of an eleven-year-old unaccompanied asylum-seeker. In… Continue reading How Not to Drown – a Powerful Theatre Production

Business Administrator for PERN

Can you use your skills to advance justice and kindness? Penrith and Eden Refugee Network (PERN) are seeking an experienced Business Administrator for a few hours a week. £20 per hour freelance. Includes Finance monitoring of budgets and grants Activity and impact reporting Volunteer management Responding to enquiries Expressions of Interest to including a… Continue reading Business Administrator for PERN

PERN against the Rwanda Plan

It was great to see so many people at our autumn ‘Fill the Skies with Hope’ event in Penrith against the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. We later hand-delivered the paper planes to Neil Hudson MP, with your messages of support for refugees and opposition to the Rwanda plan. If Neil Hudson… Continue reading PERN against the Rwanda Plan

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

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  We don’t give legal advice, but understanding… Continue reading Volunteer opportunities

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