I’m the Secretary of PERN, having joined the network in 2019 as an English language host at Penrith Library. I now co-run our online English language groups. My background is in journalism, press freedom and human rights. I’ve witnessed the plight of people forced to leave their homes because of wars and persecution, and want to help make UK a welcome place for them. I lived abroad for many years, and remember the hands of friendship extended to me as I became part of another country’s way of life.