Penrith And Eden Refugee Network

Penrith and Eden Refugee Network

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!

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

Winterization Campaign

As we usually do at this time of the year, we’re encouraging our members to donate to Mobile Refugee Support (MRS). They do incredible work, as one of the only organisations in Dunkirk regularly distributing essential items to ensure that people are not forced to sleep rough in the woods or under bridges. They also… Continue reading Winterization Campaign

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

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

Rwanda UK Asylum Seeker Proposal

PERN has written to local MP Neil Hudson to ask him for a position statement about the Government’s plan to send people seeking asylum in the UK to Rwanda. We’ve expressed our outrage and shock at the despicable, unworkable proposal.  We invite you to email Dr Hudson too, at   If you prefer, you can use… Continue reading Rwanda UK Asylum Seeker Proposal