Penrith And Eden Refugee Network

Penrith and Eden Refugee Network

Escape To Safety

Escape to Safety A Simulated Experience of Asylum Seeking @ Carlisle College, CA1 1HS Monday 26th February – Friday 8th March 2024   A collaboration between Penrith & Eden Refugee Network (PERN), Carlisle Refugee Action Group(CRAG), Global Link (Lancs) & Carlisle College Open to the public on Thursday 29th February and Tuesday 5th March from 4pm to 7.30pm. Escape to… Continue reading Escape To Safety

Housing and Homelessness

As many of you will know from media reports, an increasing number of new refugees are facing homelessness and destitution. This is because of recent government policy changes, which mean that new refugees (people who have been granted the right to live in the UK) are now given just seven days’ notice to leave their… Continue reading Housing and Homelessness

Operations Coordinator

Can you use your skills to advance justice and kindness? Penrith and Eden Refugee Network (PERN) are seeking a dedicated Operations Coordinator to support the development of new services for asylum seekers and new refugees in Carlisle and the surrounding areas.    Our freelance Operations Coordinator will work flexibly for 9 hours a week, overseeing the day… Continue reading Operations Coordinator

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

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

NO to Rwanda

We’re getting together on Saturday 24, 12pm-2pm, at St Andrew’s Church in Penrith to say NO to the Government’s scheme to banish refugees to Rwanda. This is a real threat to many people – we are aware of 30 Cumbrian residents who have recently received ‘letters of intent’ placing them under consideration for deportation to… Continue reading NO to Rwanda

Fill the Skies with Hope

The national campaign group Together With Refugees is planning a day of action on Friday 23 September. The aim is to urge the new Prime Minister to change course on the government’s policy to banish refugees to Rwanda.   PERN will be joining groups across the country to Fill the Skies with Hope, making and sending… Continue reading Fill the Skies with Hope

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