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Happy Yalda

Yalda Night (Shabe Yalda in Persian), also known as Shab-e Chelle, is an ancient festival celebrated on the longest and darkest night of the year, this year it is the 21st December. During Yalda Night, Iranian families gather to share meals of fruits such as pomegranates, recite poetry, and stay up late, often lighting candles

Future of the Asylum hotels

Yesterday our Asylum and Refugee Coordinator, Laura Cooper, was interviewed by ITV Border, with two of our men's diaspora group about the future of the hotels in Carlisle. Both hotels are due to close early in the new year, with all those currently staying there being moved to alternative accommodation, anywhere in the North West,

First Aid training

First Aid Training from Carlisle Fire Station West Green Watch Some of our men's diaspora groups undertook basic first aid training last week. We attended Carlisle Fires Station East and were trained by Green Watch of Fire Station West. The men learnt CPR, the recovery position, how to manage a heart attack, choking and

Sewing and craft group

New sewing and craft group for diaspora. Come and join us, either as a volunteer or to join the new diaspora craft and sewing group. Each Wednesday in room 15 of Homeacres on the Brampton Road campus of the University of Cumbria, from 4.30-6.30pm.  Come and try new crafts, sewing and fellowship within

Night of dancing with Nihiloxica

Bugandan drumming with Nihiloxica We enjoyed a wonderful night of dancing and laughter at The Brickyard yesterday, seeing the amazing Nihiloxica from Uganda. A large group of diaspora enjoyed a joyous night of dancing thanks to funding from M-Unit.  Nihiloxica is a live project that harnesses the full force of the ancient Bugandan

Mental health support for diaspora

World Mental Health Day 2023 The World Health Organisation states “Mental health is a basic human right for all people. Everyone, whoever and wherever they are, has a right to the highest attainable standard of mental health. This includes the right to be protected from mental health risks, the right to available, accessible,

Waverley Hotel to Close

Waverly Hotel to Close The Waverley Hotel in Whitehaven  to close. This hotel houses people seeking asylum and is one of 50 such hotels to be closed in the UK, Minister Robert Jenrick said in a statement on 24th October 2023 in the House of Commons. Cumbria Crack shares more

International Day of Peace 2023

International Day of Peace Each year the International Day of Peace is observed on 21st September, it began in 1981 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, "Peace is needed today more than ever. War and conflict are unleashing devastation, poverty, and hunger, and driving tens

Diaspora are Growing Well

Men and women from our diaspora groups have been attending Growing Well in Tebay since January. They attend each week and have built polly tunnels and raised beds, and are now growing and harvesting fruit and vegetables for use within the Tebay Services. It offers a wonderful opportunity for physical activity and a sense of

Hilltop United FC

Hilltop United FC Hilltop United FC played their first games on Sunday at Hammonds Pond against Border City Greens on Sunday as part of the 'Support through Sport' event organised with Carlisle United EDI, Cumberland Council, Carlisle United Community Sports Trust and Carlisle Refugee Action Group. The teams, made of of men seeking

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