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Welcome to York Racial Equality Network

York Racial Equality Network (YREN) is a voluntary organisation and registered charity based in York. It aims to promote awareness of the needs of black and minority ethnic (BME) and other people in the York area by developing links with appropriate voluntary and statutory agencies and by encouraging a multi-agency approach to race justice issues.

What we do

YREN provides an independent, impartial, information, support and advocacy service for people who are experiencing racial harrassment, victimisation, discrimination or social isolation.

One of YREN’s main roles is to promote and encourage community cohesion and engagement:

  • so there is a common vision and a sense of belonging for all;
  • where the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and positively valued;
  • in order that those from different backgrounds have similar life opportunities, and
  • to develop strong and positive relationships between people from different backgrounds and circumstances in the workplace, in schools and in neighbourhoods.

YREN also provides information and resources for individuals, organisations and the community as a whole on race equality issues; and runs various projects.

YREN Projects

YREN is currently involved in the following projects:

The Friendship (Amity) Network

We are delighted to announce that, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, we are launching a new monthly Friendship Network.

The network will provide regular monthly community activities aimed at peoplr from all communities and ages, with the aim of reducing social isolation and providing aconstructive, safe and supportive environment in which people can develop new friendships and build links to the wider York community.  Although open to all, the project particularly aims to benefit older BME people and those new to the City of York, including refugees, for whom social exclusion and loneliness are know to be a particular problem.

Project activities will be base don participants' needs and interests, with a strong focus on sharing and valuing the skills and expereinces that different individuals bring to the group.

The first meeting will take place on wednesday 27th April 2016 at Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York YO31 0UG from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

York Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Individuals and Groups Open Forum

The Open Forum aims to:

  • Give BME groups and individuals the opportunity to express and discuss any issues affecting their lives;
  • Inform service providers - statutory, voluntary, community or private - of the needs and issues identified at the Open Forum; and
  • Provide opportunities for consultation between statutory and voluntary organisations and the BME population.

Equalities Forum

Still in the early stages of development, this is a local forum for professionals in the field of equality, coordinated by YREN, for an open discussion of experiences and the sharing of common approaches and actions. There will be the opportunity to feed into strategic work within the City of York.

 York Intergenerational Community Engagement Project

Funded by the Big Lottery,
the York Intergenerational Community  Engagement Project provided members of culturally diverse communities of all ages with the opportunity to come together on a monthly basis in a constructive, supportive and safe environment, sharing aspects of their own cultures and taking part in cultural activities organised by others, as well as being able to tell 'their story' if they wished.  This project came to an end in July 2014, however it is hoped that YREN will be able to provide other similar projects in the future.

YREN Outreach

YREN is now offering a free outreach service at Tang Hall Community Centre on the last Wednesday of each month from 12.30pm to 2.00pm.

Forthcoming dates are 25th May; 29th June; 31st August; 28th September and 26th October.

Individuals from diverse minority communities in York are invited to meet representatives from YREN in a productive, informal setting.  YREN will raise awareness of, and enable people to access, services available in the City of York, including housing, education, health and recreational opportunities.  It will provide an information service and case work support to individuals in need, and advice and information on racial equality issues.

For further information please contact YREN by email: info@yren.co.uk or by telephone: 01904 642600.

YREN Events

Refugee Week 2016

Monday 20th - Sunday 26th June

A wide variety of activities and events will be taking place in York to mark Refugee Week 2016, and York Racial Equality Network will be giving a short talk on its work with refugees at an interfaith service at the Unitarian Chapel in St Saviourgate on Sunday 26th June from 11.00am - 12noon.

International Shared Meal

Saturday 29th October 2016

This year's International Shared Meal, held in celebration of One World Week, will take place on Saturday 29th October at Acomb Parish Church Hall.

The meal, which is open to all and is followed by musical entertainment, is jointly organised by York Baha'i community, York Interfaith and York Racial Equality Network.

Please bring a dish from your own country or tradition to share, and contribute just £3 towards the cost of the hall - children under 16 free.