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:
YREN also provides information and resources for individuals, organisations and the community as a whole on race equality issues; and runs various 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 have launched 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.
activities will be based on participants' needs and interests, with a
strong focus on sharing and valuing the skills and expereinces that
different individuals bring to the group.
next meeting will take place on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at Tang Hall
Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York YO31 0UG from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
interactive map, based on ‘What do we mean by friendship?’. It will involve the use
of pens, big pieces of paper and capturing the ideas and information of those
We hope to see you there, and if you know anybody else who would like to come
along please do encourage them to do so - no booking necessary.
York Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Individuals and Groups Open Forum
The Open Forum aims to:
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.
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.