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International Shared Meal 2015
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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:

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.

Your Voice - Community Mentors and Confidence Project

This project, funded by the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Fund, will recruit community mentors with an 'authentic voice' from the diverse minority communities in York and North Yorkshire.  These mentors will have the opportunity to be trained in understanding hate crime, hate crime reporting mechanisms, ways of supporting the victims of hate crime and liaising with third party reporting centres and the North Yorkshire Police.

The mentors will be empowered to disseminate their training, pass on information and facilitate contact between third party reporting centres, North Yorkshire Police and individual members of their communities.  

YREN Open Forum opporuntities will be provided and will contribute towards building community confidence, and this will give North Yorkshire Police and partners direct face to face opportunities to consult with members of the public on issues relating to criminal justice.

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  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 Events

YREN's latest fundraising event - Banish the winter blues! - on 24th January featuring musical entertainment from Harmonix Choir and Ukulele Sunshine Revival, and hosted by the Unitarian Chapel in York, was extremely successful and raised £528 for the organisation, which will be used too support individuals in need of our information and support services.  Many thanks to everyone who gave up their time voluntarily to organise this event and help on the night.

2015 International Shared Meal  
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The 2015 International Shared Meal will take place on Saturday 24th October at Acomb Parish Church Hall, from 6.00 - 9.30pm. This annual event is held in celebration of One World Week, which aims to enable groups at a local level to work across boundaries such as culture, ethnicity, gender or creed, to recognise that we are all part of one world in combating inequality and discrimination.

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 at the door towards the cost of the hall - children under 16 free.

For more details contact York Racial Equality Network on 642600 or info@yren.co.uk.