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:
York Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Individuals and Groups Open Forum
The Open Forum aims to:
Funded by the Big Lottery, the York Intergenerational Community Engagement Project provides members of culturally diverse communities of all ages the opportunity to come together on a monthly basis in a constructive, supportive and safe environment.
The project had a strong partnership approach and liaised with other agencies in order to provide individuals with opportunities to engage in social, cultural, health and educational activities, and to access other services available to them within the City of York, through guest speakers and information sharing.
Individuals were enabled and empowered to attend and take part by having direct input into programme planning, 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 gave them the opportunity to record their personal narratives and share their life experiences. 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.
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.Jib's Long Way Up
On 9th August, University of York student Jack Ibbetson started a solo walk from
Land's End. His intention was to walk to John O'Groats to raise money for York
Racial Equality Network. The walk, of approximately 1200 miles, was to take
somewhere in the region of 10 weeks to complete from start to finish, however due
to unforeseen circumstances Jack had to stop the walk after completing 141 miles.
To date, the walk has raised in excess of £1,300.
York International Shared Meal
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 and creed, and to recognise that we are part
of one world in combating inequality and discrimination.
Musical Evening Fundraising Event
YREN, in partnership with York Unitarian Chapel, will be holding a music concert on 17th January 2015, as a fundraising event. More details to follow soon...