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York International Festival
A Celebration of Faith and Culture - Saturday 26th April 10.30am - 5.30pm
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Intergenerational Community Engagement Project
The next session is on Wednesday 7th May
from 2.00pm - 4.00pm
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Refugee Week
Open House
Come and find out more about our work...
Monday 16th June
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York International Shared Meal
This year's International Shared Meal will be on Saturday 25th October.
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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) Citizens 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.
 York Intergenerational Community Engagement Project

 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 has a strong partnership approach and liaises 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
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 Individuals are 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  wish.  This gives them the opportunity to record their personal narratives and share    their life experiences.

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.

YREN Events

 York International Festival - A Celebration of Faith and Culture

The York International Festival - A Celebration of Faith and Culture, takes place on Saturday 26th April from 10.30am - 5.30pm in Parliament Street in York, providing an opportunity to celebrate the inte
rnational community and different faiths in the city.

The York International Festival - A Celebration of Faith and Culture, takes place on Saturday 26th April from 10.30am - 5.30pm in Parliament Street in York, providing an opportunity to celebrate the international community and different faiths in the city.
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 York Intergenerational Community Engagement Project

 
 The next session of the Intergenerational Community Engagement Project will be on
 Wednesday 7th May from 2.00pm - 4.00pm at YREN's premises.  The theme for  
 this session will be relaxation. Individuals will be given the opportunity to find out
 more about the benefits of mini-massages, including Indian head massage, and to
 experience these at first hand from associates of The Healing Clinic.  Volunteers will  experience an enhanced feeling of well-being and renewed energy levels.

 Light refreshments will be available - if you need assistance with transport please let  us know.
rnational community and different faiths in the city.. 

 York Intergenerational Community Engagement Project

 
 The next session of the Intergenerational Community Engagement Project will be on
 Wednesday 7th May from 2.00pm - 4.00pm at YREN's premises.  The theme for  
 this session will be relaxation. Individuals will be given the opportunity to find out
 more about the benefits of mini-massages, including Indian head massage, and to
 experience these at first hand from associates of The Healing Clinic.  Volunteers will  experience an enhanced feeling of well-being and renewed energy levels.

 Light refreshments will be available - if you need assistance with transport please let  us know.

  Refugee Week Open House

 In recognition of Refugee Week (15th - 21st June), YREN will be holding an Open    House at its offices on Monday 16th June from 10am - 12 noon, where you will have  an opportunity to find out more about the work of York Racial Equality Network as well  as trying a myth-busting quiz on the subject of refugees.

 Come along and meet us and test your knowledge!
 

York International Shared Meal

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 and creed, and to recognise that we are part of one world in combating inequality and discrimination.
This year, it will take place on Saturday 25th October at the Central Methodist Church Hall, St Saviourgate, York, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm. The meal, which is open to all and followed by entertainment, is organised by York Baha’i Community, York Interfaith and York Racial Equality Network.

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