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:
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 t
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'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
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,
For more details contact York Racial Equality Network on 642600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.