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 Jib's Long Way Up
 Fundraising walk from  Land's End to John  O'Groats
York International Shared Meal
This year's International Shared Meal will be on Saturday 25th October.
Musical Evening
Saturday 24th January 2015





































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.
 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 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.

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

  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

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 Acomb Parish Church Hall, Front Street, Acomb, York from 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.

Musical Evening Fundraising Event

YREN, in partnership with York Unitarian Chapel, will be holding a music concert on 24th January 2015, as a fundraising event.  More details to follow soon...