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) Citizens 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 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.
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.
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
The next session of the Intergenerational Community Engagement Project will be on
Wednesday 5th March from 2.00pm - 4.00pm at the YREN offices. Patience Moore will be sharing her culture, demonstrating Ghana's traditional dress and providing those in attendance with the opportunity to sample some traditional Ghanaian food.
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
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.