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:
The Friendship (Amity) Network
We are delighted to announce that, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, we are launching a new monthly Friendship Network.
The network will provide regular monthly
community activities aimed at peoplr from all communities and ages,
with the aim of reducing social isolation and providing aconstructive,
safe and supportive environment in which people can develop new
friendships and build links to the wider York community. Although
open to all, the project particularly aims to benefit older BME people
and those new to the City of York, including refugees, for whom social
exclusion and loneliness are know to be a particular problem.
activities will be base don participants' needs and interests, with a
strong focus on sharing and valuing the skills and expereinces that
different individuals bring to the group.
first meeting will take place on wednesday 27th April 2016 at Tang Hall
Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York YO31 0UG from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
York Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Individuals and Groups Open Forum
The Open Forum aims to:
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 with 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 is now offering a free outreach service at Tang Hall Community
Centre on the last Wednesday of each month from 12.30pm to 2.00pm.