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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:

The Friendship (Amity) Network

We are delighted to announce that, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, we have launched 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.

Project activities will be based on participants' needs and interests, with a strong focus on sharing and valuing the skills and expereinces that different individuals bring to the group.

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th July 2016 at Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York YO31 0UG from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. 

The main theme will be 'Let'sHave Music!'.   This will provide an opportunity for you to  bring along your musical instruments to play and sing along with Fred Ring and his guitar.  Fred will provide a friendly, informal opportnity for everyon to take part, or to simply listen and enjoy each other's company while listening to a mixture of pop and folk music

 We hope to see you there, and if you know anybody else who would like to come
 along please do encourage them to do so - no booking necessary.

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.

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 Outreach

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.

Forthcoming dates are 27th July; 31st August; 28th September, 26th October and 30th November.

Individuals from diverse minority communities in York are invited to meet representatives from YREN in a productive, informal setting.  YREN will raise awareness of, and enable people to access, services available in the City of York, including housing, education, health and recreational opportunities.  It will provide an information service and case work support to individuals in need, and advice and information on racial equality issues.

For further information please contact YREN by email: info@yren.co.uk or by telephone: 01904 642600.

YREN Events

Lord Mayor's Charities 2016-17

York Racial Equality Network is delighted to have been chosen as on of the Lord Mayor's Charities for 2016-17.

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YREN will be at the Yorkshire Day Festival on Monday 1st August and looks forward to meeting and talking to members of York's growing diverse communities. 

We would like to hear about issues that are concerning you and also what you like about living in York.

Have you experienced an increase in race hate incidents? If so have you reported it?
Have you had difficulties finding health services that recognise your cultural or religious needs?
Would you like a say in how services are planned?

We'd like to hear about your expereiences and what you think could be improved.

Please do come along on Monday 1st August when we will have a stall outside the main marquee on Parliament Street from 12noon until 3.00pm.

International Shared Meal

Saturday 29th October 2016

This year's International Shared Meal, held in celebration of One World Week, will take place on Saturday 29th October at Acomb Parish Church Hall.

The meal, which is open to all and is followed by musical entertainment, is jointly organised by York Baha'i community, York Interfaith and York Racial Equality Network.

Please bring a dish from your own country or tradition to share, and contribute just £3 towards the cost of the hall - children under 16 free.