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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:

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.

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 to criminal justice.

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.

 York Intergenerational Community Engagement Project

Funded by the Big Lottery,
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 Events

Fundraising Concert by The Foresters

The well-known popular York group The Foresters have kindly agreed to do a fundraising concert for YREN. The group have been performing in and around Yorkshire for more than 40 years have raised thousands of pounds for charity in that time.

Date and venue to be announced - watch this space for further details.

Multi-cultural Cookbook - Your help is needed!

For many years now it has been YREN's aspiration to collate diverse recipes and put together a multi-cultural cookbook.  We are delighted to inform you that we have now been provided with a voluntary offer of support to put this together, by two Yorkshire born young people, who are now settling in North Yorkshire after 15 years of travelling, so they have experience of eating a broad range of culturally diverse food.

We would like to get a mix of family, celebrity and professional recipes, including those used at the International Shared Meal.  If you have not already done so and you would like to contribute, please provide us with a recipe of yours, giving permission for it to be used in the cookbook.  Please note, if you are sending a recipe from an existing cookbook, then please confirm the title and author as we will need to verify permissions etc. before it can be used.

Recipes can be sent to info@yren.co.uk or by post to the address at the bottom of the page.