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,
information, support and advocacy service for people who are
experiencing racial harrassment, victimisation, discrimination or
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
- in order that those from
different backgrounds have similar life opportunities, and
develop strong and positive relationships between people from different
backgrounds and circumstances in the workplace, in schools and in
YREN also provides
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 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.
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.
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.
The Open Forum aims to:
- Give BME groups and
individuals the opportunity to express and discuss any issues affecting
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
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 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: email@example.com or by telephone: 01904 642600.
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.
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