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 Banish the Winter Blues  Saturday 24th January  2015
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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 York Intergenerational Community            Engagement Project provided members of culturally diverse communities of all ages  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

Banish the Winter Blues! 

As a fundraising event YREN will once again be holding an evening of uplifting music at York Unitarian Chapel, on 24th January 2015, featuring Harmonix Choir and Ukulele Sunshine Revival.  Tickets cost £4 in advance (£3 concessions) or £5 at the door.  Tickets can be obtained by phone on York 500281 or by emailing info@yren.co.uk  Doors open at 7.00pm, the concert starts at 7.30pm and there will be an interval with refreshments.

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