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:
York Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Citizens and Groups Open Forum
The Open Forum aims to:
Funded by the Big Lottery, the York Intergenerational Community Engagement Project provides members of culturally diverse communities of all ages the opportunity to come together on a monthly basis in a constructive, supportive and safe environment.
The project has a strong partnership approach and liaises with other agencies in order to provide individuals with opportunities to engage in social, cultural, health and educational activities, and to access other services available to them within the City of York, through guest speakers and information sharing.
Individuals are enabled and empowered to attend and take part by having direct input into programme planning, 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 wish. This gives them the opportunity to record their personal narratives and share their life experiences.
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.Jib's Long Way Up
Starting on 9th August, University of York student Jack Ibbetson is
doing a solo walk from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for York Racial
Equality Network. The walk, of approximately 1200 miles, will take somewhere in the
region of 10 weeks to complete from start to finish.
Any donation of £1 or more will buy the donator one mile of the 1200 which Jack will
walk, and you will receive a photo of your chosen mile after the walk is finished.
To donate you can contact Jack himself by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
on Facebook at: facebook.com/jiblejog
or on Twitter: @jiblejog
Alternatively donations can be made by cheque, payable to 'York Racial Equality
Network' and sent to the YREN office at the address at the bottom of this page.
York International Shared Meal
annual event is held in celebration of One World Week, which aims to
enable groups at a local level to work across boundaries such as
culture, ethnicity, gender and creed, and to recognise that we are part
of one world in combating inequality and discrimination.