York Racial Equality Network (YREN) is a voluntary organisation and registered charity and has been in existence since 1992.

The organisation is accountable to its membership and is governed by a Board of nominated, elected Trustees. The day-to-day management and direction of the organisation is assigned to the Director. 

YREN's latest Annual Report and Accounts are available on the Charity Commission website at: http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/find-charities/ by entering 1084619 in the charity search box.


York Racial Equality Network aims to

Enable BME voices to be better heard in York

Improve access to appropriate services and support for BME people

Increase the confidence of BME people to express themselves and be mutually supportive

Improve the knowledge and understanding of the wider community, agencies, businesses and public services on the needs of the BME population and the importance of combatting racial hatred, discrimination and harassment

Improve the level of Hate Crime reporting and the experience of BME people reporting Hate Crime


As a small, independent organisation, YREN relies heavily on the support of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with YREN please contact us.

YREN provides an independent and impartial information support service and advocacy for people who are experiencing racial harassment, 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.