York Racial Equality Network (YREN) provides a range of services to promote awareness of the needs of black and minority ethnic people and others in the York area. This includes information and resources on race equality issues, and independent, impartial information and mutual support to people experiencing racial harassment, victimisation, discrimination or isolation.

Hate crime reporting

YREN is one of York's designated hate crime reporting centres.

A hate crime is a crime which is motivated by prejudice or hate in connection with:

Disability
Race
Religion
Sexuality
Transgender

Other Services

YREN also offers information and resources on race equality issues for organisations, which includes advice on the Equality Act 2010.

The Equality Act 2010 requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.

YREN has accepted commissions for research into equality and equality management issues.

Representation

YREN represents the equality voice for BME people and organisations and others on a range of partnership boards. See our links page for a complete list.

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:

The Friendship (Amity) Network

The network will provide regular monthly community activities aimed at people from all communities and ages, with the aim of reducing social isolation and providing a constructive, 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 known to be a particular problem.

Project activities are based on participants' needs and interests, with a strong focus on sharing and valuing the skills and experiences that different individuals bring to the group.


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.

Voice Project

YREN's Voice Project (funded by Comic Relief) is recruiting volunteer community representatives.

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 needs?

Would you like a say in how services are planned?

This Project aims to give a voice to members of York's diverse BME groups and support volunteers to influence the planning and delivery of services that are more appropriate, more effective and that meet people's diverse cultural needs.

The project will train and support volunteers to get involved in meetings and activities where services are being designed and decisions about service delivery are being made.

York's BME community are underrepresented in many of the places where important decisions are made about key services such as GP services. By increasing the presence and contributions of people from the BME community more culturally sensitive services can be developed.

There are many ways to get involved For more information please email voice@yren.co.uk or on 01904 642600.

YREN Outreach

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.

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: info@yren.co.uk or by telephone: 01904 642600.