Unfortunately, due to the new Government Guidelines and St Aelred’s Community Centre now being closed until April 2021, we are unable to hold our weekly face to face sessions.  To keep in touch with everyone we will be holding events online instead. 

YREN is a user led Charity, which means that we respond to the needs of our members and friends. This is especially important during the difficult Lockdown period; we know that many people will be feeling isolated, worried and lonely.  It is therefore especially important that you tell us how we can help. 

What could YREN do to support you and/or your family and friends? For example:
Would you participate in weekly sessions to entertain the children in your family?  Maybe a storytime session or songtime? What would you suggest for the different age groups?
Or maybe an evening or weekend event so you can chat to other adults?  Would you prefer an interest-based event such as a quiz, book club or music night instead of a social group? Perhaps a regular online coffee morning? Or maybe you would like to learn something new – such as cookery or a language?  Would it help to meet others who are facing similar challenges to yourself?  

Our Friendship Project runs activities to help bring people together, so we would welcome your input, any other suggestions or offers of help. Please let us know so we can cater for your needs. 

YREN also offers support and advice for issues which affect your quality of life, for example race hate crime issues, help accessing support organisations, communication difficulties, isolation, mental health, and issues arising from the impacts of Covid 19.  What is the best way to provide this help; online (email), social media updates, a telephone service, written guidance on our website, one to one support, YREN’s Open Forum – please let us know what is the best way to support you or others.

Following a suggestion from a YREN member, we have spoken to York Food Bank in regards to specific dietary needs of BAME residents.  We hope to set up a scheme to help provide access to Halal meat.  Please let us know if you or someone you know could use this support.  Are there any other supply issues affecting BAME residents who rely on York Food Bank’s support? 

Are there other unmet needs caused by Covid 19?
York Racial Equality Network is here to serve its members, so please keep in touch with us. We will do all we can to help, to provide services and to listen to our members and supporters.  Our contact details are: 
email:  info@yren.co.ukTel: 01904 557612  (Office hours Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm)Website: www.yren.co.uk

York Racial Equality NetworkReducing Racial Inequality in Yorkwww.yren.co.uk

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Postal Address: Wharfedale, Tower Court, Oakdale Road, York, YO30 4XL

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