York Racial Equality Network

Events and Activities

York Women’s International Week 2021

Monday 8th March – 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Aromatherapy Workshop – Free Event

With over 35 years of experience in natural and integrative healthcare, June Tramner will offer advice and support during today’s workshop. June has gathered some of her favourite self care tips to share with everyone who wants to help keep themselves well, calm and centred in these difficult times. Some are simple recipes for keeping our “defensive energy” awake, others are touch and massage for helping soothe and calm the mind.  June has about 13 useful things in her list, which she will share with you so you can try out the ones that best suit you in your own home. Feel free to pass them on to your friends and family too.

For more information on Aromatherapy contact: 

http://www.facebook.com/JuneTHealing             

http://www.junetranmer.co.uk

Tuesday 9th March: 11am-12pm

Coffee & Chat Club – Free Event

During normal times, YREN hosts free weekly sessions at St Aelred’s Community Centre in Tang Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along to our Friendship Project. We offer two sessions, one for parents and toddlers, and a social group for adults. We do crafts, music, quizzes, games and even cooking at times. We have translation facilities to assist any language communication difficulties, and we love to learn about other cultures.  All are welcome, our aim is to bring everyone together and to help prevent loneliness and isolation. Throughout lockdown we have continued our sessions online. For many of our members it is their only opportunity to chat and share with other adults during this time of enforced isolation.  Children are welcome, so don’t worry about noise or interruptions !  

To join us just turn up with your favourite drink and a comfy chair. You don’t need a zoom account, the link will work with your normal browser.

Wednesday 10th March – 12pm – 1pm

Yoga – Free Event

This workshop is led by Jenny Carpenter, a fully qualified and registered yoga teacher who has helped a range of people improve their sense of well-being.  Yoga helps people to connect with each other, either in person or through online classes, and creates a sangha or community of positive, shared energies. Being part of a mutual sangha is extremely beneficial for those people in isolation or who find themselves alone. Through sharing their energy and experience of well-being at the end of a class, people feel a sense of warm comfort. As yoga promotes a slowing down and mindfulness of your own self, bringing yourself back to the present moment, it helps people to understand themselves more and generates an overall holistic sense of peace.

For this workshop wear clothes that you can freely move in. Bring a yoga mat or a large towel and have some water to drink nearby.

For more information on Yoga by Jenny Carpenter contact:  http://www.facebook.com/jenncarpenteryogalifecoach

Wednesday 10th March: 7.30pm – 8.30pm

YREN Open Minds Presentation

West Indian Nurses in the 1950s-1960s National Health Service

  • Free Event

YREN Member and Volunteer, Linda Ali, will be telling us all about her research into West Indian women working in the 1950/60’s NHS.  If her previous talk on Black and Caribbean soldiers during World War One is anything to go by, this is a presentation not to miss! 

Linda was born in Trinidad and Tobago and travelled to Britain in 1961 to study Beauty Therapy and Electrolysis. As a result of sustained discrimination, she decided to follow a different career path in Trade Marks management working in the City of London for over 30 years. In 1997 she arrived in York where she completed a BA (Hons) History/Education and Masters in History at the University of York. Through her studies she began to focus on ‘Black Presence in Britain’. This took the form of her MA Thesis titled ‘West Indian Nurses working in the National Health Service 1950s-1960s’, which we are going to learn about tonight.

At present, dedicated to her Christian faith, Linda volunteers in many areas of the Church of England, and is one of the Lay representatives of York Diocese on General Synod. She was also appointed as a Lay Canon of York Minister. In this regard, Linda was nominated as a member of York’s Commonwealth diaspora to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace, in February 2018, where she was presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, Head of the Commonwealth. In addition, on Holy Thursday 2018, Linda was appointed by the Archbishop of York to be one of 92 women involved in charity work in York, to receive the Maundy Money from Her Majesty in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

For more information on York Racial Equality Network services please contact: 

Info@yren.co.uk           

http://www.yren.co.uk

Thursday 11th March 1pm – 2pm

Healing Racial Trauma with Amy

Please note this talk is a protected space for BAME women (trans inclusive).

Amy from YARC developed a 10 week programme for BAME women to begin to heal from racial trauma. Amy works at a trauma informed women’s centre in York so she combined her knowledge around trauma with the experience of racism to write this course. 

Join this event to learn more about racial trauma, the theories behind the 10 week programme, an introduction to YARC and how you can refer yourself or women you know to the service.

Thursday 11th March: 2pm-3pm

Coffee & Chat Club – Free Event

During normal times, YREN hosts free weekly sessions at St Aelred’s Community Centre in Tang Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along to our Friendship Project. We offer two sessions, one for parents and toddlers, and a social group for adults. We do crafts, music, quizzes, games and even cooking at times. We have translation facilities to assist any language communication difficulties, and we love to learn about other cultures.  All are welcome, our aim is to bring everyone together and to help prevent loneliness and isolation. Throughout lockdown we have continued our sessions online. For many of our members it is their only opportunity to chat and share with other adults during this time of enforced isolation.  Children are welcome, so don’t worry about noise or interruptions !  

To join us just turn up with your favourite drink and a comfy chair. You don’t need a zoom account, the link will work with your normal browser.

For more information on York Racial Equality Network services please contact: 

Info@yren.co.uk           

http://www.yren.co.uk

Thursday 11 March: 3pm – 4pm

YREN Open Minds Presentation – ‘Things You’ve Forgotten; Words from Lockdown’

  • Free Event

YREN invites you to an hour of poems and anecdotes, with local writer, founding Member and former Chair of YREN, Yvie Holder. Yvie’s writing is drawn from her life and inspired by the lives of others too. She will reflect on the York International Women’s Week theme for 2021, ‘Women in a Time of Plague.’ Using imagination, biography and extracts from her upcoming memoir, she’ll focus on times before, during and (possibly) after lockdown.

Yvie’s memoir centres on her parents’ struggles in the 1950’s when they met in the UK and how their experiences replayed in her own life. Her book spans 200 years, from a Caribbean slave plantation, to Brexit and the Windrush scandal. It covers themes of loss, separation, adoption, interracial marriage, reconciliation and enduring love. It explores what it is to belong and what values shaped the Britain we know today.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Mar 11, 2021 15:00 London
Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrfu6rrTwvH9QzeerexprQ0lK0GM08g0AP


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Read more about Yvie here: http://www.herstoryyork.org.uk/yvie-holder/

Hear Yvie reading an extract from ‘Changing Times: A Suburban Childhood’ here:  https://untoldhull.org/CreativeJourneys

Watch Yvie reading two poems The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry, in Scarborough, Yorkshire. (Scroll to 43 mins.48 secs):

Listen to a 90 minute interview with Yvie here:

https://untoldhull.org/1143-YvieHolder

Thursday 11th March – 4pm-5pm

                                                                           Mother Water with Joscelyn Procter

Joscelyn is Otomi and Purepecha  (Mexico) and  Northern Irish. She is a traditional conchero dancer from central Mexico and has learned traditional teachings  in the past  16 years from different elders and mentors.  Her own spiritual journey and  community work have given her the opportunity to participate in cultural interchange activities in countries like: Canada, Us, Hawaii, Barbados, Brazil, etc.  She has coordinated indigenous peoples congresses and holds honorary positions with traditional councils.

In this session we will talk about the relation with water from the perspective of traditional cultures and tools to discover different ways that lead us to the continuity of connection in this times of isolation.  

If you are a woman please wear a skirt, and everyone please bring a glass of water with you.

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/york-racial-equality-network-32577304943

Friday 12th March: 8pm- late

Girls Night Out – Free Event

Join us for a fun filled evening, put your glad rags on, grab a drink of your favourite tipple, pop in for just a short time, or stay for the whole evening, we will be there to entertain you.

For more information on York Racial Equality Network services please contact: 

Info@yren.co.uk           

http://www.yren.co.uk

Sunday 14th March: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Black Women Let Loose Theatre Company

  • Free Event

York Racial Equality Network(YREN) present Black Women Let Loose Theatre Company with extracts of their inaugural show Shades Of Our Lives and Ama’s Tide which debuted at the Bristol Old Vic in Sept 2020.  Created to highlight the experiences of women of African and Caribbean descent through theatre, this group of 6 women will perform monologues/sketches & poetry, followed by a question and answer session with the performers.

For more information on York Racial Equality Network services please contact: 

Info@yren.co.uk           

www.yren.co.uk

All the above events are free but if you would like to donate to YREN please see below:

Please donate to us at

https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/13492





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