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New funding for York Racial Equality Network strengthens service provision for BAME residents

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We are excited to announce that York Racial Equality Network (YREN) has just been awarded £30,416 from the Big Lottery Fund to assist our work. We are also grateful for generous support of £10,000 from the Two Ridings Community Foundation and £2100 from the Wharfedale Foundation. These awards will make a great difference to our services and assistance to the BAME residents of York.

Our team has already taken a number of steps towards strengthening our valuable work.

We have extended provision of our existing Friendship Project on Wednesdays at St Aelred’s Community Centre, Tang Hall. During Lockdown we will be introducing a number of online events. The Project’s varied and absorbing autumn and winter programme can be found at https://yren.co.uk/2020/10/13/friendship-project-activities/

Also we will soon be launching a programme of evening talks by York’s BAME residents, covering a variety of cultural topics. The first of these, on Wednesday 11 November at 7pm, is a presentation on Black and Caribbean soldiers during World War One. The online link for the Talk is available from info@yren.co.uk

Race hate crime is a current priority of our work, which was inspired by our members through our quarterly Open Forum meetings. Unfortunately, York has experienced an increase in such incidents in recent years. Since the COVID-19 national lockdown, we have strengthened our links with North Yorkshire Police and engaged other relevant organisations and individuals. Our Big Lottery Fund grant will, among other things, help us undertake an online survey into race hate crime, delivered in a wide variety of languages.

In a further development, the YREN team is moving to a new office location, which will prove more accessible to our service users and offer better value for money. Further details of all our services are available on our website, http://www.yren.co.uk or by contacting info@yren.co.uk / 01904 642600

Fred Ring, Chair of York Racial Equality Network, said “It is a very positive time for our organisation. We send our heartiest thanks to those who have supported us in the past and those with whom we will be able to develop new projects in the near future.”

Written by: YO1 Radio Web Team

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