York Racial Equality Network (YREN), apart from in lockdown, hold a Friendship Project every Wednesday at St Aelreds Community Centre on Fifth Avenue in Tang Hall.
Their activities are aimed at York residents from both BAME and White British ethnicities to overcome loneliness and improve community cohesion. Sessions include weekly crafts, fun facts, quizzes, themed snacks and discussions.
YREN’s mantra is very much that ‘Everyone is welcome’. They provide written material in participants’ own language if English is an issue, and they have lots of phrase books and dictionaries to assist with communication between attendees.
The 1pm to 2.30pm session is for Parents and Toddlers and the 2.30pm to 4pm session is for Adults.
Out of lockdown, numbers are restricted by Covid regulations to 15 people per session. At the moment they have availability in the Adult sessions, but are oversubscribed in the Parent and Toddlers session.
In school holidays they hold Family Sessions instead bookable in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of their Open Door project, YREN are also launching a series of culturally based evening lectures, which they hope to broadcast online too, details will be on their Facebook page.
All their activities are conducted in line with Covid-19 regulations and may be subject to amendments.
To find out what is on each week, like and check out their Facebook page