Equality and Diversity Strategic Partnership

The North Yorkshire Equality and Diversity Strategic Partnership (NYED) has been established with membership from a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. There is a mailing list of over 1,000 organisations which will engage with NYED, and an executive list of about 30 which will take part in day-to-day discussions, and attend NYED meetings. NYED was established to support and promote the interests of dispersed diverse communities in the County. In particular this has evidenced a disturbing reduction in the degree of priority given by public and private organisations to the needs of specific equality groups in their own internal policies, and consequently in the delivery of the services they offer.
Caroline O'Neill, Networking & Collaboration Officer at the Forum and Professor Gary Craig represent the voluntary sector on this partnership.


The missing 30,000 - North Yorkshire's ethnic minority population 

Sept 2016 - Review of issues facing Black and Minority Ethnic Groups in North Yorkshire

The North Yorkshire Equality & Diversity Strategic Partnership, in association with the Forum, has published a report which points to the continuing ‘invisibilisation’ of North Yorkshire’s minority ethnic population.

The report shows that the population has grown in both size and diversity over the past years, and now exceeds over 30,000 people (that’s about twice the size of North Yorkshire’s administrative centre, Northallerton).

The report, based on research commissioned by the North Yorkshire & York Forum, funded by the Big Lottery, was set up to:

  • support the Partnership in developing its capacity and a work plan to enable it to achieve its aims
  • start to build the capacity of BME groups to contribute towards that work and to raise their profile with decision makers across the county.

The North Yorkshire Equality & Diversity Strategic Partnership is now working through the Recommendations to agree various actions for partners to respond to the key findings. The report recommends that:

  • a county-wide learning and training strategy be put in place;
  • all organisations, whether in public, private or third sector, should examine their own approach to work with minority ethnic groups;
  • culturally sensitive services be delivered to meet the identified needs of specific groups; and
  • a county-wide Equalities reference group, led by representatives of minority groups themselves, be developed to act as a voice for North Yorkshire’s minority ethnic population.

You can view the Report here. Use of the content of the report is not restricted by copyright and should be used responsibly. 

For any enquiries or to give feedback on the report or the Partnership contact the Forum e: info@nyyforum.org.uk.



The Partnership aims to keep you informed of issues around Equality and Diversity in North Yorkshire through its newsletter (the first issue of which was launched in September).

December 2016

June 2016 

January 2016

November 2015 

September 2015

Partnership meetings 

Partnership meetings took place on the following dates:

You can find out more about these meetings on the North Yorkshire Equality & Diversity Strategic Partnership listing on this site.

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