Welcome to Rural Action Yorkshire

We are a charity working with communities across Yorkshire to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work there. We provide a voice for rural communities to ensure they receive access to services that will keep them vibrant and viable.

We aim to ensure that rural issues and 'the rural voice' are recognised, acknowledged, and addressed at all levels of government. To communities we offer support, training, events and resources on everything affecting life in a rural area. This can range from sourcing funding to attracting volunteers, or running a community building to writing a business plan. Whatever area you need help with, get in touch today to find out how RAY can help you! 


We'll list details of forthcoming Rural Action Yorkshire events here, or you can see them in the Dates for Your Diary section on the left of any page on this website. A full calendar of events organised by us, our members, partners and other organisations that are of interest to rural communities can be found on our Events Calendar.

Events for the Kirklees Two Valley and Huddersfield area on Funding and Dementia

- Funding Advice: Do's & Don'ts - Tips & Tricks

Wednesday 15th April, 10am-12pm, at Meltham Carlile Institute | More info
After a successful first workshop, we have another running in April. Book now while places remain!

- Dementia Friendly Communities and Businesses workshops
Saturday 14th March, 10am-12pm, Slaithwaite Community Centre | More info
Saturday 21st March, 10am-12pm, Honley Village Hall | More info

Winter Weather Roadshows - touring North Yorkshire

Throughout March 2015

RAY is hosting five free and exclusive roadshows across North Yorkshire in aid of reducing rates of fuel poverty and ensuring that communities are ready for winter. They are happening in Harrogate, Ryedale, Selby and Hambleton. More info here. Dates below:

Wednesday 4th March - Northallerton Town Hall. More info here.
Wednesday 11th March - Kirkbymoorside Quaker Meeting House. More info here.
Tuesday 17th March - Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster. More info here.
Wednesday 18th March - Darley Memorial Hall. More info here.
Tuesday 24th March - Chain Lane Community Centre, Knaresborough. More info here.

Village Hall Networking Event - Hambleton+ District 

Saturday 21st March, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Ampleforth Village Hall, Ampleforth

All village hall committees are welcome to join us on this Saturday in March where we will be looking at all issues relating to running a village hall. Full details.


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Community-Led Planning (CLP) Written evidence of the opinions of the whole community is a powerful way to tackle issues, improve provision and help influence policy making by a range of organisations, from local planning authorities to police and health services. Community-Led Plans (also known as Parish Plans) are a tried and tested tool that is already being used by over 4000 parishes. In our region they are giving a voice to over 200 communities, who have used their plans to encourage community spirit and action and also help with funding bids. Rural Action Yorkshire's Community-Led Planning Service provides impartial advice and support and can guide you through the process from consultation, to implementation of your action plan. Rural Action Yorkshire is a member of ACRE (Action with Community in Rural England) and also part of the RCAN (Rural Communities Action Network), which enables us to deliver a level of service and expertise based on practical experience gained across the whole England. The relevance of community-led planning has been thrown into sharp relief by the Government's plans to create 'The Big Society'. Rural Action Yorkshire aims to ensure that rural issues and the ‘rural voice’ are heard, acknowledged and addressed by the decision and policy makers at all levels of government. Our work with communities means that we are well positioned to influence and advocate on current and future service provision. Government at national, regional and local levels, regularly issue policy statements which potentially will impact on rural Yorkshire.

Editor's Choice

  • News in Brief: 12th February 2015 - 17/02/2015 - 4:29pm

    The results of an independent review into ‘rural proofing’;  new advice from the charity commission on selling property; government minister announces increased protection for community pubs; calls for investment in rural internet; the new infrastructure act; government boost to Yorkshire rural tourism; findings of the English Outdoors survey released; the first dedicated rural community business awards; consultation on a combine volunteer strategy for North Yorkshire; Local Charities in the News. 

  • £22.5 Million grant boost for Neighborhood Planning Groups. - 26/02/2015 - 2:00pm

    The government has announced a new £22.5 Million grant stream for neighbourhood planning groups for events to engage the local community, print leaflets and pay for specialist expertise.

  • New Report on Rural Housing Needs Welcomed - 24/02/2015 - 4:09pm

    The Rural Housing Policy Review Group has released a new report highlighting housing issues in rural areas.

  • Highlighting Yorkshire Community Transport - 19/02/2015 - 12:09pm

    We highlight the importance of community transport schemes to rural areas. Community Transport Calderdale want your views on transport needs in Kirklees and Ryedale Community Transport is in the news.

  • Boost to Community Rights Support - 17/02/2015 - 4:29pm

    The House of Common’s Communities and Local Government Committee publishes its sixth report on the community rights package. £6 million of funding announced, by the Department for Communities and Local Government, for the community rights program.