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! 


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.

Rural Solutions for Living Well with Disability - Doncaster and surrounding villages

A free event bringing disability solutions to rural areas in South Yorkshire.
Masters House, High St, Braithwell, S66 7AW, Friday 14th August, 10am - 2pm | More info | Poster

Community Friendly Buildings: Showcase - North Yorkshire

Showcasing projects developed by community buildings as part of our CFB project, with ideas and information that all halls can benefit from as they plan new, sustainable and accessible services.
Middleton and Aislaby Village Hall, YO18 8PB, Saturday 15th August, 11am - 3pm | More info


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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: 28th July 2015 - 28/07/2015 - 2:30pm

    New APPG on Rural Businesses;  New £24m Rural Growth Programme; New Guidance on Demonstrating Value of Local Markets; Warning on Windfarms; New NCVO Report Economic Recovery in Third Sector; CLA Warning About Chinese Lanterns; North Yorkshire Moors Moorsfest

  • Sheffield Citizens Advice offering Pension Wise appointments in Sheffield and across South Yorkshire to help people plan for their future - 23/07/2015 - 12:51pm
    Sheffield Citizens Advice is delivering Pension Wise appointments across Sheffield and across South Yorkshire giving people access to free and impartial pension guidance in their local area.
  • News in Brief: 22nd July 2015 - 23/07/2015 - 10:01am

    Fears for Rural Bus Services;  RSA raises concern about digital by default; Ten MPs Appointed to EFRA; New Permanent Secretary Appointed to DEFRA; Government Call for Local Authorities to work with LEPs in Rural Areas; Rural Economy in Yorkshire valued at £17Bn; North Yorkshire County Council Health and Wellbeing Consultation; Roundup of Rural Housing Week Articles

  • Don’t be caught out by flash flooding - be prepared! - 16/07/2015 - 10:27am

    North Yorkshire County Council and the Environment Agency are urging communities across the county to be aware of the dangers of flash flooding, and to take steps to prepare.

  • News in Brief: 3rd July 2015 - 03/07/2015 - 12:16pm

    DEFRA releases hoards of information to agriculturalists; new guidance on the definition of rural; RSN highlights rural funding gap; plans for Yorkshire potash mine approved; DCLG encourages communities to grasp at devolution