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 in the future. 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.

Community Resilience training events - part of the Warm & Well in North Yorkshire project - open to all

A chance to find out about emergency planning in the Pickering and Leyburn areas; what to do in the event of flooding and extreme weather; and how you can get involved in making sure your community stays safe in an emergency. The event is free to attend. Click the appropriate link above for full information and booking details.

Thursday, 25 February 2016, 4pm to 6pm | Community Resilience Training | Leyburn Town Hall

Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 4pm to 6pm | Community Resilience Training | Pickering Memorial Hall

Village Hall Networking events - open to all village halls

Our latest Village Halls network meeting is being hosted by Wintringham Village Hall in their wonderful new building. Come and see what has been achieved here, learn from the experiences of other halls in the area, and take the opportunity to share your own ideas or problems. 

Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 9.30am to 12pm | Ryedale+ Village Halls Networking Meeting | Wintringham

Do you struggle to heat your home or pay your energy bills? Are you worried about winter and your health? There is new help available - have a look at our exciting new project 'Warm and Well in North Yorkshire' to find out more. Make a referral by visiting the official website and referral platform here.


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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 3 February 2016 - 03/02/2016 - 9:48pm

    The latest news, views and more from around rural Yorkshire or that have an impact on charities and community groups in our area.

  • News in Brief 23 December 2015 - 23/12/2015 - 1:25pm

    Our last round up this year of all the recent news, views, events and consultations that matter to rural Yorkshire.

  • Organisations working together to reach cold homes this winter - 21/12/2015 - 10:34am

    Rural Action Yorkshire is one of over twenty charities and organisations across North Yorkshire which have joined forces to bring warmth to cold homes and tackle rising rates of fuel poverty.

  • Urgent help needed: Wheldrake Village Hall roof damage - 21/12/2015 - 10:34am

    This week Wheldrake Village Hall lost its roof in the storms. Their group of volunteers is now really stretched trying to tackle the practical side of their crisis and need to urgently raise funds to get the roof put back on so the hall can be used again. Imagine if this happened in your community? Read on to find out how you can help.

  • Musical Memories in Ryedale - new project resource - 18/11/2015 - 3:55pm

    Rural Action Yorkshire is delighted to announce that it is working with Ruth and Neil Hannah of Musical Memories to offer free music memories sessions to community buildings across the Ryedale district. Musical Memories sessions provide local residents, especially older people, the opportunity to get together in a social setting, make new friends, reminisce about past times, and even get some exercise! They also provide those who care for an older person a great chance either for a break or to take part in an activity with the person they care for outside of the home.