Welcome to Rural Action Yorkshire

We can help you to make your rural community a better place to live and work in. Rural Action Yorkshire supports community groups to tackle new projects, keeps you informed about new developments and raises awareness of important issues affecting rural areas.

Whether you're interested in saving money on heating oil, learning about the Localism Act or getting the latest rural news, this website can give you the current picture and useful resources, guides and templates for you to use in your community.


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.

Village Hall Networking + meeting

Saturday 29 November, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Oswaldkirk Village Hall
Following recent successful networking events in the area, another chance for village hall organisers to get together and share their problems, ideas and experiences. Light refreshments will be available. Full details.

Community Resilience Training - Craven

Wednesday 10 December, 1.00pm - 3.00pm, Grassington Institute
Join us for a free, practical session which will help your community become more resilient and prepare for winter. Full details.

Creating Community Friendly Buildings - Hambleton, Richmondshire + Whitby

Saturday 21 February, 10.00am - 2.00pm, Kirkby Fleetham Village Hall
Sessions include: how to attract more volunteers and participants, making your building more accessible, and dementia awareness. Share experiences with others and make use of a Q&A with an expert panel. 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.

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  • News in Brief - November 2014 - 26/11/2014 - 4:28pm

    A summary of recent rural news.

  • CONSULTATION: Changes to Licensing making it easier for community groups to sell alcohol - 25/11/2014 - 2:58pm

    The Home Office has published its proposals to create a new licensing category which will enable community groups and low-risk businesses to sell or give away limited quantities of alcohol as part of their general activities without the need to apply for a full Premises License. Views on the creation of the Community and Ancillary Sellers Notice (CAN) are sought in a consultation that closes on Tuesday 9 December 2014.

  • RAY launches new project helping Craven communities prepare for winter weather - 25/11/2014 - 9:49am

    A new Rural Action Yotrkshire project has been launched to call on community leaders across parts of rural Yorkshire to take action in the fight against fuel poverty this winter. The Craven Winter Weather project aims to support more vulnerable residents to stay warm, stay well and keep healthy in the face of the cold weather.

  • North Yorkshire libraries service shakeup - your views needed - 11/11/2014 - 10:07am

    North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) have launched a public consultation on the future of the public libraries service across the county in light of news that a further £1.6m needs to be cut from the libraries budget by 2019. Proposals will see just one fully staffed library in each district, supplemented by a network of "hybrid" and community libraries staffed by volunteers.

  • Government seeks views on proposals to improve rural mobile phone coverage - 05/11/2014 - 3:40pm

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation seeking views on a range of proposals aimed at improving mobile phone network coverage in areas where availability is currently patchy, known as 'not-spots'. 21% of the country, geographically speaking, is currently in a not-spot in which there might be coverage by one or two mobile network operators but not all. The consultation closes on Wednesday 26 November 2014.