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.

Rural Strategy for Yorkshire

In response to the ever-changing financial and policy environment in which we and the communities we serve operate, Rural Action Yorkshire has published a draft Rural Strategy which we hope reflects the current state of affairs in our area and which can be used to guide funding and policy decisions by a wide range of partners in the coming years. We need your help to make it as accurate and useful as possible and are asking for feedback on the draft before Thursday 31 July. Click here to read the document and find out how to let us know what you think.


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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

  • RAY seeks views on strategy for rural Yorkshire - 23/06/2014 - 2:28pm

    Over the past few months Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) has been developing a Rural Strategy to review the state of rural Yorkshire, highlight potential opportunities and challenges and suggest priority areas for future activity, both for us and for other organisations working in rural Yorkshire. We have been working in partnership with Humber and Wolds RCC to ensure we are able to present issues and ideas that have resonance across the whole of Yorkshire.

  • Age UK calls for more action as govt figures show fuel poverty remains high - 23/07/2014 - 10:13am

    LEVELS of fuel poverty are set to rise among older people in the UK, a charity has warned. Age UK has launched a report which coincides with government figures showing fuel poverty levels remain stubbornly high. Rural areas are at particular risk of fuel poverty.

  • ACRE repeats call for end to bedroom tax in rural settlements - 21/07/2014 - 12:25pm

    Fears that the ‘bedroom tax’ is hitting some of the most vulnerable people in rural communities are borne out by a new report, leading rural network ACRE has said. ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), the national body of Rural Action Yorkshire, is repeating its call for the Government to scrap the charge in settlements of fewer than 3,000 people as a minimum.

  • Your views on Community Rights needed for Parliamentary report - 16/07/2014 - 9:38am

    The Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Select Committee has launched an inquiry into the use of Community Rights and whether the legislation behind them is operating effectively. Rural Action Yorkshire is asking for the communities in our area to let us know their thoughts so that we can ensure the rural perspective is heard by this inquiry. The deadline for letting us know your views is Friday 22 August 2014 so that we and our parent organisation ACRE have time to submit a response before the Inquiry deadline of Thursday 4 September.

  • PRESS RELEASE: New funding for communities to tackle loneliness - 15/07/2014 - 10:35am

    NEW FUNDING has become available in the fight to combat rural loneliness across parts of North Yorkshire. In the effort to respond to the needs of older residents, village halls are being encouraged to become the centre of community life.