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 can be found in the event listing.


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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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    The Charity Commission has announced changes to the annual return, the tool it uses to hold charities accountable to the public. The regulator says the changes, which will apply when charities report on their financial years ending in 2015, will strengthen its ability to identify risk and will ensure people have access to the information they need to make confident decisions about charities.

  • RAY event to support Kirklees community groups - 15/10/2014 - 2:43pm

    VOLUNTARY and charitable organisations are expected to face increasing pressures over the coming years in the wake of austerity measures and public funding cuts. A new RAY project in the Holme and Colne Valleys area of Kirklees is helping community groups in those areas handle this pressure by opening up new avenues for mutual support and shared services. An event introducing the project has been arranged for Saturday 25 October at the Carlile Institute in Meltham and is free to all interested parties.

  • RAY launches project tackling social isolation in Doncaster area - 23/09/2014 - 9:07am

    Rural Action Yorkshire has launched a new scheme which will look at the social issues facing older and vulnerable people across the Doncaster area and seek novel ways of addressing them. Tackling the problems of digital exclusion and social isolation in particular, the scheme will operate in both rural and urban areas and utilise tablets and app technology as potential means of relieving such issues.

  • RAY calls on Minister to protect future of rural affordable homes - 17/09/2014 - 1:09pm

    Housing minister Brandon Lewis has been urged to protect small rural communities from Government proposals which could drastically cut the development of new affordable homes. Rural Action Yorkshire is backing the plea by its national body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), which has written to the Minister to outline its objections.

  • 35,000 cups of tea - ACRE published results of Village Hall Survey - 16/09/2014 - 12:57pm

    Rural Action Yorkshire's parent organisation Action With Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has published the results of the most comprehensive survey of village halls in England for five years, which shows the staggering importance of volunteers to these vital hubs of rural community life. It also reveals that village halls in our region serve up around 35,000 cups of tea every week!