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.

2014 AGM - Saturday 11th October - "Safer, Healthier Communities"

The date is set and preparations are under way for this year's exciting AGM event, taking place at Kirk Deighton Village Hall. Click here for more information.

Rural Strategy for Yorkshire - feedback survey closed

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. Over the last few weeks we have been running a survey to get your feedback on the document. The survey is now closed and we are now in the process of analysing the results and seeing how we can use them to improve the Strategy - watch this space for more developments later in the year. In the meantime you can still read the draft strategy 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

  • RAY calls on Minister to protect future of rural affordable homes - 17/09/2014 - 2:09pm

    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 - 1:57pm

    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!

  • Government seeks views on new fuel poverty strategy - 15/09/2014 - 3:54pm

    Following the passing of the Energy Act 2013, which committed the Government to producing a new strategy to tackle fuel poverty in England, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is seeking views on what the new strategy should look like. The consultation is open until Tuesday 7 October 2014.

  • Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG turn inside out for Mental Health awareness day - 08/09/2014 - 10:17am

    Colleagues at NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group – responsible for buying health services in the local area – are turning their clothes inside out on 10 September to raise awareness and funds for a national mental health campaign.

  • Call for North Yorks rail line to fulfil potential - 27/08/2014 - 3:25pm

    The Esk Valley Community Rail Partnership has published a report in response to a recent Parliamentary enquiry into rural transport provision that calls for the Esk Valley line, which connects Middlesbrough to the coast at Whitby, to be designated as a 'Total Transport' pilot project from next year as part of an effort to see it fulfil its potential.