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.

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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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  • Jobs - 16/04/2014 - 5:10pm

    Whenever we've got a new opportunity at Rural Action Yorkshire, you'll be the first to know.  We advertise our jobs on this page, along with recruitment packs and application forms. Please complete all relevant forms from the attachments found in each vacancy.


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  • New programme of support for community services from North Yorkshire council - 15/04/2014 - 3:25pm

    Despite signs of recovery in the economy, the public sector is facing many more years of austerity due to widespread funding reductions. In North Yorkshire this means the County Council will have to make a total £168m in savings against a starting budget of £500m and this will make significant changes to the way they operate. They will not be able to continue to deliver some of the services they have traditionally provided. In the future North Yorkshire County Council plans to be a smaller council giving strong leadership on issues which are important to the people of North Yorkshire, enabling and supporting others to deliver for themselves.

  • Help RAY stop flood prevention cash draining away - 26/03/2014 - 4:15pm

    Last month Rural Action Yorkshire attended the Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network Water Summit, where representatives of the agriculture, business and community sectors across Yorkshire got together with government bodies, academics and others to hear what the challenges facing Yorkshire are in terms of dealing with too much water, something very pertinent after the winter we've had, and also dealing with too little water. RAY is now working to collate evidence about the impact of poor water management on the communities we work with and we would love to hear from you.

  • PRESS RELEASE: RAY launches Big Skill Share - 24/03/2014 - 3:10pm

    Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) has launched a new drive to encourage more people to share skills with neighbours, friends and those who may be more isolated in their community.  The Rural Skill Share is inviting people to pledge some time and know-how, whether this is ten minutes, or something more regular, to support someone learn something new such as emailing a photograph, or changing a fuse.  RAY believes each person who signs up has the potential to make a really positive impact on those they help.

  • Calderdale Council votes to reduce rate relief for charities - 12/03/2014 - 5:37pm

    Calderdale Council and Cabinet has recently voted to approve a report which recommended reducing the amount of Discretionary Rate Relief provided to charities, in response to changes in the support provided by central Government to local councils who provide business rate relief. The changes are expected to save the council over £50,000 a year when they come into effect from April 2015.