Welcome to Rural Action Yorkshire

We are a charity working with communities across Yorkshire to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work there. We provide a voice for rural communities to ensure they receive access to services that will keep them vibrant and viable.

We aim to ensure that rural issues and 'the rural voice' are recognised, acknowledged, and addressed at all levels of government. To communities we offer support, training, events and resources on everything affecting life in a rural area. This can range from sourcing funding to attracting volunteers, or running a community building to writing a business plan. Whatever area you need help with, get in touch today to find out how RAY can help you! 


We currently have a range of grants available across Yorkshire for rural communities. Grants of £250 are available per group to set up new projects, activities, schemes, or in some cases to make supplementary purchases which will improve existing schemes. The latest grant and funding information is always available here, on our Twitter homepage, and also via our monthly eBulletin. Find out more.


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.

Energy Switching Sessions in Harrogate - free and open to all

Free help with saving money and switching energy suppliers, as well as tips on energy efficiency and myth-busting.
Knaresborough Library, Wednesday 27th May, 10am-1pm | More info 
Pannal Village Hall, Wednesday 10th June, call for more information.

Village SOS underway across the nation: 

Check out the website below to find support, resources, and more information on signing up!

Village SOS seeks to make communities more enterprising, and assist you to reinvent and reinvigorate existing services.


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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

  • Consultation on the Future of North Yorkshire Bus Services - 19/05/2015 - 4:43pm

    North Yorkshire County Council has introduced changes to its contracted services in April 2014 to reduce the amount spent on subsidising bus services in North Yorkshire.

  • News In Brief: 14th May 2015 - 14/05/2015 - 12:39pm

    Rural conference to discuss effective health services; New mental health project in Hambleton to mark mental health week; Elizabeth Truss MP reappointed to lead DEFRA; Greg Clark MP new minister at DCLG; New Devolution Bill; Campaigning for fair funding for rural areas. 

  • Report Highlights Lack of Affordable Housing in Rural Communities - 12/05/2015 - 12:01pm

    People who live and work in the countryside face a bigger battle than ever to afford their own home, according to a report by the Rural Housing Policy Review Group published in February. The research also highlights that North Yorkshire is one of the least affordable areas to live in the country.

  • Village hall advisers stage event in Stratford - 07/05/2015 - 2:02pm
    The dedicated band of specialist advisers who support England’s 10,000 rural village halls are holding their annual training event in Stratford-Upon-Avon next month.

  • News In Brief: 7th May 2015 - 07/05/2015 - 11:34am

    Planning progresses on new potash mine in North Yorkshire; Small scale food producers initiative; Grouse moor management commended; Rural broadband emerges as an election issue; Supreme court orders action on Yorkshire air pollution; Competition to find great chefs of gamey dishes; report from Involve Yorkshire & Humber reveals effect of welfare reforms; Duke of York's Community Initiative seeking applicants for award.