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 in the future. Whatever area you need help with, get in touch today to find out how RAY can help you!

New Edition of RAY News out now!

The latest edition of our email newsletter RAY News is on its way to subscribers! If you aren't signed up to get your copy you can read it here. You can make sure you get all future editions by clicking the eBulleting subscription button below.


Events organised by RAY will be posted here. 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.

Howardian Hills AONB Photo Competition

In partnership with the Howardian Hills AONB and some generous sponsors, we're helping organise a photo competition with some great prizes, to showcase the life, work and landscape of this beautiful patch of Yorkshire. Check out our HHAONB Project Page for full details.

Village Hall Network Meetings

Meetings are coming up in late summer / autumn in Ryedale, Hambleton and Richmondshire Districts. New Village Hall Networks are currently being set up in Scarborough and Harrogate Districts. You can read more about these meetings and how to get involved on our Village Halls page.

Confirmed Meetings:

Ryedale+ Village Hall Network, Tuesday 11 October, Foxholes Village Hall

Hambleton+ Village Hall Network, Saturday 29 October, Kirkby Fleetham Village Hall

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Editor's Choice

  • News in Brief 3 August 2016 - 03/08/2016 - 5:41pm

    The latest edition of our regular News in Brief, with news, views, consultations and policy developments of interest to rural communities in our region.

  • Families urged to come forward for help with winter bills - 02/08/2016 - 2:34pm

    ONE-OFF GRANTS are available to families and individuals on low incomes in the run-up to winter. More than 20 energy companies offer the Warm Home Discount scheme, which gives eligible customers a one-off grant towards their electricity bill or prepayment meter during the winter. Schemes are set to open from around August time, and the payment is expected to remain the same as previous years at £140.

  • News in Brief 1 August 2016 - 01/08/2016 - 4:08pm

    The latest edition of our regular News in Brief, with news, views, consultations and policy developments of interest to rural communities in our region.

  • New in Brief 23 June 2016 - 23/06/2016 - 5:25pm

    The latest news, views and more from around rural Yorkshire or that have an impact on charities and community groups in our area.

  • Voice of Village Halls to be heard again - 23/06/2016 - 12:53pm

    A new online voice for the 10,000 village and community halls has been launched by Rural Action Yorkshire's parent organisation, the national charity ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). The National Village and Community Halls Network will take over the role of the National Village Halls Forum and act as a reference group enabling the grass roots expertise of knowledgeable village and community hall trustees, volunteers and councillors to feed into meetings with MPs, Government departments and Consultation responses.