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!


Wheldrake Village Hall, who were already fundraising to repair their roof, have been hit hard by the high winds last week. Their roof has now been lost altogether, forcing local community groups to cancel vital fundraising events in the run-up to Christmas, and depriving the local community of a vital resource. Can you help by sharing the news or donating to their fundraising appeal? Click here to find out more and discover how you can help.


We are looking for volunteers to set up Good Neighbours schemes in their local area. Hands-on support and grants of £300 from RAY to get schemes going and begin helping those who need it most. Express interest by email or call us to find out more. More information 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.


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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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  • Urgent help needed: Wheldrake Village Hall roof damage - 23/11/2015 - 11:27am

    This week Wheldrake Village Hall lost its roof in the storms. Their group of volunteers is now really stretched trying to tackle the practical side of their crisis and need to urgently raise funds to get the roof put back on so the hall can be used again. Imagine if this happened in your community? Read on to find out how you can help.

  • Musical Memories in Ryedale - new project resource - 18/11/2015 - 3:55pm

    Rural Action Yorkshire is delighted to announce that it is working with Ruth and Neil Hannah of Musical Memories to offer free music memories sessions to community buildings across the Ryedale district. Musical Memories sessions provide local residents, especially older people, the opportunity to get together in a social setting, make new friends, reminisce about past times, and even get some exercise! They also provide those who care for an older person a great chance either for a break or to take part in an activity with the person they care for outside of the home.

  • News in Brief 17 November 2015 - 18/11/2015 - 3:05pm

    The latest round-up of news, policy, consultations and other developments affecting rural Yorkshire.

  • RAY annual conference and AGM: Urban chatter makes way for the rural voice - 17/11/2015 - 5:24pm

    RURAL communities took centre stage at an event organised by Rural Action Yorkshire last month, attended by MPs, the Bishop of Ripon, and charity and voluntary sector professionals.

  • New data website offer help to North Yorks Parish Councils - 17/11/2015 - 2:53pm

    A new website, Data North Yorkshire, has been launched by a partnership of local authorities and other organisations. As well as offering a one-stop-shop for all sorts of useful data on a wide range of subjects, the website also offers Parish Councils the opportunity to meet new transparency regulations without having to set up their own website.