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!

Please visit our new website at www.communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) and the County’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have awarded a £1.4 million grant to a joint bid from Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) and North Yorkshire & York Forum (NYYF). The money will fund support to charities, community groups and voluntary organisations across the county. To deliver the service in the most cost-effective way, RAY and NYYF have merged and formed a new charity. You can read more about the new grant and find answers to commonly asked questions about the merger on our Project Page.


Community First Yorkshire has a temporary website (see link above), but we really want to use the opportunity that the merger brings to completely redesign our online presence, incorporating all the best news, resources, services and project news from RAY and NYYF into one single, user-friendly website. You can help us plan the new site by taking our short, quick survey. Your input is greatly appreciated! Click here for the survey.


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.

Village Hall Network Meetings

Our Village Hall Networks are opportunities for those involved in running rural community buildings to get together, share their experiences and problems, hear about new resources and policy development, and explore topics of interest in more detail together. You can read more about these meetings and how to get involved on our Village Halls page.

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  • Hudswell to get new rented housing for local people - 16/03/2017 - 4:54pm

    A rural community supported by Rural Action Yorkshire's Community-Led Housing project has announced that it has secured planning permission for a new housing development to provide affordable rented housing to local people. It will be the first development of its type in North Yorkshire.

  • Warm and Well project brings warmth to over 400 homes - 21/02/2017 - 12:30pm

    Warm and Well in North Yorkshire project is celebrating its positive impact on over 400 homes.

  • Hundreds of phone boxes set to be closed in rural Yorkshire - 07/11/2016 - 1:11pm

    BT is currently consulting on the proposed removal of hundreds of its phone boxes from a number of locations across our regions. Consultations are being managed by each local authority, and views on the proposed list of removals are being sought. Communities are also being given the chance to adopt a phone box and convert it to other uses such as housing a defibrillator or hosting a micro-library.