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!


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.

Village Hall Networking Event - Hambleton+ Area

Saturday 3rd October, 10.00am - 12.00pm, Husthwaite Village Hall, YO61 4PY
Come along to the latest of Rural Action Yorkshire's regular series of village hall network meetings. Submit your topics to Kathryn for discussion on the day. Refreshments provided | More info.

'Rural Matters' - Rural Action Yorkshire's Annual Conference & AGM - open to all

Saturday 24th October, 9.30am - 1.30pm, East Keswick Village Hall, LS17 9DA
Come along to engage with and influence rural debate. MPs will be in attendance for a Q&A session, followed by workshops and networking. An ideal chance for those with a rural interest to participate in discussion and the chance to hear rural voices. Please find more information here. Official poster can be downloaded here.

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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

  • Final Community Friendly Building event a great success! - 25/08/2015 - 3:21pm

    The final event of our Community Friendly Buildings project was held on Saturday 15 August 2015 at Middleton and Aislaby Village Hall in Ryedale. Its aim was to bring community buildings who had taken part in the CFB project together to share their experiences and to find out further sources of support to keep their new activity going beyond the end of the CFB project. Community Buildings who had not been part of the CFB project were also welcome to attend to get some ideas about activity that they could try.

  • News in Brief: 25th August 2015 - 25/08/2015 - 1:24pm

    Government publishes new rural productivity plan; Event to inspire new rural businesses in Harrogate next month;  Rural Services Network calls for start home planning changes; Charity Commission invites public to its annual meeting.

  • Buddy and neighbour schemes reach the most isolated in rural areas - 20/08/2015 - 3:07pm

    GOOD neighbour and community buddy schemes are providing much-needed support and comfort to rural residents in North Yorkshire.

  • Residents fight back against the cost of rural living - 20/08/2015 - 2:59pm

    Pockets of resistance to the increasing cost of living are being formed across rural parts of Yorkshire, in particular in the areas of fuel and energy.

  • News in Brief: 18th August 2015 - 18/08/2015 - 11:08am

    High court ruling on affordable housing; Key findings releases from English Housing Survey; Fracking applications to be fast tracked;  Millions of pounds made available for rural SMEs;  New discussion paper on the future of rural; Survey shows rural workers wasting days  due to slow broadband; Consultation on Sunday trading.