Welcome to Rural Action Yorkshire

We can help you to make your rural community a better place to live and work in. Rural Action Yorkshire supports community groups to tackle new projects, keeps you informed about new developments and raises awareness of important issues affecting rural areas.

Whether you're interested in saving money on heating oil, learning about the Localism Act or getting the latest rural news, this website can give you the current picture and useful resources, guides and templates for you to use in your community.


We are looking to recruit a Project Coordinator for an exciting new Community Transport Scheme in the Doncaster area. The Space for You project will look into developing a scheme to match isolated individuals without transport of their own with spare car seats in the business trips people make every day. The post is part time (initially 21 hours per week with potential to increase to 28 hours depending on future funding) and is a fixed-term contract from January to October 2015. The salary is £25,440 pro rata. Check out the job advert for full details and an application pack.


We'll list details of forthcoming Rural Action Yorkshire events here, or you can see them in the Dates for Your Diary section on the left of any page on this website. 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.

Ryedale Village Hall Networking

Wednesday 11 February 2015, 10:00am - 1:00pm, Hovingham Village Hall

An opportunity to discuss and exchange experiences on all sorts of practical issues on running a village hall. You are particularly welcome if you would like to find out more about our Community Friendly Buildings project. Full details.

Creating Community Friendly Buildings - Hambleton, Richmondshire + Whitby

Saturday 21 February 2015, 10.00am - 2.00pm, Kirkby Fleetham Village Hall

Sessions include: how to attract more volunteers and participants, making your building more accessible, and dementia awareness. Share experiences with others and make use of a Q&A with an expert panel. Full details.


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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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  • News in Brief - 08/12/2014 - 4:01pm

    Use the links below to find a handy digest of some of the latest developments in news and policy that affect rural communities and those who work with them.

  • Rural Services Network launches Rural Manifesto - 11/12/2014 - 12:03pm

    The Rural Services Network, a coalition of 260 member organisations, has published a comprehensive Manifesto for Rural England, calling on the next Government to take on a programme of action which would address the needs of rural communities across all departments and not leave it to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs alone.

  • CONSULTATION: Plan to raise thresholds for independent charity audit - 11/12/2014 - 10:30am

    The Cabinet Office has launched a consultation on proposals to increase charity auditing thresholds to reduce regulatory burdens on medium-sized charities. The deadline for responses to the consultation is Tuesday 27 January 2015.

  • Community Connect project starts using new app, appeals for unwanted iPads to be donated - 04/12/2014 - 1:45pm

    Rural Action Yorkshire's Doncaster Community Connect Project has started delivering new tablets loaded with an innovative app to older people in the Doncaster area. The specially designed app is breaking new ground in helping people with no or few digital skills or experience stay in touch with their friends and families, receive reminders and prompts from carers and community agents, and learn new digital skills.

  • CONSULTATION: Plans to modernise Parish-wide votes - 04/12/2014 - 10:32am

    The Government has published plans to introduce new regulations governing how Parish polls are held. Parish polls are a non-binding means by which all voters in a Parish can express their opinion on a matter raised at a Parish meeting, but the Government is concerned that aspects of how polls are currently carried out are outdated. It is seeking views from interested parties on its proposals in a consultation that ends on Friday 30 January 2015.