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!


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 will be set up over the coming months across our region, including at new Village Hall Networks 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.

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  • 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.

  • Influential new govt body launches first report on fuel poverty - 05/10/2016 - 3:53pm

    The Committee on Fuel Poverty, a new government advisory group established earlier this year to help reduce fuel poverty, has published its first report. In it the Committee identifies six key outcomes that need to be reached in order to achieve the government's fuel poverty reduction targets, and makes a total of fifteen initial recommendations as to what actions need to be taken over the coming years.

  • New proposals may see public votes to increase parish council precepts - 05/10/2016 - 2:57pm

    New proposals may see parish and town councils forced to hold public ballots if they wish to increase their precepts by more than 2%.

  • News in Brief 28 September 2016 - 28/09/2016 - 4:45pm

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


  • Charities gear up for winter round two - 26/09/2016 - 1:03pm

    CHARITIES AND ORGANISATIONS working to improve affordable warmth are getting ready for their second winter as part of Warm and Well in North Yorkshire.

    All of the organisations taking part in the project are experts in fuel poverty and at improving cold homes, but this is their second winter working together under the ‘Warm and Well’ joint initiative.