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.

We aim to ensure that rural issues and 'the rural voice' are recognised, acknowledged, and addressed at all levels of government. To communities we offer support, training, events and resources on everything affecting life in a rural area. This can range from sourcing funding to attracting volunteers, or running a community building to writing a business plan. Whatever area you need help with, get in touch today to find out how RAY can help you! 


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.

Events for the Kirklees Two Valley and Huddersfield area on Funding and Dementia

- Funding Advice: Do's & Don'ts - Tips & Tricks
Wednesday 15th April, 10am-12pm, at Meltham Carlile Institute | More info

Village SOS underway across the nation: 

Check out the website below to find support, resources, and more information on signing up!

Village SOS seeks to make communities more enterprising, and assist you to reinvent and reinvigorate existing services.


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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

  • Good Neighbour Schemes to be launched across North Yorkshire - 31/03/2015 - 2:59pm
    Good Neighbour schemes are to improve access to services for people in rural North Yorkshire, the Rural Services Network Reports. 
  • ACRE Release New guide which aims to protect communities from flooding - 26/03/2015 - 10:23am

    A free, practical guide to help rural communities protect themselves from flooding has been launched by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

  • News in Brief: 24th March 2015 - 24/03/2015 - 11:16am

    News for charities in the budget; new policy for supporting development in seaside and coastal areas; money for community transport scheme in Hambleton district; guidance from community matters on bad trustees; Charity Commission seeks views on its Charity Search tool; 52 Things Family History Project in the News.

  • News in Brief: 17th March 2015 - 17/03/2015 - 4:03pm

    New appointments by DEFRA for management boards of National Parks and AONB; Rural Services Network analysis on how the next government can "think rural"; raising of the audit threshold for charities; local consultations from Wakefield District Council; BIS Select Committee warning on Rural Postal Services; Consultation response on homes which are hard to heat. 

  • Village SOS campaign ready to get rural projects off the ground - 12/03/2015 - 11:53am

    Rural residents who want make a real difference in their community are being urged to sign up to the Village SOS campaign.