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! 


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.

Community Resilience training in Helmsley - all welcome

Book now to learn all about emergency planning and learning to identify the risks in your community. Speakers from North Yorkshire County Council & the emergency services.
Helmsley Town Hall, YO62 5BL - Wednesday 8th July, 4-6pm | More info

Community Friendly Buildings: Inspiration & Information - Hambleton, Richmondshire, Whitby areas

Planning for sustainability and creating accessible spaces and services for everyone to enjoy.
Danby Wiske Village Hall, DL7 0LY, Wednesday 22nd July, 4pm - 6.30pm | More info

Rural Solutions for Living Well with Disability - Doncaster and surrounding villages

A free event bringing disability solutions to rural areas in South Yorkshire.
Masters House, High St, Braithwell, S66 7AW, Friday 14th August, 10am - 2pm | More info

Community Friendly Buildings: Showcase - North Yorkshire

Showcasing projects developed by community buildings as part of our CFB project, with ideas and information that all halls can benefit from as they plan new, sustainable and accessible services.
Middleton and Aislaby Village Hall, YO18 8PB, Saturday 15th August, 11am - 3pm | More info


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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

  • Yorkshire Villages Bring Services into Community Ownership - 30/06/2015 - 2:27pm

    Villagers in Huby and Sutton-on-the-Forest have rallied together to buy their local village shop and run it as a community benefit society, the York Press reports. Residents in the two settlements raised £52,000 to purchase the shop and post office, so that they did not have to worry about it closing down in the future.

  • News in Brief: 24th June 2015 - 24/06/2015 - 2:59pm

    New Report on National Parks and AONBs; Rural Housing Conference to take place Thursday 9th July 2015; Communities to have final say with onshore wind farms; AgeUK report into older people’s transport; BMA makes calls for fairer funding in rural areas; new report on community libraries and income generation;  new report into the pressure on charities in Yorkshire and Humber.

  • News in Brief: 16th June 2015 - 16/06/2015 - 11:12am

    DEFRA considers options for £83m saving; Neil Parish MP appointed chair of EFRA committee; Seaside Communities urged to created coastal teams; More building taking place on greenbelt land; New rules make it easier to switch broadband provider;  Charity Commission sign-posts dormant trusts; North York Moors National Trust expected to press ahead with charitable trust plan.

  • Future of Rural Life Debated at Ripon Cathedral - 16/06/2015 - 10:58am

    Rural Action Yorkshire’s chief Executive, Leah Swain, spoke alongside former MP and MEP Anne McIntosh, The Bishop of Ripon, Rt Revd James Bell and Dr. Sheila Hunter, former dean of Education at the University of Cumbria, in a debate on the future of the rural economy. The debate was part of the prestigious St. Wilfrid lecture series, held at Ripon Cathedral each year.

  • New events in June to help Community Buildings become Community Friendly - 09/06/2015 - 3:04pm

    Forthcoming events as part of Rural Action Yorkshire's Community Friendly Buildings Project are taking place later in June. The events will help those buildings who have signed up or expressed an interest in the project learn more, find out what other sources of help are available, and get one-to-one support completing grant application and monitoring forms. The events will take place on Thursday 18 June at Newby and Scalby Community Hall near Scarborough and on Tuesday 23 June at Almscliffe Hall in Huby, near Harrogate.