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! 


Defra (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has confirmed that it will maintain its investment of £2.3m in the ACRE Network and to Rural Community Councils across England for 2015/16. 

This is great news for Rural Action Yorkshire and the nationwide network of 38 Rural Community Councils. We want to thank everyone who showed their support for rural communities and the work that we do. We have been really touched by the messages of support and the stories we have been sent about how RAY’s staff have supported rural communities over the years. More to follow...


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 

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.

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

- Funding Advice: Do's & Don'ts - Tips & Tricks

Tuesday 10th February, 10am-12pm, at Longwood Mechanics Institute | More info
Wednesday 15th April, 10am-12pm, at Meltham Carlile Institute | More info

- Dementia Friendly Communities and Businesses workshops
Saturday 14th March, 10am-12pm, Slaithwaite Community Centre | More info
Saturday 21st March, 10am-12pm, Honley Village Hall | More info

Keep Calm and focus on Community Resilience

Thursday 26 February 2015, 4pm - 6pm, Victoria Hall, Settle

Join us for a practical and exciting session which will help your community become more resilient in bad weather and emergencies through preparing an emergency plan. Guest speakers from emergency services and North Yorkshire County Council. 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.

Editor's Choice

  • News in Brief - 23/12/2014 - 4:26pm

    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.

  • News in Brief: 23 December 2014 - 23/12/2014 - 4:24pm

    UK Broadband strategy criticised; donate unwanted Winter Fuel Payments; Planning Policy framework welcomed in new report; have your say in new consultations; Ripon group need help to open new Community Hall; and more!

  • 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.