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!

Please visit our new website at www.communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) and the County’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have awarded a £1.4 million grant to a joint bid from Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) and North Yorkshire & York Forum (NYYF). The money will fund support to charities, community groups and voluntary organisations across the county. To deliver the service in the most cost-effective way, RAY and NYYF have merged and formed a new charity. You can read more about the new grant and find answers to commonly asked questions about the merger on our Project Page.

HELP US DESIGN OUR NEW WEBSITE

Community First Yorkshire has a temporary website (see link above), but we really want to use the opportunity that the merger brings to completely redesign our online presence, incorporating all the best news, resources, services and project news from RAY and NYYF into one single, user-friendly website. You can help us plan the new site by taking our short, quick survey. Your input is greatly appreciated! Click here for the survey.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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.

Village Hall Network Meetings

Our Village Hall Networks are opportunities for those involved in running rural community buildings to get together, share their experiences and problems, hear about new resources and policy development, and explore topics of interest in more detail together. You can read more about these meetings and how to get involved on our Village Halls page.

 
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  • News in Brief 3 August 2016 - 03/08/2016 - 5:41pm

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

  • Families urged to come forward for help with winter bills - 02/08/2016 - 2:34pm

    ONE-OFF GRANTS are available to families and individuals on low incomes in the run-up to winter. More than 20 energy companies offer the Warm Home Discount scheme, which gives eligible customers a one-off grant towards their electricity bill or prepayment meter during the winter. Schemes are set to open from around August time, and the payment is expected to remain the same as previous years at £140.

  • News in Brief 1 August 2016 - 01/08/2016 - 4:08pm

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

  • New in Brief 23 June 2016 - 23/06/2016 - 5:25pm

    The latest news, views and more from around rural Yorkshire or that have an impact on charities and community groups in our area.

  • Voice of Village Halls to be heard again - 23/06/2016 - 12:53pm

    A new online voice for the 10,000 village and community halls has been launched by Rural Action Yorkshire's parent organisation, the national charity ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). The National Village and Community Halls Network will take over the role of the National Village Halls Forum and act as a reference group enabling the grass roots expertise of knowledgeable village and community hall trustees, volunteers and councillors to feed into meetings with MPs, Government departments and Consultation responses.