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.


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.


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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Editor's Choice

  • Urgent help needed: Wheldrake Village Hall roof damage - 21/12/2015 - 11:34am

    This week Wheldrake Village Hall lost its roof in the storms. Their group of volunteers is now really stretched trying to tackle the practical side of their crisis and need to urgently raise funds to get the roof put back on so the hall can be used again. Imagine if this happened in your community? Read on to find out how you can help.

  • Musical Memories in Ryedale - new project resource - 23/02/2016 - 11:44am

    Rural Action Yorkshire is delighted to announce that it is working with Ruth and Neil Hannah of Musical Memories to offer free social singing sessions in community buildings across the Ryedale district. Musical Memories sessions provide local residents, especially older people, the opportunity to get together in a social setting, make new friends, reminisce about past times, and even get some exercise! They also provide those who care for an older person a great chance either for a break or to take part in an activity with the person they care for outside of the home.

  • News in Brief 17 November 2015 - 18/11/2015 - 4:05pm

    The latest round-up of news, policy, consultations and other developments affecting rural Yorkshire.

  • RAY annual conference and AGM: Urban chatter makes way for the rural voice - 17/11/2015 - 6:24pm

    RURAL communities took centre stage at an event organised by Rural Action Yorkshire last month, attended by MPs, the Bishop of Ripon, and charity and voluntary sector professionals.

  • New data website offer help to North Yorks Parish Councils - 17/11/2015 - 3:53pm

    A new website, Data North Yorkshire, has been launched by a partnership of local authorities and other organisations. As well as offering a one-stop-shop for all sorts of useful data on a wide range of subjects, the website also offers Parish Councils the opportunity to meet new transparency regulations without having to set up their own website.