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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  • Charity support organisation Involve set to close - 06/10/2015 - 5:31pm

    Involve, the organisation set up over fifteen years ago to support the voluntary and community sector in Yorkshire and the Humber, has announced that it is due to close due to a lack of funding, removing a valued source of support for local charities and community groups.

  • Rural Arts Projects offer creative workshops to rural communities - 07/10/2015 - 4:35pm

    Two new projects from Thirsk-based charity Rural Arts is offering rural communities across North Yorkshire the opportunity to host an exciting series of creative workshops. The charity is looking for village halls and other venues to host the workshops over the coming months.

  • Innovative £1m hen project tackling loneliness looking to expand across Yorkshire - 01/10/2015 - 11:06am

    AN INSPIRATIONAL project linking older people with hens to combat social isolation is spreading its wings and bringing its pioneering work to Yorkshire.

  • CONSULTATION: Proposed Doncaster Agent Project - 03/09/2015 - 11:42am

    We are collecting views from the rural hinterland of Doncaster to assess the level of demand for a wider roll-out of our Community Agents work. Please submit your views by 30th September.

  • DEADLINE: 4th September - Call for Expressions of Interest for Community Bike Hub Project - 03/09/2015 - 11:12am

    Funding available of up to £13,000 to create community bike hubs across Yorkshire. Submit your expression of interest today!