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At a time when public bodies are looking to work more closely with communities to enable services to continue to be provided, a new guide has been launched that can help local people to manage the delivery of important local services. The report draws on experiences from the Active Communities project, a partnership between North Yorkshire County Council and community organisation, including RAY.

Over the past few months Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) has been developing a Rural Strategy to review the state of rural Yorkshire, highlight potential opportunities and challenges and suggest priority areas for future activity, both for us and for other organisations working in rural Yorkshire. We have been working in partnership with Humber and Wolds RCC to ensure we are able to present issues and ideas that have resonance across the whole of Yorkshire.

The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee has issued a call for evidence to inform its inquiry into the Government's proposal to privatise Royal Mail.

RAY's Nick Butterworth reports on the latest news from the Save Filey Pool campaign, which is being supported by RAY's Active Communities project.

In 2009 the North Yorkshire Strategic Partnership (NYSP)  Executive adopted the "Working Together with Communities" document to provide a framework for how statutory services should work in partnership with voluntary sector organisations and community groups. The Framework is now up for review and North Yorkshire Partnerships are seeking the views of interested parties in consultation which closes on Monday 30th September 2013.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC), which represents the interests of town, parish and community councils, is hosting a one-day conference on how local councils can help the lives and well-being of communities through leadership and service delivery. Entitled Putting Communities First: Connecting Power to Local People, the conference aims to explore the role that local councils can play in making the delivery of services and activities more relevant to their local commmunities.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC), which represents the interests of town, parish and community councils, is hosting a one-day conference on how local councils can help the lives and well-being of communities through leadership and service delivery. There will be plenary speakers and 8 topical workshops to choose from during the day.

This project has been seeking views about developing a new facility at the Beecroft Cottages in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

The Social Investment Business has announced that it has available a second tranche of funding to provide grants to community organisations, charities and town and parish councils looking to take over local services or buildings.

The campaigning organisation Local Works is offering free workshops to community groups interested in finding out more about the Sustainable Communities Act.