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Thanks to funding from Sheffield FUSE, Transforming Rotherham Infrastructure Services (TRIS) and Transform Leeds Development Fund voluntary and community groups in Sheffield, Rotherham and Leeds can now benefit from free listing on the Yorkshire Venues website.

The North Yorkshire Rural Voice project to develop community halls and buildings networks continues to be well received.

GRANTS are available for communities in Craven district and rural Bradford to see through the winter months and alleviate problems that come with living in a rural area.

Fairytale, fun, or fantastic scenery: Venues website helps brides find perfect location.

Couples getting married in North Yorkshire have welcomed a new website which gives information about rural venues across the area, including fantastic village halls which boast picturesque local churches and stunning scenery.

Free Community Building Training

Do you look after a village hall or community building in North Yorkshire? As part of the Rural Voice project we are running five free training sessions in September covering:

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.

Rural Action Yorkshire is delighted to announce that nominations for the 2013 Ryedale Rural Awards, organised in conjuntion with Ryedale Voluntary Action, are now open! Prizes will be awarded in a total of six categories, with a £250 cash prize for the winner of each category.

Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service are carrying out a research project into food poverty and emergency food providers in North Yorkshire.

The Government has launched a consultation seeking views on the proposed deregulation of planning laws to permit faster development of infrastructure associated with mobile broadband. The consultation closes on 14th June 2013.

The Yorkshire and North East Rural Farming Network is inviting community groups from rural and farming communities across Yorkshire to a meeting with representatives from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to discuss the future of funding for rural development programmes.