Active Communities

 The aim of the Active Communities programme is to prepare communities to be better able to meet their needs through local community action and reduce the impact of the withdrawal of public sector services.

RAY is currently working on the following Active Communities project:

Supporting Community Broadband Schemes


Read about previous projects:

 North Yorkshire Community Library Groups

Beecroft Cottages, Horton in Ribblesdale  

Save Filey Pool

Discover Filey


The Active Communities programme is funded by North Yorkshire County Council as part of the Performance Reward Grant.

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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.

A decision was taken by the Governors of Filey School to close the school swimming pool on 28 March 2013.  Filey Pool Action Group (FPAG) consists of volunteers from local residents who are currently challenging the decision and in the process of building a case to keep the pool open: this is their story so far.

The new Community Rights within the Localism Act give communities more control about what happens in their local area. A package of support has been put in place for each of the Community Rights:
Neighbourhood Planning–Local authorities can apply for £30,000 for each neighbourhood plan to help fund their support and pay towards the examination of plans and a local referendum. If you are thinking of undertaking a neighbourhood plan contact your local planning authority to discuss whether they are willing to apply for the funding.

Rural Action Yorkshire is holding an event for all community library groups in North Yorkshire who have been supported by the Active Communities project.

The event aims to bring groups together to review and share their experiences and knowledge gained from their individual projects over the past year, and to consider their ideas for establishing a network.

As well as space and time to meet informally, there will be workshops on:

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Consumer Focus has published a report which says that engaging with local communities and local authorities can help ensure post office services remain accessible to rural residents despite changes.

Every day the UK Parliament takes decisions which affect all aspects of our lives, but how can we become more involved in the political process?

On 23 November 2011 the Culture Media and Sport Committee launched a new inquiry into library closures.  The Committee is inviting written submissions and views on the following issues:
Rural communities need to be empowered to work together with service providers to take charge of services in their area. The Big Society is not a new concept to rural communities who already have many proactive volunteers running village shops, village halls, recreational activities and even pubs. However, if this ethos of self-support is to continue to grow it will need public sector investment. These are the conclusions in a study by the consultancy firm, Rural Innovation. Rural Action Yorkshire supports the findings.

Village SOS is hosting a series of free events to bring the benefits of community enterprise directly to you.
 Come along and be inspired by the people behind community enterprises like shops and pubs, broadband projects and transport schemes as they share their real-life experiences.

Due to the current financial climate, a significant number of libraries in South Yorkshire are earmarked for closure.  Included in this is Bawtry library in Doncaster.