North Yorkshire Rural Voice

The Lottery-funded North Yorkshire Rural Voice project was a partnership initiative developed by the former Rural Working Group.

Rural Voice ran for four years from October 2009 to September 2013 and was a partnership between eight infrastructure organisations working across the county. It aimed to provide support, help communities improve their influence in highlighting rural policy issues and strengthen how infrastructure organisations deliver services together.

For more information about the project contact Rural Action Yorkshire at


Sources of support

Although the project has now finished, there are still sources of support available for (rural) community groups and organisations.

Marketing support

· Download our Marketing Toolkit

Community buildings support

· Join our Google group to connect you with other people who manage similar buildings, share information and advice and exchange surplus equipment.

· Add your building to the Yorkshire Venues website. Contact for more information about both. It's a great way to advertise your venue spaces for family celebrations, business meetings, or even a wedding reception.

News and information

· Sign up to our e-bulletin, look at our Rural News page or follow us on twitter @RuralYorkshire

Join RAY

· You will receive access to more resources by becoming a member of Rural Action Yorkshire, find out more at


District based support

The Rural Voice project partners can provide support, including funding and accountancy advice, at a local level:


· Craven: Craven Council for Voluntary Service

T: 01535 634 588  /  E:


· Harrogate: Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service

T: 01423 504074 (Harrogate) / 01765 603631 (Ripon)  /  E:


· Hambleton: Northallerton and District Voluntary Services Association

T: 01609 780458  / E:


· Richmondshire: Richmondshire Council for Voluntary Service:

T: 01748 822537  /  E:


· Ryedale: Ryedale Voluntary Action

T: 01653 600120  /  E:


· Scarborough: Seachange

T: 01723 362205  /  E:


· York Racial Equality Network – specialist BME support

T: 01904 642600  /  E:


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This course is for voluntary and community groups and is offered by the Rural Voice Project

Rural Action Yorkshire had a busy few months attending the shows and markets around North Yorkshire.  Even though it was summer the shows and markets were a great place to meet people and chat about how they heat their homes and how we at RAY can help them to reduce heating costs and save energy. 

Enter your village hall into the competition and we may see you there!

We are delighted to be sponsoring part of the Ryedale Rural Community Awards.  

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In January 1897, the Rev. James Cooke, Vicar of Muker in Swaledale, chaired a public meeting in the village institute which decided to form a brass band to mark Queen Victoria's impending Diamond Jubilee. A working committee, consisting mainly of local farmers, raised £52 by public subscription to establish the band. They purchased a set of second-hand instruments, and hired the leader of the neighbouring Gunnerside band to teach the novice bandsmen to play. Four months later, the Band played its first public performance in the village market place.
Grow it, cook it, compost it was the theme of the Good Life event which was aimed at promoting self sufficiency and reducing food miles and was jointly organised by RAY and Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
There was an opportunity to find the answers on a wide range of questions including how to deal with a glut of courgettes to which is the best type of manure, from an expert panel including John Foxton, Garden Centre Manager at Castle Howard,  John Brown Recycling Officer at Ryedale District Councillor and local cook Wendy Berriman.

This is the second Good Life event, organised by RAY with NDVSA and AONB.  
We're planning an entertaining and informative afternoon on wildlife gardening and self-sufficiency, growing and cooking, composting.

This event is still growing and is perfect for all ages wanting to learn more about the Good Life. Best of all- entry is FREE!
  • Meet the experts
  • Browse the displays
  • Have a go
  • Enjoy refreshments
  • Buy some produce to take home.
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