South Yorkshire Rural Network


We support rural groups in South Yorkshire through our network meetings and events.  Groups can also get involved through our Facebook page.

RAY believes that networks are crucial to the survival of community groups who often face isolation due to their rural location.  By working together, they can help to identify their support needs, including advice on funding, governance, property management and financial management.  The networks will also ensure these groups are aware of what is available.  

Being involved with the network will strengthen RAY’s voice with local authorities and other public service providers, by identifying challenges such as access to services, rural isolation and the economic down-turn. 

This project is supported by Lottery funding and is a partnership with:
Doncaster CVS
South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau
Together for Regeneration
Voluntary Action Barnsley
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Voluntary Action Sheffield

For more information and to get involved please contact

Barnsley and Doncaster: Melanie Swanwick on 01226 320120 or 07757 639929

Rotherham and Sheffield: Tina Chamberlain on 07963 533675

Join us at www.facebook.com/RAY.SYRN

 

Come along to one of our Network meetings.  These are free and often include a short training session.  They are a chance to meet our partners for advice and network with other local groups like yours.  

We advertise dates online and appreciate any help with downloading and displaying posters on your noticeboards.

 

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‘Survival Skills for Community Groups beyond 2012’

South Yorkshire Rural Network Project FREE event for community groups and voluntary and community organisations.

Come along and find out about the support we can offer and get free training and advice to help your project or group survive and prosper.

The event will include helpful training workshops on:

·Sources of funding available to community groups

·Information about local projects
‘Survival Skills for Community Groups beyond 2012’

South Yorkshire Rural Network Project FREE event for community groups and voluntary and community organisations.

Come along and find out about the support we can offer and get free training and advice to help your project or group survive and prosper.

The event will include helpful training workshops on:

‘Survival Skills for Community Groups beyond 2012’

South Yorkshire Rural Network Project FREE event for community groups and voluntary and community organisations!!

Come along and find out about the support we can offer and get free training and advice to help your project or group survive and prosper!

The event will include helpful training workshops on:

‘Survival Skills for Community Groups beyond 2012’

South Yorkshire Rural Network Project FREE event for community groups and voluntary and community organisations!!

Come along and find out about the support we can offer and get free training and advice to help your project or group survive and prosper!

The event will include helpful training workshops on:

Free training on Localism for communities and Parishes in Doncaster!

As part of the South Yorkshire Rural Network, Rural Action Yorkshire is offering a free workshop providing training and advice on the Localism Act, Community Rights and Neighbourhood Planning. It will provide an opportunity for groups to find out more about the new powers, how it might affect rural communities and discuss the issues for your local area.

The workshop is aimed at community groups, local Councillors and voluntary and community organisations, and will cover:

As part of the South Yorkshire Rural Network, Rural Action Yorkshire is offering a free workshop providing training and advice on the Localism Act, Community Rights and Neighbourhood Planning.  It will provide an opportunity for groups to find out more about the new powers, how it might affect rural communities and discuss the issues for your local area. 
 
The workshop is aimed at community groups, local Councillors and voluntary and community organisations, and will cover:

As part of the South Yorkshire Rural Network, Rural Action Yorkshire is offering a free workshop providing training and advice on the Localism Act, Community Rights and Neighbourhood Planning. It will provide an opportunity for groups to find out more about the new powers, how it might affect rural communities and discuss the issues for your local area.

The workshop is aimed at community groups, local Councillors and voluntary and community organisations, and will cover:

*Free Localism workshop for communities, groups and local councillors in Sheffield!* As part of the South Yorkshire Rural Network, Rural Action Yorkshire is offering a free workshop providing training and advice on the Localism Act, Community Rights and Neighbourhood Planning.  It will provide an opportunity for groups to find out more about the new powers, how it might affect rural communities and discuss the issues for your local area.    The workshop is aimed at community groups, local Councillors and voluntary and community organisations, and will cover: * Introducti


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Are you interested in being part of a local rural community buildings network?
 

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The judges were particularly impressed with her work on housing and justice in planning. Lucy received her award at the RTPI Planning Awards ceremony in London on 23 February 2012.

Attend this free event to find out more about Localism and what it all means for community groups and your local area.

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