About us

About us

About Community First Yorkshire

Community First Yorkshire is an influential, regional body which works with voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and rural communities across North, South and West Yorkshire. We are an independent charity formed from a merger between Rural Action Yorkshire and the North Yorkshire & York Forum.

Supporting communities • Inspiring Action • Representing you

Whether you are a large or small group or organisation, we are your first port of call if you need practical support – we can help with everything from governance and funding through to strategic planning and community engagement.  If we cannot help you we will be able to signpost you to someone who can.

Community Support & Volunteering

In North Yorkshire we are funded by North Yorkshire County Council and NHS North Yorkshire to offer voluntary and community groups advice and support. We provide information for people wanting to volunteer and help organisations wishing to recruit and manage volunteers. We also represent the voluntary and community sector to key stakeholders and work with the sector to amplify their voice on subjects that matter to them.

In South and West Yorkshire we work alongside other support agencies to ensure groups are referred to sources of advice and support.

Our projects

We are funded by various partners to run a number of projects across North, South and West Yorkshire.

Community Buildings and Parish Councils

Community First Yorkshire can offer community buildings and parish councils a variety of help – from support and advice to direct consultancy work or neighbourhood and community-led planning.

We host events throughout the year aimed at encouraging village halls, community centres, organisations and parish councils to network and co-operate with one another to reach mutual goals. This could be the collaborative sharing of ideas, initiatives, information or contacts. By participating in our networking events, you can get the best answer to your questions quickly and easily, directly from volunteers and organisations in the same boat.

Community Building Networks in North Yorkshire

Our Community Building Networks (open to all community run venues) are opportunities for those involved in running rural community buildings to get together, share their experiences and problems, hear about new resources and policy development, and explore topics of interest in more detail together. To find out more information, please visit our website

Community Buildings Google Group

If you are based in North, South or West Yorkshire why not join our Village Hall Google Group 

Become a member of Community First Yorkshire

Support from our members helps us to continue enabling and empowering voluntary organisations, community buildings, social enterprises and Parish Councils with practical support and gives you a voice that is heard by policy makers and service providers on a local, regional and national scale.

We’re here to help your organisation or project to succeed. Our membership packages have been designed to offer you the support you need to make a difference in your North, South or West Yorkshire community. To find out more information, please see our website