The aim of this page is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the self-empowerment of community agency networks (CANs) and community groups across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Yorkshire country side, May 2009. Attribution: Gpmg
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Networks, sustainability initiatives and community involvement[edit | edit source]

The Way We Do Things Around Here
Authors: Kirklees Democracy, Jul 5, 2022
East Marsh Community
Authors: Ethex, Mar 8, 2022
We Make Our Places What They Are
Authors: Kirklees Democracy, Oct 13, 2021

Visions[edit | edit source]

Town Anywhere
Authors: Town Anywhere
Date: 2024-02-24

Commons[edit | edit source]

Climate action[edit | edit source]

We are South Yorkshire Climate Alliance!
Authors: South Yorkshire Climate Alliance, Oct 4, 2021
  • South Yorkshire Climate Alliance, "alliance of local organisations and individuals who are pressing for fair and effective action to tackle the climate and nature emergencies." added 13:59, 11 October 2022 (UTC)

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Friends of Skipwith Common - Rivelin Valley Conservation Group - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - Yorkshire Nature Triangle

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

  • Care4Air, South Yorskshire Clean Air Campaign

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Ancient woodland restoration - Yorkshire, Woodland Trust
Authors: The Woodland Trust, Oct 1, 2019
  • Long Lands Common, added 16:19, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
  • South Yorkshire Forest, partnership initiative started in 1991 and closed in 2016. From its inception to its closure, SYFP planted over 1 million trees. W

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]

Hambleton Community Action, Northallerton

Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]



Community energy[edit | edit source]


York Community Energy

Community safety[edit | edit source]


Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Ecoversity, University of Bradford

Food activism[edit | edit source]


Housing[edit | edit source]

YorSpace - a Community Led Homes success story
Authors: Community Led Homes, Dec 10, 2019
  • YorSpace, bringing a fairer kind of housing to York, added 07:54, 7 March 2023 (UTC)

Land activism[edit | edit source]

Localism[edit | edit source]

  • Supporting community business in Yorkshire and the Humber,, added 11:45, 13 November 2021 (UTC)
  • Yorkshire Party, building a stronger Yorkshire in a fairer UK

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Holmfirth Repair Cafe
Authors: Kirklees Democracy, Nov 8, 2022

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

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For multiple deprivation in England, measured by the Indices of deprivation 2007, the most deprived council districts in the region are, in descending order – Kingston upon Hull (11th in England), Bradford (32nd), Doncaster (41st), Barnsley (43rd), North East Lincolnshire (49th), Sheffield (63rd), Wakefield (66th), Rotherham (68th), Kirklees (82nd), Leeds (85th), and Scarborough (97th). These areas are mostly represented by Labour MPs, with a few Conservative MPs representing parts of Leeds (with a Lib Dem MP) and North East Lincolnshire, and all of Scarborough. Apart from Scarborough, they are unitary authorities.

The least deprived districts are, in descending order – Harrogate, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Craven, and Selby – all in North Yorkshire. Like all of North Yorkshire, they are represented by Conservative MPs, aside from Selby which elected a Labour MP at the 2023 Selby and Ainsty by-election. At county level, the least deprived areas are, in descending order – North Yorkshire, York and the East Riding of Yorkshire which all have roughly the same level of deprivation, and lower than the majority of England, including Cheshire and Northamptonshire.

The region as a whole is one of the more deprived in England, measured by having far more Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) in the 20% most deprived districts than the 20% least deprived districts.

Kingston upon Hull has the highest proportion of people not in education, employment or training NEETs in the region (and fairly high for the UK – 10.6%). This is another demographic extreme it shares with Knowsley in Merseyside.

In March 2011 the region had the third highest overall unemployment claimant count in England with 4.4%. For the region, Hull has the highest rate with 7.8% which is the highest for any English district; North East Lincolnshire is next with 6.4%, and Doncaster has 5.2%. Richmondshire has the lowest rate with 1.8% and Harrogate is next lowest with 1.9%.

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

  • i-Travel York, (iTY) programme to encourage greater use of sustainable and active modes of travel (walking, cycling, public transport, car-sharing and eco-driving).
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The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is a canal in Northern England, linking the cities of Leeds and Liverpool.

Over a distance of 127 miles (204 km), crossing the Pennines, and including 91 locks on the main line. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal has several small branches, and in the early 21st century a new link was constructed into the Liverpool docks system.

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]


This Mutual Aid Network aims to create a chain reaction that goes back into communities. It meshes a thriving timebank with 600 members and the Hull Coin initiative, the City of Culture's 2017 nomination, which is currently mobilizing 4,000 volunteers.

"When I started the TimeBank back in 2010, I saw it as the solution to everything," says Kate Macdonald. "I realized in time that it is 'one' solution and that to have a viable parallel economy, we need different options which have strengths to use in different circumstances. When I heard Stephanie speak about Mutual Aid Networks a couple of years ago, I realized this had been what I had been looking for. What is often missed is a mechanism to join things up."[1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

Who Owns My Neighbourhood?, Kirklees land ownership data

Other resources[edit | edit source]

Past events[edit | edit source]


May 5 Calder Bootstrap 2017, "a group of entrepreneurs, co-operators, activists and changemakers, looking to engage our community to co-create our next economy."

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

About Yorkshire and the Humber[edit | edit source]

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Yorkshire and the Humber is one of nine official regions of England at the first level of ITL for statistical purposes. The population in 2021 was 5,481,431 with its largest settlements being Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Hull, and York.

Near you[edit | edit source]

Leeds - Sheffield

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Keywords english region
Authors Phil Green
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Language English (en)
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Aliases Yorkshire and the Humber
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Created June 7, 2014 by Phil Green
Modified June 15, 2024 by Phil Green
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