LEADER is a European Community initiative to assist rural communities to improve the quality of life and economic prosperity in their local area.

What is Yorkshire Forward’s involvement?

Yorkshire Forward is the regional development agency responsible for delivering the LEADER approach in Yorkshire & the Humber as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) aims to support rural businesses and communities. You can find out more here.

How does LEADER work?

LEADER brings  into one forum those people, organisations and individuals,  who have an interest in encouraging and supporting economic development. It’s a community-led approach to rural development, focusing on basic services for communities, culture and heritage, village development and renewal.

If you would like to find out more about the LEADER approach, we strongly recommend that you read The LEADER Approach – A Basic Guide, a useful European Commission booklet.

LEADER in Yorkshire & Humber

The following partnerships are delivering the LEADER approach to rural development:

  • South Pennines Leader (Pennine Prospects)
  • Yorkshire Dales LEADER Group
  • North York Moors, Coast & Hills LEADER
  • East Peak Innovation Partnership (EPIP)
  • Coast, Wolds, Wetlands & Waterways
  • Northern Lincolnshire Rural Local Action Group.

How to get involved

If you're interested in improving the quality of life and economic prosperity in your local area and would like to become involved with a LEADER group, we would advise you to:

  • Check the LEADER area map (below) to see if one of the six LEADER partnerships covers your area.
  • Make direct contact with the partnership which covers your area to discover how you (and your business, community, social or interest group, organisation, etc) can become involved in the LEADER process. The partnerships will be happy to tell you about the work which they have already undertaken and to explain how you can become involved with LEADER.

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LEADER Partnership Contact Details


South Pennines LEADER (Pennine Prospects) 


LEADER Project Manager: Ruth Hair
Tel: 07775 704282
Address: Hebden Bridge Visitor & Canal Centre, Butlers Wharf, New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AF

Yorkshire Dales LEADER Group 


LEADER Project Co-ordinator: Rima Berry
Email:rima.berry@ydmt.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tel: 01524 251002
Address: Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Old Post Office, Main Street, Clapham, LA2 8DP

North York Moors, Coast & Hills LEADER


Programme Manager: Mike Horrocks
Email: m.horrocks@northyorkmoors-npa.gov.uk
Programme Officer: Amy Thomas
Email: a.thomas@northyorkmoors-npa.gov.uk
Tel: 01439 770657
Address: North York Moors, Coast & Hills LEADER, The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, York, YO62 5BP

Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways


Rural Programmes Support and Development Officer: Dee Mitchell     
E-mail: dee.mitchell@eastriding.gov.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tel: Tel: 01377 208410
Address: Rural Programmes Team, Driffield Business Centre, Scotchburn Garth, Skerne Road, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 6EF

East Peak Innovation Partnership (EPIP)


EPIP Manager: Stephen Gould
E-mail: stephen.epip@hotmail.co.uk
Project Development Co-ordinator: Tracy Charlesworth
Email: tracy.epip@hotmail.co.uk
Tel: 01226 76 33 73
Address: Penistone & District Community Partnership, Town Hall House, Shrewsbury Road, Penistone, Sheffield S36 6DY

Northern Lincolnshire Rural Local Action Group


LEADER Co-ordinator: Philippa Kenyon
E-mail   Philippa.Kenyon@northlincs.gov.uk
Tel: 01724 297781
RDPE-LEADER Support Officer: Shalon Perkins
E-mail shalon.perkins@northlincs.gov.uk 
Tel: 01724 297768
Address: Pittwood House, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN16 1AB

To discuss the delivery of the LEADER programme in the region, please contact Elizabeth Scott, LEADER Programme Manager:
Tel: 0113 3945705
Email: Elizabeth Scott (elizabeth.scott@yorkshire-forward.com)



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