Helping our local community

By Raising the Rural Voice we aim to enable and encourage people to develop their rural communities, working towards a sustainable future.

TVRA’s aim is to promote inclusion and equality by working towards improving the social, economic and environmental well being of rural communities within the Tees Valley, from Advice and Information, Community Action and our Community Transport .

About Us

What We Do

Raising the rural voice

Advice & Information

TVRA offer free and impartial advice - speak to us today to see how we can help.

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Community Action

We help raise awareness of important rural issues giving your local community a voice.

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Community Transport

We provide vital transport to the elderly, isolated and all community groups.

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Meet The Team

Our specially trained staff are here to help

Rita Lawson

Chief Executive

Janice McColm

Rural Development Manager

Julie Thornton

Business Support Officer

Hugh Jackson


Latest News

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CoVid 19 VCSE online community

March 18th, 2020

VONNE and the North East Local Infrastructure Organisations have set up an online community via Knowledge Hub to provide a platform for VCSE organisations to […]

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Coronavirus – advice for voluntary and community sector organisations

March 17th, 2020

This information is intended to help decide what steps you as an individual, your community or organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 […]

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Take part in VE celebrations

February 18th, 2020

Take part in VE celebrations The Armed Forces Charity have been in touch and would like to include rural communities in the celebration of VE […]

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National Village Hall Census Launched

February 10th, 2020

Following on from a highly successful Village Halls’ Week that involved over 700 village halls from across the country, actively engaged 18 MP’s and attracted […]

“Your volunteer driver, was fabulous with staff, carers and clients – very friendly and helpful when assisting people onto the bus with the wheelchairs”

Groundwork North East

“We hold the invaluable bus service close to our heart. It has changed so many lives to the elderly people who look forward to getting out of the village”

Sadberge Day Trippers

“Many thanks for the generous gift we received from the “Our Community Matters” project team recently. It was such a lovely surprise and totally unexpected. Voluntary work brings rewards of its own, not least in making us feel that we are still contributing something to the communities we live in. Knowing it is appreciated by those who live and work in the communities is a real bonus! We hope that TVRA will continue to be able to offer it’s much needed support and assistance to these communities.”


“Excellent friendly service from start to finish, easy to register and great value for money. The community use mini bus arrived at the agreed time and place and our volunteer driver  (Alex) was amazing. I would highly recommend TVRA and we at Kids Kabin will certainly be using the service again” Sue McBride – Project Manager

Kids Kabin