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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Robert Jenrick MP and Lord Gardiner of Kimble launch a new £3m grant for village halls.

April 24th, 2019

On Friday 5 April Nottinghamshire MP Robert Jenrick and Defra Minister for Rural Affairs Lord Gardiner launched a £3m grant for the improvement of village […]

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Grant Applications to East Cleveland Villages Big Local  

April 9th, 2019

The East Cleveland Villages Big Local is a 10 year funding programme that has now been operational for 4+ years and throughout this time the […]

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Village Halls and Community Venue 2019 Conference a Great Success

February 12th, 2019

We ran our 2nd Tees Valley Village Halls and Community Venue Conference at Middleton St George Community Centre, Darlington on 24th January 2019 to celebrate #VillageHallsWeek. We are […]

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Hall Mark Success – Congratulations Ingleby Barwick Village Hall

February 12th, 2019

Congratulations goes to Ingleby Barwick Village Hall, Rita Lawson, Chief Executive, TVRA and Martyn Ingram, Norris and Fisher Insurance Brokers Ltd  presented Pauline Stainthorpe, John Myers, and Tim […]

“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.”