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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October 22nd, 2019

‘Wonderful Villages’  Photo Competition – Soon to be launched Love your Village! Love your Village Hall! Does your village have a budding photographer who could […]

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Be part of our National Lottery 25th celebration & record breaking attempt

October 17th, 2019

Join #NationalLottery25  in Gateshead as we celebrate the National Lottery’s 25th Birthday with tea and scones, and attempt to set a new (Guinness World Records™) […]

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Calling All Tees Valley Rural Village Halls – Are You Up For A Challenge?

October 2nd, 2019

  TVRA challenge you to write a poem about your village hall to be in with a chance to win a free 1 year subscription […]

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Darlington Small Sparks Funding Opportunity – Preventing Social Isolation in Adults and Older People

September 26th, 2019

The primary aim of the pilot funding is to develop innovative ways of reducing social isolation/promoting community inclusion and the intention that as many barriers […]

“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.”