Northamptonshire ACRE

Northamptonshire ACRE are currently working on setting up Good Neighbour Schemes across Northamptonshire and with the support of the Council are now setting them up in South Northants.

We would love to hear from you or anyone in your community that might like to set up a Scheme so please get in touch if you would like further information or have any questions.

Good Neighbour Schemes use voluntary effort from local people to provide help and support for anyone in their village who might need assistance with low level tasks such as lifts to day centres, GP surgery or other appointments, help with shopping or gardening, filling in forms and letter writing or using computers or even dog walking. They have been proven to be an effective means to help alleviate loneliness and social isolation in rural communities especially among older people as well as helping to strengthen community ties.

Volunteers provide the kind of help that would be expected of a good neighbour (changing a light bulb, giving someone a lift, picking up a prescription). They do not do complex jobs or provide social care services. A pool of local co-ordinators and volunteers means that no individual volunteer is overburdened, and the whole community benefits by being more connected.

Informal arrangements already exist in many villages, but they can be hit or miss, with some people well provided for while others are overlooked. Adopting the ‘Good Neighbour’ approach ensures that neighbourly assistance is available to everyone in the community that needs it.

South Northants Council are supporting Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) to set up 7 Good Neighbour Schemes in the District. The Schemes can be run by anyone and can be tailored to fit the needs of the community. For those that decide to set up a scheme funding and step by step support will be provided. A grant of up to £1000 will be given per scheme by South Northants Council.

Good Neighbour Schemes have successfully been set up in other parts of the County and both South Northants Council and Northamptonshire ACRE are keen to build on these successes.

For more information please contact:

Rebecca Breakwell—Northamptonshire Acre Rural Officer. 01604 825884.

NACRE: For over 60 years Northamptonshire ACRE has supported rural communities in the county. They are an independent countywide charity working with rural communities to improve their quality of life , especially for the disadvantaged. They are one of 38 Rural Community Councils across England that make up the ACRE Network.


War Memorial Restoration

War Memorial

The war memorial restoration was completed in time for the Remembrance Day service of November 2018. As part of the process, the plaque commemorating the loss of the crew of the Royal Canadian Air Force Wellington Bomber which crashed on 20th March 1944 was replaced with corrected spellings of the names of the crew.

RCAF Plaque

The funding for this project was awarded by South Northamptonshire Council.  Community Grants are available to all organisations and individuals located in the district.  For more information on applying for Community Grants please visit

The Parish Council also gratefully acknowledges the contribution from Mr & Mrs LeBlanc, relatives of Sgt Lorne H. JOHNSTON, one member of the crew of a Wellington Bomber who lost their lives close to Yardley Gobion in 1944 when the aircraft developed an engine fault during a cross country training exercise and came down on the night of 20th March 1944, killing all eight Canadian RAF personnel on board.

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Moorend Road Litter Pick

Shared from Andrew Stockton

Moorend Litter Pick 16th March 10 am

We are planning the first litter pick on Moorend and all are welcome – i doubt if the A5 end will be as bad as it was for the December pick. Those who got to do the A5 end last time around should perhaps start from the water tower this time

Suggest we meet at the water tower 10 am

I have 10 handheld litter pickers lent to me by SNC – i will need all the pickers handing back to me as SNC get a bit stroppy otherwise when i return them

If people could bring strong bin liners and gloves that would be great

See you there – this will be the first (unofficial) outing of St Neags – St Nicholas Environmental Action Group
If you fancy a chat about what we doing and our aims etc please do so

Decommissioning of Prevention Service for Adult Social Care Service – Visually Impaired Service

Currently, Northamptonshire County Council commissions (i.e. buys) a number
of services through Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (NAB).
These services offer adults with sight loss advice, help and practical support to
overcome the emotional and practical challenges of living with sight loss. This
helps them to live as full, active and independent a life as possible in their own
home and/or with their family or carer.
The services we buy from NAB helps those adults who require support due to
their sight loss to:
 Receive help to overcome the emotional trauma of sight loss, maintain a
positive outlook on life and retain personal independence. This includes
advice, guidance and support to:
o cook safely when they have poor eyesight, and with food storage
and preparation
o get out and about i.e. doing the shopping
o stay safe in and around the home
o other daily living skills
o get advice and guidance on the availability of health, social care,
employment and other services, and benefits and entitlements that
might help them overcome whatever challenges they might be
struggling with as a result of their sight loss
 Receive advice on the availability, suitability and use of specialist aids and
equipment. These range from simple items such as bump-ons, talking
watches, talking books and magazines, mobility aids, talking kitchen
equipment plus task and other forms of lighting through to assistive
technology such as magnifiers and telecare products.
 Receive advice on the use of suitable ICT equipment such as smart
phones, tablets, computers and voice activated devices.
 Receive help on using the internet including online shopping and social
 Support people to meet and socialise with other people who have similar,
or different levels of sight loss at various locations within
 Help people to learn new skills or to enjoy new hobbies, cultural activities,
leisure pursuits and sporting activities.
 Discover how to make use of existing skills or how to enjoy again many of
the activities and interests they used to enjoy before their sight loss.
NAB can provide their advice, guidance and support to those that need it at
either one of NAB’s sight centres or support within a person’s own home.
However, due to its current poor financial situation the Council is now having to
consider if the above services should be stopped or provided in a different way.
We would like to hear your views.
The deadline for this consultation is 5pm on 8th November 2018

Northamptonshire County Council’s Local Offer for Care Leavers

In line with new legislation, Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) will be publishing a ‘Local Offer for Care Leavers’ (also known as the “Offer”) showing all the services that the NCC provides to young people leaving care.
Working with a variety of people including young people in care we have developed Northamptonshire County Council’s Local Offer for Care Leavers (draft). We are now seeking the views of stakeholders (care leavers themselves and other interested parties) before we prepare the final document for publication in early 2019.
The final “Offer” document will be developed using feedback from the consultation and will be published on the Young Northants website (, but will also be available in a paper version.
How to have your say
Two questionnaires have been developed, one which is specifically for care leavers and one which is specifically for organisations and other interested people.
Before you answer the questions we ask that you read through the “Offer”, available on the Consultation Register.
This consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday 28th November 2018.