We are delighted to announce the Big Lottery has approved funding for Northamptonshire ACRE’s Rural Wellbeing Service.
This four year project, covering the county, will see us visiting rural communities with a mobile unit, bringing advice, information and signposting support for older people while helping to set up a network of Good Neighbours in those communities.
To find out more about the project click here…
Defra (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has confirmed that it will maintain its £2.3m investment in the ACRE Network for 2015/16. This is good news for our organisation and the nationwide ACRE Network of rural community councils. We would like to thank everyone who showed their support for Northants ACRE, all the other rural councils and the work we do. The level of support we have received from our partner agencies, our members and the public has been extraordinary and very gratifying.
We could not have achieved this without your help. Thank you.
12 million hours of volunteering, £11m of renovations and 38.6 million cups of tea:
England’s 10,000 village halls rely on more than 12 million hours of volunteering each year to deliver their vital role at the heart of rural communities, a new survey* by ACRE has revealed. It showed volunteers who run classes and events put in 2.5 million hours annually. That’s on top of the estimated 9.6 million hours clocked up by management committees. But more than half of the halls who responded said they were struggling to find new recruits to help manage the buildings – with people protesting that they were too busy, too old or simply not interested. Read some of the key findings from the survey here.
*ACRE undertook a survey of village halls across England. The survey returned 1,300 responses, (13%) that were used to derive the statistics for this report. Visit the Community Facilities page for details of services provided by Northamptonshire ACRE.
We are expanding our Bulk Oil scheme to offer Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) in cylinders and for bulk tanks. This is in conjunction with Swift Energy Consultants Ltd and FloGas. There is no additional cost to ordering LPG as it is covered under the bulk oil membership. For more details click here.
Many thanks to everyone who has kindly donated spades, hoes, rakes and even mowers to the Community Payback scheme. The group are extremely grateful as these tools enable them to continue with their excellent work of ground maintenance in communities. If you would like to know more about the Community Payback scheme or would like to nominate a project in your area, please click on the Community Payback logo to go to the Northants Probation Trust website for more information.
You can continue to donate tools to the scheme by contacting us on 01604 765888 or email email@example.com