We are recruiting – Wellbeing Administrator

recruiting nowDo you want to be involved with an exciting, worthwhile project supporting older residents in rural areas who are more socially isolated? Do you enjoy working with people, have good communication skills, some big lottery logounderstanding of the voluntary sector and have proven administrative experience including producing statistical reports?  If so you may be the person we need as our Rural Wellbeing Administrator. This Big Lottery funded, fixed term post to the end of February 2019, is ideal for someone looking for part time work as part of an enthusiastic, dedicated team helping to alleviate social isolation in villages across the county. The post is for 21 hours per week and is based at the Hunsbury Hill Centre, Northampton. For the job specification and application form click here.

 

Olive Special Offer – Designed to help ensure you never run out of oil

smart-meter-image-1Special Offer for Oil Scheme Members!

As part of our commitment to developing our services to members, NACRE has negotiated a special offer with its partner eSmartMetrics to offer its new olive Smart Meters to Oil Buying Scheme Members at a special price and with NO ongoing fees.

Available to members through their NACRE online account for only £99.00, plus delivery, this will include a £10.00 voucher off your next oil purchase! More information here.

Slides from our AGM 2016

thank youWe would like to thank all the speakers who gave presentations at Northamptonshire ACRE’s recent AGM 2016. It was a very good evening, with a wide range of topics covered and all helped along with some great music from acoustic trio Whalebone. If you would like to download the slides from the presentations they are available here. Particular thanks goes to Sir John Robinson Bt DL for kindly standing in for our President, David Laing, and opening our AGM.

Olive – Our new online oil ordering system

Our oil buying schemoil lorrye is changing. The Northamptonshire ACRE Community Oil Buying Scheme has been operating since October 2011.  Developed with the aim of helping people in homes, community buildings and businesses in rural Northamptonshire to save money on their oil, particularly those in fuel poverty, our scheme has helped members save over £80,500 against average prices quoted with over 1.7million litres of domestic heating oil being delivered.

The scheme is working well for our members but to ensure that it continues to deliver such good value, we need to grow the membership. To do this effectively it is essential to improve the efficiency of the scheme and to this end, we have been working with a company, eSmartMetrics, to install an online ordering system, olive, that will replace the current paper based scheme.

oliveAs of 1st August 2016 you can register your details on olive  and then order and pay for oil online. We will no longer be charging a membership fee, instead a small levy will be applied to the oil order each month. But be assured, you will continue to receive prices well below the market level.

For more information download the FAQs our see the bulk oil buying page.

Find out about smart meters

acre-smart-energy-gb-logoSmart Energy GB

Did you know that even though you are off mains gas you can get a smart meter for your electricity supply?

We are working with our partners in the ACRE Network and Smart Energy GB to raise awareness of the smart meter smart-meters-1roll out. We’re promoting smart meters to off mains gas residents in Northamptonshire. We are proud to be working with Smart Energy GB to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to engage in the smart meter rollout, regardless of personal circumstance or where they live.

For more information click here.

2017 Best Village Competition forms now available!

bvc-16-all-winners-at-hhc-12-july-2016-2We are very pleased that the Best Village Competition will be running again this year, thanks once again to the generous sponsorship of Hollowells Funeral Plans. The Competition is open to all villages with populations up to 6,000. There are three different categories based on village size: Small, Medium and Large. There is also a special award for best ‘newcomer’ to the competition. Each category carries prize money of £250. In addition to this, the prize money for the overall winner will be £1000.

More information and application forms are available here.

Calling all women entrepreneurs

women-gender-symbolFollowing on from last year’s inaugural Women’s Enterprise Day, the 2016 follow up event is being held at Belton Woods Hotel, Grantham on Thursday 17th November. The day is dedicated to showcasing local talent, sharing inspiring stories and giving you insider tips on how to be more successful in business. There are a large range of fantastic workshops to choose from, sensational speakers, Artizan Avenue and even a Living Library zone. Tickets are just £50 for the day including lunch. Click here for more details.

New timetable for our Information Bus

Cropped view of RIC with side and back bannersThe latest timetable for our information bus, that is visiting villages two days a week as part of our Lottery funded Rural Wellbeing Service, is now available to view here. Find out where the bus is visiting over the next three months and if we are in your village, why not come along and speak to Linda or Dawn, our Fieldworkers. If you would like the bus to visit your area, why not call us on 01604  825883?

Helmdon is Northants 2016 Best Village Competition winner

bvc-16-all-winners-at-hhc-12-july-2016-2The Best Village Competition celebrates the quality of life and community Printspirit of Northamptonshire’s villages. This year’s Presentation Ceremony was held on Tuesday 12th July at the Hunsbury Hill Centre where Annette and Paul Hollowell of Hollowell’s Funeral Plans presented delegates from the winning villages with their cups and certificates.

Congratulations to the village of Helmdon, that gained the prestigious title of Northamptonshire Best Village 2016 and won the top prize of £1000, which can be used for village projects. The village of Syresham was the runner up. The full results are available here.