We are recruiting a Rural Officer

we are recruitingWe are currently recruiting a full time Rural Officer (35 hours) to be based at the main office in Northampton, working across the county. Applicants need to have experience of community development work and particularly delivering Neighbourhood Planning support. Salary is £24,000 p.a. The job description and person specification can be downloaded here.

Closing date for applications is 2nd September 2016 and interviews will be held on Monday 12th September 2016. Completed applications should be sent to vacancy@northantsacre.org.uk.

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   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.

All existing NACRE oil buying members who register before 31st October 2016 will receive a credit for their membership fee that will be applied to their first oil order. This refund expires on 31st March 2017. For more information download the FAQs.

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Making a difference in rural communities

Defra case study NACREEvery year, ACRE produces a report about the value of what has achieved by the RCAN network with the Defra investment. The 2014-2015 report Making a difference in rural communities throughout England reveals the £2.3m investment from Defra for 2014-15 enabled a further £9.03m to be levered into the country from a range of local and national sources. big lottery logo

On P12 of the report you will find a case study of our innovative Rural Wellbeing Service, funded by the Big Lottery and that aims to tackle rural isolation and loneliness. Download the report here.

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 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, our Fieldworker. If you would like the bus to visit your area, why not call us on 01604  825883?

Big thank you to everyone who donated garden tools

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 acre@northantsacre.org.uk