Northamptonshire ACRE works with a variety of partners and agencies both locally and nationally. Some of the key agencies are shown below:

Local councils:

Rural Agencies:

ACRE logoAction with Communities in Rural England operates at national, regional and local level in support of rural communities across the country. It is the national umbrella body of the Rural Community Action Network (RCAN), which has 38 members throughout England. Northamptonshire ACRE is a member of RCAN.  You can download a wealth of useful, free  publications from the website including briefings on national events, the weekly ACRE headlines and a variety of policy position papers.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is responsible for all policy making and legislation in England relating to food, farming and fisheries, animal health and welfare,  environmental protection and sustainable development and rural communities and their issues.  A certain amount of Northamptonshire ACRE’s core funding comes through agreements with DEFRA particularly around community led planning.

Rural Network East Midlands is part of DEFRA’s national Rural and Farming Network covering the whole of the East Midlands. RNEM has replaced the East Midlands Rural Affairs Forum which ceased to exist as from the end of March 2012. RNEM combines a growing body of organisations and individuals to ensure that rural areas thrive in terms of their economy, access to services, the environment, affordable housing, farming and related issues around food, climate change and skills and employment.

CRC has a statutory duty to promote awareness of the social and economic needs of people who live and work in rural areas and help decision-makers across and beyond government identify how those needs can best be addressed. CRC is currently looking at how Local Enterprise Partnerships are including rural areas in their work and have published a call for evidence, information and views from all involved parties. Refer to their website for the full details.

rsn_logoThe Rural Services Network is a membership organisation devoted to safeguarding and improving services in rural communities across England. RSN is the only national network specifically focusing on this vital aspect of rural life.

NCALCNorthamptonshire County Association of Local Councils (Northants CALC) is a membership organisation representing the parish and town councils of Northamptonshire. It provides legal and technical advisory services to member councils as well as training via the County Training Partnership and offers courses on subjects such as chairmanship skills, council procedures and accounting and budgeting.  It also offers the formal qualification for parish clerks.

Voluntary and Community Agencies

Please click on any of the logos to go to their website for more information about their location, hours of opening and services provided.

Northampton Volunteer Centre

                    Nene valley community actionDaventry Volunteer CentreSNVB

Northants Community Foundation


 citizens advice bureauKettering Volunteer Centre


 Life coach directory

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