Sources of information and support
Dial a Ride - DACT
If you are over 65 and would like to book onto the free bus service provided by DACT running every Tuesday & Friday into Daventry Town Centre please contact DACT on 01327 701665. The three options available are as follows:
- Pick up from 09:15
- Start Return at 11:15
- Pick up from 09:45
- Start Return at 11:55
- Pick up from 10:35
- Start Return at 12:35
Please note pick up times will vary depending on the demand. Wait indoors until the bus turns up, do not stand outside in the cold, the driver will knock the door if you do not notice them arrive.
British Red Cross - support at home
The British Red Cross First Call service aims to provide short-term practical and emotional support at home for up to 12 weeks, helping people regain their independence after a personal crisis.
The free service is delivered by fully trained staff and volunteers who will listen and act in a confidential and non-judgemental way, fully respecting the individuals rights to choose what they want to do.
Please click here for more information.
Good Neighbours scheme
Northamptonshire ACRE (NACRE) is working with Daventry District Council (DDC) to develop Good Neighbours schemes across Daventry District. The schemes will offer practical help to older people, whether it's collecting a pension or a repeat prescription, walking the dog, getting a lift to the shops, or just changing a light bulb.
The Ageing Well Consultation started in 2016 to identify projects to support our older residents to reduce the impact of social isolation and loneliness.
Moulton Parish Council has agreed to become the first pilot parish to set up this scheme. Braunston and Crick have confirmed their involvement with Crick now seeking to appoint a committee. Talks are in progress with Long Buckby, Weedon, Brixworth to develop further schemes throughout the district. There are also potential talks with Scaldwell, Maidwell and Draughton.
In order for a Good Neighbours scheme to work in a village, parish area or neighbourhood, we need at least one person from that area to volunteer as a co-ordinator.
DDC and NACRE can offer you:
- An overview of how a Good Neighbours scheme could work for your community group, residents group or Parish Council
- Guidance on establishing if there is demand for a Good Neighbours scheme in your area
- A toolkit, based on national good practice, on how to run a Good Neighbours scheme
- Support to get your scheme up and running
For further information contact Emma Parry on 01327 302418.
Save money on energy bills with the Big Switch scheme
Big Switch Daventry District is a joint effort between Daventry District Council and its switching partner iChoosr to use collective purchasing power to secure better energy deals for residents.
Everyone who registers for the Big Switch is entered into a national collective, with energy companies then invited to bid for their custom in an auction.
Because the auction is an opportunity for energy companies to secure thousands of customers in one go, the deals they offer in a bid to win that auction are often better than those advertised to the general public.
The sign-up process is quick and easy, with just an annual bill or indication of annual energy usage required.
Find out more and sign up here or phone the Council on 01327 871100.
The Daventry Branch of the Royal British Legion
The Legion has partnered with Daventry District Council to offer drop in sessions in the reception area of the Council's Civic offices in Lodge Road, Daventry on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
Sessions run from 11am to 1pm.
Daventry is one of a number of outreach locations which will offer a knowledgeable and dedicated support worker as a face to face point of contact for those in need of help and advice from the Legion.
Northamptonshire Trading Standards
The County's Trading Standards Team offers a range of consumer advice and support, including help with finding an approved trader to carry out jobs in your home. You can find out more on their website
Free services in Daventry District
There is a huge range of groups and organisations offering free support services to people in the local area. You can find them all in this downloadable booklet