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Daventry District Council
Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP | 01327 87 11 00
Daventry & District Forum (DDF)

The Daventry & District Forum (DDF)

DDF is an independent body run by the over fifties to enhance the quality of life to those living in Daventry District.

The Management Committee is elected from the membership and organises forum meeting to provide information on matter affecting the over fifties and campaign for appropriate action as agreed through consultation with the membership.

To be involved and have your say, join today and come along to our next forum meeting. 

The forums provide an opportunity for members to get together and make new friends, whilst relaxing over a cup of tea and visiting the many information stands of the organisations that are invited to the meetings, providing information and advice on a wide variety of subjects from health care, to safety in the home, adult learning, fun and relaxation…and there are often lots of free gifts available too. The forums are open to all and offer something for everyone.  


Page contents

Our web page features DDF events and activities, as well as information on support services and leisure activities in the local area. 

Scroll down to find out more or click on the links below to find specific sections:


 

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Latest news and updates

Clean and Green Project - Lilbourne Village

Daventry Volunteer Centre are hosting a community clean up event on Saturday 25th November 2017 in Lilbourne Village. All equipment will be supplied and refreshments will be provided at the village hall. Please click here for further information.


DDF Christmas Tea Dance

Daventry District Forums annual Christmas Tea Dance will be held on Wednesday 6th December 2017, please click here for more information. 


  WorkitOut dance & exercise classes  

Let the music of the 1920's - 60's move you. Or maybe a gentler exercise class is more your style? Classes take place at locations in Daventry District. Find out more on the  workitout website.


Free Courses to promote positive mental health and wellbeing

Learn2B are hosting free courses to help promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Find out more information and enrol.


  DDF Falls Prevention  

Following on from our Falls Prevention event earlier in the year, DDF member Gloria Edwards was asked to star in a promotional video to help raise awareness of falls. Watch the video


Northamptonshire's Adults Learning Courses

View details of Northamptonshire's Adult Learning Courses running from September 2017 to April 2018.


Mobile Library Timetable

The mobile library service operating in the Daventry District will be available on the fourth Friday of each month. Click here for more information


Volunteers wanted for Daventry Carers Café 

The New Street cafe project, in partnership with Cummins Engineering, is helping to provide a cafe environment for older people. The project aims to provide social activities as well as home cooked food, to help reduce loneliness and improve the health & wellbeing of older people. 

A team of volunteers help in the kitchen with cooking breakfast food and monthly hot lunches.

The cafe is held in the Abbey Centre, Market Square, Daventry and is open on weekday mornings from 9.30am to midday. For more info please call 01327 300614


Citizens Advice Daventry & District

Citizens Advice Daventry and District provides free, confidential, impartial information and advice to the residents of Daventry Town and surrounding District. Based on the first floor of the Abbey just of the Market Square in Daventry, we are currently seeking additional volunteers for roughly 6h a week. If you have the time and are willing to help us provide this service. Click here for more information


Be aware of doorstep scams

Operation REPEAT is a service put together by Northamptonshire Police which aims to raise awareness and continual support against scams and doorstop crime. Find out more information


  

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:

Route 1

  • Pick up from 09:15
  • Start Return at 11:15

Route 2

  • Pick up from 09:45
  • Start Return at 11:55

Route 3

  • 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.


Happy at Home Partnership

The Happy at Home Partnership is a Big Lottery Funded project (funded until March 2017) helping reduce the feelings of isolation in elderly residents across Daventry and South Northants Districts, and enabling them to remain living independently in their own homes. Volunteers are recruited to visit elderly residents in their own homes and take them information about access to services in their local area.

The project also recruits volunteers for its social events which bring isolated elderly residents together with the local service providers, please contact project worker Nicola Toms by email at nicola@daventryvolunteers.org.uk or by telephone on 01327 300614

Visit the Daventry Volunteers Website for more information


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


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Health support:

Support group for people with COPD

Breathing Space is the name for a support group for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and their carers.

It runs fortnightly sessions at the Methodist Church, in Golding Close, daventry from 11am to 2pm.

You can find out more in their leaflet


Dementia Connect

Dementia Connect is Alzheimer's Society's comprehensive services directory for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You can enter your postcode or place name to find voluntary, statutory and private services nearest and most relevant to you. Each listing includes a map and clear, essential information about that service.

Access the Dementia Connect Service


Northamptonshire Association for the Blind

Losing sight in later life can be hard to cope with. It can knock your confidence, make everyday tasks more difficult and even undermine your independence. But it doesn’t have to!

With just a little “knowhow” life with sight loss can be less worrying and so much easier. And a friendly visit from Northamptonshire for the Blind’s local community worker Jenny Richardson can give you all the information and support you need.

So if you are struggling to read or watch TV, see your cooker dials or use the telephone, get out and about or are simply a little uncertain about the future, don’t put up with it! There are ways around the problems.

NAB is one of the county’s longest-serving local charities with centres in Northampton and Kettering. Its Mobile Sight Centre tours the county with practical aids and information (visiting Daventry on the third Wednesday of every month from 10am to 1pm near Shopmobility in New Street).

For those who can’t get out or would prefer a more personal, confidential chat in their own home, just get in touch with Jenny on 01604 719193 or mobile 07967 644169. You don’t have to be registered blind or partially sighted – if you’re concerned about your eyesight, they’re here to help.

Find out more


Side-by-side mental health support

Do you struggle with depression or anxiety, or know someone who does? Are you looking for simple practical help to stay well? Would you like to meet new people for social activities and support?

If you answer to those questions is yes and you live in Northamptonshire, then Side by Side could be for you. 

The group meets up across the county, from Corby to Towcester. Find out more by phoning Louise Jones on 07964 401636 or emailing louise@depressionalliance.org or you can download one of their leaflets

Sport, Exercise and Leisure

Walking Netball at Daventry Leisure Centre

This is a slowed down version of the game of netball, designed for anyone looking to exercise in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. A game of Walking Netball is for all ages and abilities and every session contains a gentle warm up.

It runs every Friday from 10 to 11am at the Sports Hall in Daventry Leisure Centre and costs £3 per session.

For more information please contact Mel Bland 01327 871144 or email melaniebland@everyoneactive.com


Walking Football at Daventry Leisure Centre

Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over 50s, so if you thought your footballing days were over, then think again!  The game is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle irrespective of their age, as well as getting those back playing football who perhaps had to stop due to injuries.

Professional clubs use this method in training, to slow the game down and teach players to be comfortable on the ball, and it has since been picked up and rolled out via the NHS as a way of keeping fit

Walking Football runs every Wednesday from Midday to 1pm at Daventry Leisure Centre. The weekly sessions cost just £3 per person.

 Groups and individuals are welcome, so just put on some old clothes and trainers or plimsolls, bring a bottle of water and join in a game in the sports hall whenever you’re ready.  It's a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time!


Daventry University of the Third Age (U3A)

Whether you’re retired or semi-retired, fully-abled or less-abled great opportunities await you at this new U3A in Daventry.

U3A is a voluntary organisation where members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between either. 

U3A offers life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities not for qualifications but for sheer satisfaction and self-discovery.  It’s also a great way of making new friends. 

U3A is about having/making time for you.  It offers outdoor pursuits, social events and outings to zoology, photography, scrabble, gardening to theatre trips and absolutely everything else in between. 

Regular U3A monthly meetings are planned for the third Thursday afternoon of each month.  Please come along if you want to find out more about Daventry U3A.

For further information visit:  www.u3anorthamptonshirenetwork.org.uk


Reach for Health exercise classes

Exercise classes for people with Parkinson's and other neurological conditions take place every Wednesday from 11.30am to 12.30pm at Reach for Health on High March, Daventry (NN11 4HB).

For more information phone Elaine on 07860 966807


Northamptonshire OTAGO exercise programme

Strength and balance classes for older adults taking place at various locations throughout Northamptonshire. Find out more information


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Daventry Leisure Centre:Activities for the over 50s:

Forever fit classes:  Mondays at 9.30am, Wednesdays at 10.30am and Fridays at 9.30am

50+ Badminton, Short Tennis, and Short Mat Bowls: Mondays and Wednesdays 8am - Midday 

Nordic Walking: Wednesdays at 10am

OTAGO Exercise Programme: Wednesdays 12-1pm. Click here for more information.

You can discover some great local walks in the Health Walks Newsletter or find out how to join group walks by browsing the Ramblers Schedule