The Daventry & District Forum (DDF)

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

It aims to provide a friendly, social environment for older people to meet and make new friends, and its members enjoy regular free forums featuring live entertainment, guest speakers, and stalls offering information and advice, as well as an opportunity to catch up over a cup of tea.

Become a member

Please join today to receive quarterly updates from the group, as well as invitations to join our free forum meetings.


Join the next forum meeting

The Management Committee  is elected from the membership and organises regular forum meetings to provide an opportunity for members to get together. 

The forums often feature live entertainment as well as speakers and information stands from a wide variety of local services and organisations. They also provide a perfect opportunity to make new friends over a relaxing cup of tea.

The next Public Forum meeting takes place:

  • Wednesday 18 September


Please support us in the Local Lotto

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The DDF is a member of the Local Lotto, a weekly online lottery created to support local causes in Daventry District. 

Tickets cost £1 per week, with 40p of every ticket you buy going to the DDF should you choose to support us when buying your ticket. An extra 10p from every ticket you buy goes into the Local Lotto Community Pot, which groups such as ours can bid for a share of, so it is a great way to support local good causes.

There are also a range of prizes on offer, from £5 for matching two numbers, up to £25,000 if you are lucky enough to match all six!

Please find out more and support our cause by buying tickets here

Latest news and events

New Walking Football Club in Daventry Needs Members

Daventry Town FC are looking to start a Walking Football team and would like anyone interested to contact Brian Porter via or by text to 07903 859107. Please click here for more details. 

New Parkinson's Weekly Craft Group

Interested in crafts? Would you like to be more creative? Click here to learn about a new weekly Craft Group at East Hunsbury, Northampton.


D & D Heart Support Group 

Click here to view the latest newsletter

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 6hr a week. If you have the time and are willing to help them 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. 


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Health support

The Rural Wellbeing Service 

Click on this link to read the latest Rural Wellbeing Service newsletter. 


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.

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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 it touch on 01604 719193. 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 or you can  download one of their leaflets

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.



Northants Carers

Click on this link to read the latest news from Northants Carers

Sources of information

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.

For further information about DACT please visit their website click here

  • DACT Days Out - View their timetable of events from January to April 2019 here
  • DACT read their latest newsletter here

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.

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 phone 01327 871144 



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

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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!


Health Walk Newsletter

Click on this link to open the April 2019 Health Walk Newsletter


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:


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 

WorkitOut dance and exercise classes  

Let the music of the 1920s - 60s 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

Mobile Library Timetable

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

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