Projects and Services
In addition to our core business of volunteering and voluntary sector development and support, we run projects and services. In most cases we use volunteers to deliver welcome support.
BAVCS provides transport for those people, particularly the elderly and disadvantaged, who find it difficult to get to essential medical or social care appointments, as they do not have ready access to public or private transport. We are entirely dependent on a team of friendly, loyal and helpful volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles to undertake these journeys.
Volunteers produce handicrafts that are passed onto local groups to sell or that will assist them in their services. Current ideas include blankets for dogs waiting to be re-homed by a local animal charity, knitted items for premature babies and greeting cards to be sold at craft fairs.
The School of Life is a skills exchange programme spanning age groups. Older people may teach younger people things which they are not taught in school or at home; e.g. life skills, knitting, dance. In return, younger people can teach older people how to use a mobile phone, or use social media etc.
Village Networks is a unique project bringing independent expert and professional advice and support into the heart of the rural communities across South Northamptonshire.
The focus of the project is to advise villagers on issues such as debt, welfare benefits and job-seeking. Beyond these important issues, there is the freedom to develop the menu of advice and support to reflect the priorities and challenges that our rural communities face.
Garden Buddies is a community gardening service in which volunteers provide practical help to elderly and disabled people, who have no other means of support, enabling them to maintain and enjoy their gardens.
This community project aims to offer support to the most needy while also providing a positive focus for volunteers of all abilities.
Our 17-seater minibus (16 passengers), can be hired by any not-for-profit groups, including schools and councils, who register as members of our Community Minibus Scheme.
The minibus is a VOSA licensed vehicle with the appropriate insurance and safety checks. It is a modern, comfortable ride with air-conditioning throughout, opening windows, reclining seats and tinted glass. We also supply the fully qualified driver.
The mobile Rural Information Vehicle is equipped with internet access, laptops, a printer, an information library, and a confidential meeting room for one-to-one appointments.
Part of our Village Networks project, the vehicle can be hired separately by voluntary and statutory groups and organisations for their own promotion and support.