Promoting and supporting voluntary activity across South Northamptonshire


Village Networks

Village Networks is an important outreach project that takes experts and advice into the rural communities of South Northamptonshire, Daventry District and Cherwell District.

Begun in 2011, with funding from The Big Lottery, the project addresses the needs of many communities and villagers, often from isolated rural areas, to consult, face to face, with professional organisations for advice and information.

The current key areas covered include

  • Free and independent advice and support on welfare benefits, debt and pensions.
  • Advice on household utility bills: helping you to find the best deals (gas, electricity, heating oil).
  • Basic/Beginner lessons on using a computer, emailing, online shopping, etc. (often free of charge).
  • Job-seeking advice and a range of support to help.
  • Finding out about local volunteering opportunities.
  • Connecting and getting involved with local voluntary/ community groups.

The project includes the use of our unique vehicle (the “RIV” – Rural Information Vehicle) which we park up in communities with experts on board. Tour details and destinations are posted regularly on this website so come and find us for free and independent help.

Alternatively, if you or your family need help on any of the above – or you know someone in your community that does – feel free to phone the project on 01327 358264, often with a call-back from an expert or even a house-visit if more applicable.


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