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Age UK Northamptonshire welcomed a donation of over 100 letters from pupils at Abbeyfield school in Mereway, Northampton. They have now been delivered to older people across Northamptonshire and have bought joy and happiness to older people who are isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Before the school closed its doors following Government guidance, students decided to turn their attention to helping support older people in their community. They raised £1082 through a […]

Demand for protective equipment has seen staff at Northampton College manufacture face shields for key workers on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19. With Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in short supply, Electrical Installation and Engineering assessor Tony Thompson has personally produced 50 face shields for Leicester Royal Infirmary, staff at a care home in […]

Covid-19 is having a massive impact on the volunteer and charity sector, with most organisations not being able to fund-raise or rely on regular donations due to being forced to close their doors during lockdown. While volunteer opportunities are slim, the NHS is still calling for volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering with healthcare can find […]

More than 200 nursing students have answered the government’s call to step up and help the health service by offering extra people hours to fight the coronavirus pandemic. 212 third and second year students from all four nursing fields have opted in to take Clinical Extended Placements. This means third year students in the final […]

Residents of Boughton’s spirits were buoyed this weekend when a 14-foot dinosaur visited the Northamptonshire village this weekend. Taking inspiration from those dressing up as superheros on their government-allocated one piece of exercise per day, 47 year-old Darren Smith walked round the village as Reggie the Rex. The costume that he wears can roar and […]

A care home hit by a shortage of vital equipment needed in the fight against coronavirus has hailed the donation of masks, gloves and hand sanitizer by Northampton College – saying it will ‘help keep staff safe’. Balmoral Place, in Kingsthorpe, hit national headlines at the weekend when it was revealed staff were facing a […]

Professor Shân Wareing the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton was interviewed by Station Manager Martin Steers on the 1st of April, both working from home. Shân discussed the Universities response to the shutdown and how they are working to support students, in particular changes to academic regulations, learning and teaching and assessments. […]

Youth charity The Lowdown are still working to provide emotional support to young people and their families and are working hard to keep services running as smoothly as possible. Enquiries, as always, can be sent to to be managed remotely by admin staff, or you can call them weekdays 9-6 on 01604634385. Self-Referrals will […]

Age UK Northamptonshire has adapted their services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to support the most vulnerable across Northamptonshire but is still in need of support from the community to keep older people safe and well. An appeal for donations of essential supplies has been launched with the collection point located at the Venton Centre, York Road, Northampton, NN1 5QG.   The locally registered and […]

UPDATE 30/03/20: Charities and community groups supporting vulnerable people across the county can now apply for funding grants of up to £3000. For more information and how to apply, click here, or listen below. Over the last 19 years, Northamptonshire Community Foundation has played a crucial role in supporting the local community and the outbreak […]

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