Rural Wellbeing Service

Our Rural Wellbeing Service is a 4-year project running from March 2015 to February 2019 funded by the Big Lottery through their Reaching Communities programme.

Loneliness and social isolation are two growing issues facing many older people, especially in rural areas.  A recent study found that “social isolation is associated with a higher risk of death in older people regardless of whether they consider themselves lonely”.

With this project, we aim to:

  • Help reduce feelings of loneliness among people over 50 living in rural areas of Northamptonshire. We aim to help them become more resilient and to enjoy improved community engagement with other residents.
  • Help them to access relevant services to enable them to experience improvements in their physical, mental and financial well-being.

The project involves visiting rural communities with our mobile Information Bus, which we hire from South Northants Volunteer Bureau.

On board, you will find our Wellbeing Fieldworkers, Linda Hook and Dawn Howard, who will give you all kinds of advice, information and support on a variety of topics including:

  • Health & wellbeing
  • Transport issues
  • Energy efficiency in the home
  • Financial matters including benefits
  • Home improvements & security
  • Support for carers
If you would like our bus to visit your village, please contact the Wellbeing Team on 01604 825883.

Download our leaflet giving more information about the service.