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External links and resources

We have a growing database of resources and external links that you may find useful. Select a category from the list below.

Note: North Northamptonshire Council - Wellingborough Area are not responsible for the content of external internet sites.


Advice - Consumer

  • Consumer Rights Expert

    Consumer Rights Expert contains articles written by our team of experts.

  • Debt Advice Foundation

    Registered UK debt advice charity offering free, confidential support and advice to anyone worried about debt.

  • Financial Conduct Authority

    The FSA aims to make financial markets work well so that consumers get a fair deal.

  • National Debt Line

    Debt Counselling

  • OFCOM Consumer Helpline

    Tel: 0300 123 3333

  • StepChange (CCCS) Debt charity

    Provide debt advice and debt solutions free of charge to people in financial difficulty.

  • Trading Standards Central

    This site provides a wealth of information for consumers and businesses, schools, advice and information centres, community organisations, local councils, business support agencies and trade associations.

  • Which?

    Which? engages in advocacy campaigns on various consumer protection issues and aims to promote informed consumer choice in the purchase of goods and services, by testing products, highlighting inferior products or services, raising awareness of consumer rights and offering independent advice.

Advice - Legal

  • Legal Aid Agency

    Looking after legal aid in England and Wales and responsible for ensuring that people get the information, advice and legal help they need to deal with a wide range of everyday problems.

Advice and Benefits

Arts, Museums & Galleries

  • Northampton Theatres

    View and book shows at the Royal and Derngate and find information on recruitment, sponsorship, forthcoming events, education and news

  • The Castle

    The Castle, Wellingborough Ltd is a theatre, cinema and arts centre serving the local community in Wellingborough and Northamptonshire. Castle Way, Wellingborough, Northants Tel: 01933 270007


  • Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce

    Business representation, export, training and tourism

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

    RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is the leading source of land, property, construction and related environmental knowledge. They support 110 000 members worldwide, promote best practice, represent consumers' interests and provide impartial advice to society, businesses, governments and global organisations.

  • SEMLEP's Growth Hub

    A FREE service which could help you to achieve your business ambitions regardless of whether you are considering starting up or already running a business or social enterprise.

  • South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP)

    SEMLEP's Velocity Business Support Programme is a free business support service providing advice and guidance to ambitious small to medium-sized businesses that want to go further.

  • Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce

    The objective of the Chamber is to promote and protect businesses in Wellingborough and District

Central Government

  • 10 Downing Street

    This site's purpose is to promote the UK overseas, communicate Government news and information, explain the role and history of Number 10 as a building, and the office of Prime Minister as an institution.

  • Advice on changing your name

  • Cabinet Office

    The Cabinet Office's role is to support the Government's delivery and reform programme.

  • Department For Culture, Media & Sport

    The Department For Culture, Media & Sport aims to improve the quality of life for all cultural and sporting activities and through the strengthening of the tourism, creative and leisure industries.

  • Department For Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

    Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) was created in June 2001 * to drive forward the Government's programmes on the environment, food and rural affairs. They work for the essentials of life - food, air, land, water, people, animals and plants. Their remit is the pursuit of sustainable development - weaving together economic, social and environmental concerns.

  • Department For Health

    Providing health and social care policy, guidance and publications

  • Department For International Development

    The Department for International Development (DFID) was established in 1997, as the successor to the Overseas Development Administration, previously part of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

  • Department For Transport

    The Department for Transport's vision is for a transport system that is an engine for economic growth, but one that is also greener and safer and improves quality of life in our communities

  • Department For Works & Pensions

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for the Government's welfare reform agenda. Its aim is to promote opportunity and independence for all. It delivers support and advice through a modern network of services to people of working age, employers, pensioners, families and children and disabled people.

  • Department Of Trade & Industry

    The DTI drives the Government's ambition of 'prosperity for all' by working to create the best environment for business success in the UK. They help people and companies become more productive by promoting enterprise, innovation and creativity.

  • European Union

    The European Union (EU) is a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity. It is not a State intended to replace existing states, but it is more than any other international organisation. Its Member States have set up common institutions to which they delegate some of their sovereignty so that decisions on specific matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level.

  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides a range of essential services to the public - from advising British travellers to issuing UK visas and promoting trade and investment opportunities overseas.

  • Her Majesty's Stationary Office

    HMSO delivers a wide range of services to the public, information industry and government relating to access and re-use of government information.

  • HM Customs and Excise

    HM Customs and Excise is a Government department with responsibility for collecting billions of pounds in revenue each year in VAT, other taxes and customs duties. We also have a vital front-line role in protecting our society from illegal imports of drugs, alcohol and tobacco smuggling and tax fraud.

  • HM Treasury

    HM Treasury aims to raise the rate of sustainable growth and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life, with economic and employment opportunities for all.

  • Home Office

    The Home Office is the Government department responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales.

  • Ministry Of Defence

    The purpose of the Ministry of Defence, and the Armed Forces, is to defend the United Kingdom, and Overseas Territories, our people and interests; act as a force for good by strengthening international peace and security.

  • Office for National Statistics

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for running the decennial Census of Population. Since 1801, every 10 years (with the exception of 1941) the nation has set aside one day for the Census - a count of all people and households. It is the most complete source of information about the population that we have. The latest Census was held on Sunday 29 April 2001

  • Office Of The Leader Of The House Of Commons

    This website highlights the many steps taken to give more accountable Government, enable Parliament to hold the executive to account and to provide the lively debate that every good democracy needs.

  • Privy Council Office

    The Privy Council is one of the oldest parts of Government, but it has, over time, adapted to reflect the fact that the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy. Appointment to the Privy Council is for life, but only Ministers of the democratically elected Government of the day participate in its policy work.

  • Stationery Office Official Documents

    The Official Documents website contains a selection of Government titles covering a very broad range of topics including the economy, work and welfare, health, transport and the environment.

  • They Work For You

    TheyWorkForYou.com is a non-partisan, volunteer-run website which aims to make it easy for people to keep tabs on their elected and unelected representatives in Parliament.

  • UK Passport Office

    HM Passport Office is the sole issuer of UK passports and responsible for civil registration services through the General Register Office.

    HM Passport Office is an executive agency of the Home Office.

  • UK Trade & Investment

    UK Trade & Investment's trade services offer support to companies based in the UK to achieve their export potential.

  • Valuation Office

Charity Commission

  • Charity Commission for England and Wales

    The Charity Commission is established by law as the regulator and registrar for charities in England and Wales. Our aim is to provide the best possible regulation of charities in England and Wales in order to increase charities' effectiveness and public confidence and trust.

Community, People and Living

  • Awards for All

    Awards for All is a Lottery grants scheme aimed at local communities, awarding grants of between £500 and £5,000 in a simple and straightforward way. Awards for All can fund projects that enable people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, as well as projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community.

  • BBC Radio Northampton

    104.2/103.6 FM

  • Chronicle and Echo

  • Crimestoppers

    Crimestoppers operates across the UK to help identify, prevent, solve and reduce crime. This invaluable community service enables anyone with details of criminal activity to pass them on anonymously, without fear of exposure or retribution.

  • Directory of free local services

    Compiled by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

  • Evening Telegraph

    Property Supplement - Wednesday

  • Find the nearest Registry Office

  • Fire Kills

    Stop a fire happening in your home. These webpages explain what to do, what to check and what to avoid doing.

  • FixMyStreet

    FixMyStreet is a site to help people report, view, or discuss local problems they’ve found to their local council by simply locating them on a map.

  • Heart Northants Radio

    96.6 FM/ 1557 AM

  • Irchester Pear Tree Corner

    Community website for the residents of Irchester

  • Northamptonshire ACRE

    Supports and enables rural communities to participate in local decision making

  • Northamptonshire Family History Society

    The Society was formed in 1976 and since then membership has expanded in this country and abroad. It consists of complete beginners as well as more experienced people who have pursued the hunt for ancestors over several years. Family history is a subject which appeals to all age-groups and need not be expensive!

  • Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service

    Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is a local authority Fire Brigade. This Fire Service has been in its present form since the amalgamation of Northampton Borough Fire Brigade and Northamptonshire Fire Brigade in 1974.

Council and Democracy

  • Local Government Ombudsman

    You can use this website to make a complaint to the Ombudsman or to find out more about the Ombudsmen's work.

  • The Electoral Commission

    An independent body that was set up by the UK Parliament in November 2000. It's aim is to increase public confidence in the democratic process within the United Kingdom - and encourage people to take part - by modernising the electoral process, promoting public awareness of electoral matters, and regulating political parties.

  • Write to Them

    Contact your Councillors, MP, MEPs, MSPs, or Welsh and London Assembly Members for free

Development and Planning Services

  • Local Authority Building Control

    Local Authority Building Control (LABC) is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in building design and construction. LABC is a publicly accountable, independent building control provider. Our aim is to assist you in producing high quality buildings that meet the minimum requirements of the Building Regulations in a time scale which keeps your costs to a minimum.

  • North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit

    Co-ordination of spatial planning is essential to support the work of the local delivery vehicle. The districts of Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants and the County Council have established a Joint Planning Unit (JPU) which formally became operational on October 1st 2004. The Unit comprises a Planning Manager and a team of officers seconded part-time from the districts and the County Council.

  • The Land Registry

    The Land Registry guarantee the title to registered land in England and Wales and hold records for land ownership and interests.

  • The Planning Inspectorate

    The Planning Inspectorate's main work is the processing of planning and enforcement appeals and holding inquiries into local development plans. They also deal with a wide variety of other planning related casework including listed building consent appeals, advertisement appeals, and reporting on planning applications.

  • The Planning Portal

    The Planning Portal offers a wide range of services and guidance on the planning system.

Disabled Services

  • Aidis Trust

    www.aidis.org has been developed to help Disabled People make best use of information and communication technology by giving information, help and support on all aspects of disability computing.

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission

    Promotes and monitors human rights; protects, enforces and promotes equality across the nine "protected" grounds - age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.


  • Bullying

    Website dedicated to teaching people how to solve the problem of bullying.

  • Bullying Online

    Bullying Online was founded in April 1999 by Liz Carnell and her son John, as a direct result of their experience of dealing with school bullying. They decided to share their knowledge with other parents and pupils and identified the Internet as the most cost effective medium. Bullying Online became a UK-registered charity in May 2000 and has four trustees.

  • Department for Education

    The Department for Education was formed on 12 May 2010 and is responsible for education and children's services.

  • Northampton College

  • Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)

    Ofsted is a non-ministerial government department established under the Education (Schools) Act 1992 to take responsibility for the inspection of all schools in England. Its role also includes the inspection of local education authorities, teacher training institutions and youth work. During 2001, Ofsted became responsible for inspecting all 16-19 education and for the regulation of early years childcare, including childminders.

  • Sir Christopher Hatton School

    A Grant maintained co-educational school for 11- 18 year olds.

  • The Good Schools Guide

    A comprehensive listing of all the public information available on all County schools - from addresses, head teachers and pupil numbers through to exam results.

  • UCAS

    UCAS is the central organisation that processes applications for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges.

  • University College Northampton

  • Weavers School

    Co-educational Grant Maintained school for 11 - 18 year olds.

  • Wrenn School

    Grant maintained Co-educational school for 11- 18 year olds.


  • Flood Re

    Flood Re is the national scheme designed to help provide better access to affordable home insurance for those in high flood-risk areas across the UK. It represents a long-term, sustainable approach to providing home insurance for those at flood risk.

  • Preparing For Emergencies

    This website includes the common sense advice found in the Preparing for Emergencies booklet, and information on what the government is doing to protect the country as a whole.


  • Energy Saving Secrets

    Advice on how to save energy, money and the environment.

  • Flood Alerts

    Are you at risk of flooding? Find current flood warnings in force, how to prepare for flooding, and what the Environment Agency is doing to help. Phone 0845 988 1188

  • Institution of Waste Management

    The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), is the professional body which represents over 6,000 waste management professionals - predominantly in the UK but also overseas. The CIWM sets the professional standards for individuals working in the waste management industry and has various grades of membership determined by education, qualification and experience.

  • Recyclingexpert.co.uk

    How to recycle just about anything

  • The Environment Agency

    The leading public body responsible for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales.

  • The UK National Air Quality Information Archive

    You can find national air quality information, statistics and forecasts which include the Wellingborough area below

  • www.ecofriendlykids.co.uk

    All about kids and the Environment

  • www.ecotravelling.co.uk

    Sensible travel can save the environment

  • www.sustainablebuild.co.uk

    Eco-Friendly Building Tips and Advice.


  • Health & Safety Executive

    Britain's Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain.

  • Health Protection Agency

    The Health Protection Agency is a new national organisation for England and Wales. It is dedicated to protecting people's health and reducing the impact of infectious diseases, chemical hazards, poisons and radiation hazards. It brings together the expertise of health and scientific professionals.

  • Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP)

    Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP), formerly known as the Northamptonshire STP, consists of key health and care providers in the county.

  • St John Ambulance

    St. John Ambulance is the single largest provider of First Aid Services in the United Kingdom. Northamptonshire provides a professional Ambulance and First Aider Service to public and private organisations or individuals.

  • The National Health Service

    This site connects you to your local NHS services and provides national information about the NHS. Find out what the NHS is, how the NHS works, and how you can use it.

  • Visioncall

    Visioncall are a UK provider of free home eye tests for the elderly.

Health and Social Care

  • Age UK

    Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to become Age UK. They work to improve later life for everyone by providing life-enhancing services and vital support.

  • Care Quality Commission

    Advice and information that will help you find and choose the right health and social care for you.

  • ChildcareLink

    Childcare Link is a government site providing information on local and national childcare.

  • Family Rights Group

    Family Rights Group (FRG) was established as a registered charity in 1974 to provide advice and support for families whose children are involved with social services. FRG works to improve the services received by these families.

  • Independent Living

    The UK's leading site for disabled and elderly people, carers and healthcare professionals, with information, news, views and products.

  • Life Coach Directory

    Find a business or life coach near you.

  • Mencap

    Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers. Mencap offers information and advice on a range of learning disability issues, provide support, including housing, education, employment and leisure activities and campaign to bring about positive changes in the people's lives.

  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS

    The main provider of mental health, learning disability, sexual health and drug and alcohol services for people living in Northamptonshire.

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline

    24 hour Tel: 0207 772 3348

  • Rehab 4 Addiction

    Imparting valuable free advice for people seeking drug and alcohol rehabilitation

  • Rehab Guide

  • Samaritans

    Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

  • Step by step recovery

    Step by step offer free UK-wide advice and support on addiction and recovery.

  • Wellingborough and District association for Mental Health - MIND

    Wellingborough Mind is a registered charity dedicated to assisting and supporting mental health sufferers within the local community. We provide counselling, therapy and social activities to help people combat their mental health issues.


  • Council Exchange and Homeswap List

    Countrywide lists of available exchanges and homeswaps.

  • East Midlands Housing

    East Midland Housing provides over 6500 quality, affordable homes for Rent and Shared-Ownership throughout the East Midlands.

  • Home Housing Association

    Home Housing Association provides a variety of affordable homes for rent and shared ownership throughout the North of England, Yorkshire and the Midlands. They currently manage over 23,000 properties and help people from all backgrounds to find homes and neighbourhoods they are happy to live in.

  • Housing & Care 21

    Housing & Care 21 has more than 35 years experience providing services for older people. They currently provide sheltered housing to nearly 16,000 older people and make around 2 million home care visits a year.

  • HousingNet

    A UK Housing Association & Local Authority Information Directory. Home of the AddressBook, a standalone database of HA & LA contact information for list building.

  • Orbit Housing Association

    Orbit Housing Association is the largest Association in the Orbit Housing Group and manages homes across the country.

  • Shelter

    Shelter is a national organisation with local solutions working to improve the lives of homeless and badly housed people. They provide free, professional and independent advice to over 100,000 people each year throughout England and Scotland.

  • UK Homeswap

    Our site covers council house exchange, homeswap, housing association exchanges in the UK.

  • Wellingborough Homes

    Wellingborough Homes

Jobs and Careers

  • Jobmatch

    Search for full or part-time jobs in Great Britain and abroad.

  • The Prince's Trust

    UK charity that helps young people overcome barriers and get their lives working.

  • Workthing

    Workthing is a unique jobsite that matches candidates with jobs direct from UK's leading employers across all sectors, job types and at all levels.

Leisure and Culture

  • BBC Northamptonshire

  • Ecton

    Ecton Village website

  • English Heritage

    English Heritage make sure that the historic environment of England is properly maintained and cared for. By employing some of the country's very best architects, archaeologists and historians, English Heritage aim to help people understand and appreciate why the historic buildings and landscapes around them matter.

  • Great Doddington

    Great Doddington village website.

  • Grendon Village Website

    Its aim is to provide easy to access information on anything related to Grendon and its surroundings.

  • The Castle

    The Castle, Wellingborough Ltd is a theatre, cinema and arts centre serving the local community in Wellingborough and Northamptonshire. Castle Way, Wellingborough, Northants Tel: 01933 270007

  • Wicksteed Park

    The UK's oldest leisure park which is based in Kettering.

Local Authorities

Software Tools

  • Content Management

    Jadu Content Management (CMS) powers this website and enables the council to publish content to the web.


  • Northampton International Raceway

    Brafield-on-the-Green, Northampton Tel: 01285 740650

  • Northampton Saints Rugby Club

    Premiership rugby from August through to May. Contact the club or check the website for fixture details. Location: Franklins Gardens, Northampton. Tel: 01604-751543

  • Northampton Town Football Club

    Location: Sixfields Stadium, Northampton, Tel: 01604-757773

  • Northamptonshire County Cricket Club

    First class County Cricket during the summer months. Contact NCCC for fixtures. Location: Wantage Road, Northampton. Tel: 01604-514455

  • Northamptonshire Sport

    Northamptonshire Sport brings together a range of different organisations that are involved in the delivery of sport across Northamptonshire. Northamptonshire Sport will create, develop, co-ordinate and promote opportunities for all the community to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation.

  • Silverstone Circuit

    Silverstone, Towcester, Northants, NN12 8TN Tel: 08704 588260

  • Wellingborough Golf Club

    Wellingborough Events Management Ltd, Harrowden Hall, Great Harrowden, Wellingborough, Northants, NN9 5AD Tel:01933 678833 Fax:01933 676134

Transport and Streets

  • Bing Maps

    View street maps

  • Highways Agency

    The Highways Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT), and is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport. They have a major role in delivering the Government's Ten Year Plan for Transport. They also fulfil an international role by building good working relationships and sharing experience and expertise with other overseas road administrations. This helps promote the value of UK knowledge, expertise and best practice across the world to support UK industry.

  • National Express

    The UK's largest scheduled coach company.

  • Stagecoach

    See the Stagecoach web site for service timetables (PDF format), journey finder, news stories and special fare offers.

  • Street Doctor

    Report problems with Roads, Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti etc on-line

  • Sywell Aerodrome

    Sywell, Northampton Tel: 01604 654790

  • Traveline

    A service which provides impartial journey planning information about all public transport services - buses, coaches, trains, ferries, trams, metro and underground - throughout England, Wales and Scotland. At present it offers information based on details in published timetables.


Voluntary Sector Agencies

  • British Red Cross

    British Red Cross are a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. Find out more about how we help.