Since 1990 Daventry Volunteer Centre has been promoting all aspects of volunteering in the local area. Our work includes:

  • recruiting volunteers for local charities and not for profit organisations;
  • delivering direct services through our projects to meet local need;
  • offering capacity building support to local voluntary and community organisations;
  • working in partnership with the local authorities and other agencies in order to share resources and deliver better services; and
  • hosting the Daventry Voluntary & Community Sector Forum that brings together local organisations and agencies to network, share information, deliver training and develop collaborative working.

We are staffed by a team of paid workers and volunteers, overseen by a volunteer Trustee Board who are responsible for the overall management of the Volunteer Centre. The Trustee Board is comprised of Agency and Volunteer Representatives, Advisory Members and Independent Members. 

Our Trustee Board
Derval O'Brien - Chair/Independent
Joshua Toms - Treasurer/Independent
Carella Davies - Secretary
Annette Dunn - Independent
Stephen Cave- Independent
Pam Tomalin - Independent
Cllr Alan Hills - DDC Advisory Member
Dave Berry - Daventry CAB Agency Rep
John Lee - Volunteer Rep

Carella Davies

Carella has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years and at the Daventry Volunteer Centre for the last 21 years.

Her background in counselling and youth work, and positions as Chair of the Daventry Local Strategic Partnership, the Daventry Voluntary & Community Sector Forum and board member of the Health & Wellbeing Partnership allow her to play a leading role in promoting partnership collaboration and developing infrastructure support to the sector in Northamptonshire.

As a volunteer she is Secretary to the Daventry District Welfare Foundation.

Nicola Toms
Happy at Home Project Manager

Nicola works as the project manager for the Happy at Home Project which is a Big Lottery Funded project helping reduce the feelings of isolation in elderly residents across Daventry and South Northants Districts, and enabling them to remain living independently in their own homes.

Nicola recruits volunteer visitors, and organises social events to bring local residents together and to promote the project.

Sharon Foulkes
Happy at Home

Sharon has worked for the Happy@Home project in the South Northants area since 2015.

Sharon is field-based but can be contacted through the office at the Daventry Volunteer Centre. 

Debbie Larkin
Happy at Home

Debbie is a project worker for the Happy@Home Project and covers the Northampton area. She recruits, supports and trains volunteers to befriend local elderly residents. 

Chris Kelly
Building Better Opportunities

Chris is the project co-ordinator for Building Better Opportunities and volunteering co-ordinator - the first port of call for all volunteer enquiries. 

Chris is based downstairs in the DVC office at the New Street Centre.

Daventry Volunteer Centre (DVC) has been a registered Charity (No: 802879) since 1990 with NCVO Quality Standards Accreditation. The work of DVC is based around NCVO's 5 core functions for Volunteer Centres and the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Membership of DVC includes around 300 local not-for profit-organisations.

Our members are offered capacity building support (funded through Daventry District Council) plus good practice information and advice, information on the DVC website, regular e-bulletins including consultations, funding information, and access to free or low cost training opportunities, the quarterly DVC Newsletter, and membership of the Daventry VCS Forum.

Our Core Aims

Daventry Volunteer Centre delivers NCVO's core aims of:

  • Strategic Development of Volunteering - Through the activity of the Volunteer Centre and its engagement with local networks and decision makers there is a positive environment in which volunteering flourishes.
  • Good Practice Development - Through the activity of the Volunteer Centre organisations from all sectors (involving or providing volunteers) improve or attain positive consistency in their volunteering programmes.
  • Developing Volunteering Opportunities - The Volunteer Centre’s development activity increases and improves the quantity, quality, and diversity of volunteering locally.
  • Voice of Volunteering - Through the Volunteer Centre’s activities there is an increased awareness of the issues impacting on volunteering.
  • Brokerage - Through the Volunteer Centre’s activities the general public and all sectors are better informed about, and have access to, an effective and efficient brokerage service. Both individuals and groups interested in volunteering are matched with appropriate opportunities in the local community. Volunteer Centres hold information on a comprehensive range of opportunities and offer potential volunteers support and advice matching their motivation to volunteer with appropriate volunteering opportunities.

The district is a large, mainly rural area of 257 square miles in the West of Northamptonshire. It is the largest district in the County, but has the second smallest population and the lowest population density per hectare. It is made up of 74 parishes plus the expanding town of Daventry, where around 25,000 of the Districts 77,843 population live (2011 Census data).

Daventry is a market, shopping and administrative town, and is the District’s main employment centre. More than half of the District’s 78 villages have a population of less than 300, while the three larger villages of Brixworth, Long Buckby and Moulton each have a population of more than 3000.

The District's residents form 31,647 households, 74% of which are owned, 14% are social housing and 12% are privately rented. The population is expected to have risen by 7.9% by 2021. The fastest growing age bracket is those aged 60 – 64 years and Daventry District Council has produced an Older Persons Strategy to implement services to meet the needs of the increasing older population of the district.

Get in touch

Daventry Volunteer Centre is located in the Daventry District Welfare Foundation Building next to Tesco in Daventry town centre.

Our postal address is 13 New Street, Daventry, NN11 3BT.

For all queries please contact 01327 300614 or get in touch via email –

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