Northants Page

Whilst Charity Link began its work in Leicester in 1876, we’ve been supporting people in poverty, hardship or crisis in Northamptonshire since 2012.

Charity Link’s model of working is a unique, efficient and extremely effective way of accessing grants and support for individuals and families and ensuring that help reaches the most vulnerable people in our communities. Like our work in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the object of our work in Northamptonshire is simple: to reach out to more vulnerable people in need during these very difficult times.


Do you work with vulnerable people in Northamptonshire?

Click here to find out how we can help your clients, or click here for our online application form.


What does Charity Link in Northamptonshire do?

Charity Link helps by providing essential items that don’t always cost a huge amount but can make a huge difference to someone’s quality of life, including beds, fridges, cookers, furniture and clothing.

In 2015-16 we were able to provide vulnerable households in Northamptonshire with items worth over £142,000.

Over the past twelve months* we’ve helped 1058 people, 428 of which were children.

Since the ending of the Northampton County Council Sustaining Independent Living (SIL) scheme in March 2015 (which provided recycled goods and clothing vouchers to those in need and crisis, and which our services were expected to complement when we began our work in the county), we have seen a substantial increase in the number of vulnerable local people needing our help.

Our support is vital: thousands of people in Northamptonshire are affected by poverty, including 21,000 children. One in five children in Northampton and Corby are living in poverty.

We need the support of the local community to ensure that we can help more local vulnerable people who might otherwise slip through the net.

Charity Link must raise over £50,000 each year to continue our vital services in Northamptonshire.

How you can help:

  • Follow us on Twitter @charitylink
  • Like our Facebook page at for updates on our work and events
  • Join our mailing list to receive the Charity Link newsletter twice a year, telling you all about our activities throughout Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland – email
  • Sign up for our quarterly Northamptonshire Ebulletin – email 
  • Organise an event or fundraising activity – or support one of ours!
  • Help spread the word – we can provide leaflets or posters
  • Donate or become a Friend of Charity Link
  • Nominate us as the charity beneficiary at your company/club/school
  • Remember us in your will
  • Volunteer your time

With your support we can make a real difference. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Rachel Markham, Communications and Fundraising Officer, at, call 0116 222 2218 (please call 0116 222 2200 for referral/client enquiries) or click on the ‘Get Involved’ tab below to find out more about local activities.


*To March 2017

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Reema was alone

Reema was only 17 years old when she was forced to leave her family home where she was being physically abused. She left with no belongings, no money, she didn’t even have time to grab a coat.  

Reema is now living in a young person’s hostel and was referred to Leicester Charity Link by her Support Worker in November. Despite her circumstances, Reema was determined to continue with her A-Levels and read Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University. She had to leave the hostel at 7.30am each day to catch two buses, and was travelling in the cold, wearing only thin summer clothes, no coat and worn summer sandals. Once Reema had paid her rent she was left with only £16.80 to live off to buy food and toiletries. She had just started to receive Educational Maintenance Allowance but this only just covered the cost of her school books and equipment. She tried saving but this meant going without food.

We helped immediately and provided Reema with £100 worth of High Street vouchers to buy some new clothes.We also provided Reema with £1,500 through The Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation so that she could continue with her studies.