A Corby cause dedicated to giving families practical support has been given by a boost by a well known firm.

Online shopping giant Amazon have donated £2,000 to Corby Home Start.

It's part of Amazon's local community support programme - the company's charity committee recently visited the group at the Pen Green Centre in the town to find out more about their work.

Volunteers from the cause spend a few hours a week with families in order to offer emotional support, and advice with issues such as budgeting and parenting.

A new extension at Corby Technical School has doubled its total size, say those behind the venture.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday ( Dec 5 ) following work over the past year to develop the extension at the school on Cottingham Road.

£6.8m was the cost funded by the county council for the school which is over-subscribed.

The extension consists of twenty new classrooms, sixth form space, a lecture theatre, media studies and music department as well as drama studio.

The principal of the school thanked those involved in its construction at the event - and says the extension will allow it to expand the school's number of students.

A new project backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund is looking to find the "Living Legends, Hidden Histories" of Corby.

Arts collective Made in Corby have been successful in claiming £10,000 from the fund for the project to uncover hidden histories in the town, that also reflect Corby's changing population.

The idea has been inspired by the Facebook page "Humans of New York" and is looking for local people who may have an extraordinary story, uncelebrated achievement or suprising fact about their life.

Nominations are being taken online at madeincorby.co.uk and close in January, with an exhibition of photos and stories from the ten successful nominees planned for the town's Rooftop Arts Centre.

 

Volunteers with a Corby rough sleeping shelter are highlighting the issue this weekend with a "sleepout" at Coronation Park in the town over this weekend ( Dec (2/3).

For those involved with Corby Nightlight it follows weeks in which they have supported a number of people on the streets from the St Peter and St Andrew Church  on Beanfield Avenue.

Co-ordinator Nicola Pell has told us they are still working on moving into a permanent base in the long-term.

Corby has been awarded a national accolade for the strength of its development in recent years.

Corby was named the "greatest town in the U.K. and Ireland" by the Academy for Urbanism at a ceremony in London on Wednesday.

Coventry and Milton Keynes were also nominated for the Great Town Award, one of a number to recognise the best, most enduring or improved urban areas.

The academy said Corby had won due to a regeneration strategy which had attracted new jobs into the town while delivering a good quality of lifefor a growing population - which included new amenities in the town centre and community centres in new housing areas.

Support programmes such as Growing Corby and Enterprise 4 Corby were also mentioned in the nomination put forward to the Academy.

The award was collected by the leader of Corby Borough Council and the Mayor of Corby.

Corby will also be featured in a forthcoming book by the Academy of Urbanism, and a poem about the town has also been composed.