RIVER NETWORK CHARITY, offering information, guidance, signposting & support. Our Board, Leaders and team come with decades of credibility, Professional experience and qualifications. With this experience, heart and local need are always looking to expand our services. We are currently expanding our homeless and housing provision in Belper.
We are Charity reaching out and helping the community through Christian concern via:
- Youth work
- Children’s services
- Family services
- Alternative education
- Home schooling
- Homeschooling Hub
- Housing Accommodation
- Training and Qualifications
- Mental Health
- Through practical and holistic development.
Looking For Accommodation?
River Network offers secure and reasonably priced housing options in Derbyshire. Whether you need assistance in organising your life, accessing suitable benefits, or obtaining specific support for a health condition, we are available to help you find a suitable home.
Belper is a town and civil parish in the local government district of Amber Valley in Derbyshire, England, located about 7 miles (11 km) north of Derby on the River Derwent. As well as Belper itself, the parish also includes the village of Milford and the hamlets of Bargate, Blackbrook and Makeney. As of the 2011 Census, the parish had a population of 21,823. Originally a centre for the nail-making industry since Medieval times, Belper expanded during the early Industrial Revolution to become one of the first mill towns with the establishment of several textile mills; as such, it forms part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
The town’s name is thought to be a corruption of Beaurepaire – meaning beautiful retreat – the name given to a hunting lodge, the first record of which being in a charter of 1231. This would have been the property of Edmund Crouchback, 1st Earl of Lancaster who died in 1296, the record of his estate mentioning “a capital mansion”.