Synergy Dacorum, a Big Lottery funded project bringing together 13 advice agencies to offer a more joined up approach to giving people help and support, is now moving into its second year – and it’s growing.
The project – led by the Dacorum District Citizens Advice Bureau – has been developed for those who need help in a wide range of areas including benefits, debt, housing, relationship issues, mental health or addiction problems and more.
Since it was launched last November, over 250 local people have been guided through to get the specialist advice and support they need more effectively and without simply being ‘signposted’ and having to repeat their story over again.
Along with the CAB, the original 12 Synergy Dacorum partners are; Carers in Hertfordshire, Dacorum Community Trust, DENS in Dacorum, Volunteer Centre Dacorum, Relate Dacorum, Three Rivers and Watford, Druglink, Age UK Dacorum, Dacorum Local Partnership of Schools, Community Action Dacourm, Mediation Hertfordshire, Herts Mind Network and Dacorum Borough Council.
Dacorum District CAB boss Victoria MacGregor said: “I am really excited about the success of the Synergy Dacorum project in its first year. We are meeting our key objective of bringing together specialists in the many advice agencies within our area and offering genuinely joined-up support to local people for the issues they face.
A key goal for all the partners in this project has been that the more vulnerable members of our community should be able to access all of the advice services they need more easily – and we are seeing this happening.
With this in mind I am very pleased to welcome on board three new partner organisations who are joining Synergy Dacorum this year: The Salvation Army, The Centre in the Park and Dacorum Mencap.
We all recognise the fantastic work of these organisations and we really value their participation in Synergy Dacorum. All of us involved in the partnership are continuing to work to improve our services and explore new ways in which our project can make a real difference to people’s lives – and to enable the Synergy process to continue beyond the end of the Lottery project.”