Synergy celebrates successful first year as more organisations get on-board

Dacorum Synergy Team. From left, Chris Connolly, Jill Wood and Julie Ford.
Dacorum Synergy Team. From left, Chris Connolly, Jill Wood and Julie Ford.

A project that has seen agencies join forces to provide a more joined up approach to helping people is now growing.

The Lottery funded Synergy Dacorum scheme- led by Dacorum District Citizens Advice Bureau - brings together 13 advice agencies to help people with a wide range of issues including benefits, debt, housing, relationship problems or addiction issues.

It is now moving into its second year and more local organisations are joining the project, with The Salvation Army, The Centre in the Park and Dacorum Mencap getting on-board.

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.”

Since it was launched last November, more than 250 people have been helped to get the specialist advice and support they need.

The original Synergy Dacorum partners are CAB, 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.

Victoria said: “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.”

Dacorum District CAB has offices in Hillfield Road, Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted’s Civic Centre in High Street.