Advice scheme success

The HAPEN Advice Network held an event to mark its achievements in its first year. Mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher is pictured along with HAPEN staff (from left) Jodie Hind, Paul Burton, Dawn Clennett and Val Evens (CORR).
The HAPEN Advice Network held an event to mark its achievements in its first year. Mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher is pictured along with HAPEN staff (from left) Jodie Hind, Paul Burton, Dawn Clennett and Val Evens (CORR).
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AN advice service has celebrated a successful first year in operation.

The Hartlepool Advice Partnership Network (HAPEN) is a two-year Big Lottery Funded project which aims to make it easier for the public to find the help and advice they need.

The group allows advice-giving organisations to work together and develop a central access point to other advice services.

The project has just completed its first year, and marked the occasion with a presentation at West View Advice and Resource Centre.

Project co-ordinator Dawn Clennett showcased a variety of initiatives which the network has set up to help improve the advice services on offer.

She said: “Some of the new services we have established include an emergency debt advice service, money management workshops, out of hours specialist advice appointments and an IT Jobclub for 16-25-year-olds.

“At the start of the project we asked the public what they wanted from their advice services, these services are a result of that feedback and have all proved very popular.”

The network also has its own website www.hapen.co.uk and can be contacted on (01429) 271294 for more information.