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.