John Whittingdale opened the new "One Place", a multi-agency information, advice and support centre in the High Street Burnham-on-Crouch.
In order to avoid the problem of individuals being passed from agency to agency, One Place offers a single centre bringing together the voluntary, statutory and private sectors to provide a diverse range of services under one roof. This includes Tourist and Community Information, Policing, social and health care themes, training and volunteering opportunities and access to specialist advice. The key partners are The Dengie Project Trust, Essex Police, Maldon District Council, Mid Essex Primary Care Trust and Burnham Town Council.
John Whittingdale said: "A huge amount of work has gone in to make Burnham's One Place a reality. I especially congratulate Jacqueline Sinden of the Dengie Project Trust for her vision and determination. One Place will be a fantastic resource for residents of Burnham and the Dengie Peninsula and provides a model for other communities to follow."
Pictured are: Peter Newton (Dengie Project Trust), Jackie Tosic (Healthy Living Solutions), Jacqueline Sinden (Dengie Project Trust), Cllr Sheila Young (Chairman, Maldon DC), Cllr Robert Chambers (Chairman, Essex Police Authority), John Whittingdale, Cllr Carole Noble (Mayor of Burnham), Cllr Bob Boyce (Essex County Council) and Vikki Massey.