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Multi-Agency Centre set for launch in Dunmow

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A drop-in centre offering a 'one-stop shop' of free advice and support from a wide range of public services is to be rolled out in Great Dunmow.

The first Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) will take place on Monday 10 July at Rowena Davey Centre (the Day Centre) in Chequers Lane, and will then be held every second Monday of the month, from 10am-midday, at the same venue.

It brings together, under one roof, agencies which can advise on issues such as dealing with debt, budgeting, benefits, housing and eviction, domestic abuse, and support with mental illness.

Organisations involved include the Department for Work and Pensions, Uttlesford District Council, Family Mosaic, Citizens Advice, Family Mosaic, Mind in West Essex, Essex Children's Centres, Adult Community Learning, Open Road, and Uttlesfordsave Credit Union.

Fiona Gardiner, Uttlesford District Council's Communities Manager, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to expand the multi-agency centre into Dunmow. Having a wide range of agencies in one place will make it easier for local residents to get the extra free support and advice they need, regardless of their circumstances."

The MAC is established in other parts of Essex, including in Saffron Walden where a drop-in service is held on the last Monday of the month at Uttlesford District Council's Offices, London Road, from 10am-midday.