New Wath recruit helps shape future of advice services

Mel Swanwick.
Mel Swanwick.

A former youth worker has taken on a new role to help improve access to advice services close to home.

Mel Swanwick has been appointed business development officer for Doncaster Advice Services Partnership (DASP), a new initiative that brings local support agencies together to give people the most appropriate advice more quickly and efficiently.

DASP provides information on a range of issues with a focus on debt, housing, welfare and employment law which affect thousands of people in the borough.

Mel, who lives in Wath, is based at Doncaster West Development Trust (DWDT) in Conisbrough, one of the lead organisations delivering the Lottery-funded project.

She also has wide experience of supporting voluntary and community groups as well as bid-writing to secure funding for local initiatives.

“The aim of DASP is to provide more co-ordinated services so that people are referred to the best one for them as soon as possible to resolve their issues,” she explained.

By providing the right advice when people need it most, the initiative also aims to improve mental health and wellbeing, motivation and the ability to overcome personal barriers to progress.

Mel will help to raise awareness of DASP, explore opportunities to recruit volunteers and work with partner organisations to develop the project and secure funding for its future.

People can get the support they need, free of charge, by telephoning DASP on 01302 217777 or emailing Further details can be found on the website at

In addition to the DASP project, DWDT also offers free services to support people with job-hunting, training, money management and moving on from substance misuse. For more information, telephone 01709 866444 or visit the website at