About Doncaster West Development Trust

Marisa Graziano

Doncaster West Development Trust (DWDT) was established in 1993 by Marisa Graziano working alongside local people determined to support their communities.

We wanted to make a positive difference to the coalfield communities in West Doncaster that were so severely affected by pit closures. Originally operating as Conisbrough and Denaby Development Trust (CDDT), we changed our name in 2009.

Prior to moving to Mexborough Business Centre DWDT was based at The Terrace in Conisbrough from 1993 until April 2017.  DWDT has responded to developing social issues and evolved from an organisation serving Conisbrough and Denaby into one that provides much-needed outreach services for people across the borough. With staff widely available at community venues, we give our support when and where it’s needed.

Central to our mission is to tackle hardship and unemployment by removing barriers that hold people back such as a lack of opportunities, knowledge, skills or confidence.

We therefore continue to seek the funding that will help us achieve this goal. We provide information, advice, guidance and training on a range of issues including money management, substance and alcohol misuse, education, employment and online resources. Our sustained efforts have resulted in huge improvements for countless people and we are as committed as ever to doing more.

DWDT is a social enterprise (a not for profit company limited by guarantee).  This means that as well as delivering most of our services free of charge any surplus funds are reinvested into more projects that benefit the people of Doncaster.

With the backing of our board and volunteers, the staff team of DWDT is committed to delivering quality assured services that help people to make real and lasting changes in their lives.

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