Doncaster group’s £650, 000 cash boost for money matters and training scheme projects

Marisa Graziano, chief executive of DWDT.
Marisa Graziano, chief executive of DWDT.

Hundreds of Doncaster residents will benefit from a community training café and a debt support service thanks to grants of more than £650, 000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The cash windfall was awarded to the Doncaster West Development Trust, which will pay for one-to-one money mentoring for residents across the borough.

It will also enable the delivery of a training project in Denaby aimed at tackling social isolation and skills shortages.

The projects will create five new jobs and be funded for three years.

Marisa Graziano, chief executive of DWDT, said: “For many people our Money Matters service is a lifeline that helps them to find a way out of spiralling debt and the stress and anxiety that goes with it. This project has already supported hundreds of people to become more financially aware and resilient, leading to happier families and brighter futures.

“We are also extremely excited to be launching the Hot Chocolate Lounge in Denaby which will give residents a brilliant new facility in the heart of their community. They can get together for purely social reasons or make the most of the training and volunteering options on offer.

“We are delighted with the Lottery’s ongoing support of our work to improve the lives and prospects of Doncaster people and we look forward to seeing some fantastic results.”

Through the Money Matters scheme, based out of the DWDT’s headquarters at The Terrace in Conisbrough, financial advisers will offer help on financial awareness and budgeting skills.

The Hot Chocolate Lounge, based at the Denaby Skills Development Centre in Grays Court, Denaby, will give people a much needed community hub where they can meet, set up clubs and activities or access volunteering, work and training opportunities. Due to open this September, it will also offer accredited training programmes, including barista skills and customer service along with volunteer roles.