Doncaster West Development Trust was celebrating the achievement of a quality mark this week, for services it provides to support people into education, employment or training; and was joined by Don Valley MP Caroline Flint.
Said Ms Flint: “I am very pleased for the staff of the Doncaster West Development Trust for achieving this standard. It is vital that those who face most challenges getting into training or employment are given professional advice or support.
“Crucially, this service offers education, training or employment help locally. This is a world away from the new Government’s suggestion that people in high unemployment areas should be encouraged to move many miles from home to find work.
“I am very pleased that this service has already helped nearly 2000 people, half of whom are from neighbourhoods with the lowest income and employment levels.”
Marisa Graziano, Chief Executive at DWDT, said: “In order to qualify for the Matrix Standard we had to undergo a rigorous process of assessment, prior to which we had to ensure that all our policies and procedures met with those required. The actual assessment took a day to complete and we passed with flying colours.”
DWDT is a not for profit organisation established in 1993 to work alongside local people to create a more sustainable future within communities through developing community economic regeneration projects.
Marisa continued: “By achieving the standard it will help to further boost our standing in the region and hopefully bring other benefits to the organisation such as a potential increase in funding opportunities and an increase in both those looking for work and those looking to employ as they have the extra guarantee that the Matrix Standard provides, which will in turn enable us to get more people back into work.”
THE MATRIX AWARD: front Kathy Hollingworth, Matrix, presents Alan Sheriff, Chair of DWDT with the award. Right is Caroline Flint. Back row l to r Helen Keiswetter (Sector Solutions) Phil Hayes, Debbie Townsend, Marisa Graziano, and Aimee Cunningham.