The Early Years of D2…
In 1994, as a result of the Faith in the City Document, combined with the large number of young people visible on the streets, the church sought funding to employ two detached youth workers, who worked from an office in the Vicarage at St. Wilfrid’s Church.
The Project at that time was given the name Newbiggin Hall Detached Youth Project and it was agreed at the time that the best method of work was detached work. Within a year the detached workers needed more suitable premises and the local authority provided one property, a house in Eastgarth.
The Project continued to grow and now employed six workers including Project Manager, Administrator and four youth workers.
Alongside detached work, the Project offered daily drop ins, the T.R.A.I.L project (a project designed to help young people towards independent living) and was funded by the National Youth Agency. Other funding sources included Single Regeneration Budget and various charitable trusts.
96/98 East Thorp
In 2002, having outgrown Eastgarth, the local authority provided two properties in East Thorp which were knocked through giving much needed space. It was here that we formally changed our name to D2 Youth Zone.