Development Trusts Association Scotlandin Community Development by Lucy Beattie
DTAS is an independent, member-led organisation which aims to promote, support and represent development trusts in Scotland. Established in 2003, DTAS now has over 250 development trust members – community-led organisations using a combination of enterprise and creativity to improve the quality of life for local people in urban, rural and island communities across Scotland.
Development trusts, such as Garve and District Develoment Company are part of Scotland’s fastest growing regeneration network. They are diverse in nature: large and small, rural and urban, mainland and island based. What development trusts all share in common however is a determination to see their community or neighbourhood flourish, through community-led activity, partnership working and enterprise.
As a member of DTAS the GDDC will benefit from expert help, advice and support on a number issues pertinent to community-led development in our area:
- organisational development
- financial planning and reporting
- asset transfer and community ownership
- staffing and community shares