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Development Trusts Association Scotland

Post in Community Development by Lucy Beattie
The Garve and District Development company has joined the Development Trusts Association (DTAS). The DTAS network supports over 250 member development trusts across Scotland.

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:

  • governance
  • organisational development
  • financial planning and reporting
  • asset transfer and community ownership
  • staffing and community shares
The GDDC board has met with the local DTAS development officer, Rory Dutton.  Rory who has a background in community and development and support in the Highlands has been advising the board on governance to enable development projects that support community objectives.  We look forward to giving members an update at our next AGM in the back end.

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