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Development Trusts Association Wales

The Development Trusts Association Wales (DTA Wales) is an independent practitioner based membership organisation promoting the work of and supporting the growing network of development trusts in Wales. We are part of a larger movement of community based regeneration and enterprise network across the UK, including Locality in England, DTAS in Scotland and DTNI in Northern Ireland, dating back to the formation of the original Development Trust Association in 1992. Together we are a fast growing movement of over 600 development trusts and more than 43 in Wales, with community owned assets worth £560 million.

What we do…

Community Ownership

We support a range of activities to help community organisations ensure their asset project is a success.

We provide support directly to Applicants and Award winning groups taking part in the Big Lottery Community Asset Transfer 2 Programme under a support contract with the Big Lottery. This support helps Applicants prepare their project plans setting out their business case and plans for the sites post transfer. Ongoing mentoring following a CAT2 funding award helps groups develop the asset to its full potential, ensuring long term sustainability.

Communities Supporting Communities

More and more communities are now creating their own organisations to help reverse the trend of social and economic decline and build social renewal.

Development trusts help foster a new spirit of community owned enterprise, which is helping to create wealth in our communities. They have enabled many communities to re–launch themselves on a path to sustainable growth and development.

Active communities, social enterprises and community owned asset development are the essential building blocks for sustainable long-term change. The idea of social and community enterprise is now firmly on the map.

As a support body, the Development Trusts Association uses a peer support approach where possible in order to carry out community led regeneration in communities across Wales. Our network and movement are made up of highly experienced asset developers and community enterprise practitioners from across the UK. We use the expertise and knowledge of our Members, and those of our sister organisations Locality in England, DTAS in Scotland and DTNI in Northern Ireland, to help new and emerging community enterprises and those taking on and developing community owned assets.

By peer support we mean people with direct, first hand experience of setting up and running community enterprises, or negotiating and operating community owned assets. Not just those who can talk the talk, but those who know how to walk the walk too.

In all our work, we support new activity by working alongside your community organisation and becoming your “critical friend”. We are not there to do it for you or your group. Rather the support we offer from within our network enables your groups to achieve what it needs to on its own and more effectively. Ultimately helping transfer that knowledge and experience on, so that you learn from the mistakes and benefit from the lessons that have been learnt by others.

This peer support approach is used on all our current Programmes and activities. These are: Enterprising Solutions: peer support to support the development of community enterprises in Wales. Renew Wales: peer support to help advance community led climate change activities in Wales. Community Asset Transfer 2 (CAT2) Support: peer support to share learning with Applicants and Award Winners on the Big Lottery CAT2 Programme

Community Enterprise

Part of our mission is to encourage development trusts and other community organisations to cultivate community enterprises for long term sustainability. We are involved in a number of initiatives to promote and support community enterprise activity.

A community enterprise is a business with social rather than financial objectives. Any surpluses that a community enterprise generates will be reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profits for shareholders and owners.

To support the growth of community enterprises in Wales, DTA Wales leads on a support Programme called Enterprising Solutions.

Contact

17 West Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5EP

Telephone: 029 2019 0260

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