What are development trusts?
Development trusts are community run organisations that:
- aim to achieve the sustainable regeneration of a community and therefore are concerned with the economic, social and environmental and cultural needs of their community;
- are independent but seek to work in partnership with other private and public sector organisations;
- are owned and managed by the local community; and
- aim to generate income through trading activity that enables them to move away from dependency on grant support. All trading surpluses are principally reinvested in the organisation or community.
What is DTAS?
DTAS is the national body for development trusts in Scotland. A significant and important part of the work that DTA Scotland undertakes involves early contact with community groups to promote the benefits of the development trust approach to community regeneration and to encourage communities to explore the possibilities that can be achieved by establishing a development trust.
The Scottish Government is providing support to DTAS for the production of the Learning Resource Pack, 'Be Inspired - Setting up a Development Trust' to help raise awareness of development trusts and to provide information on good practice.
What's in the pack
This will be a resource that both inspires and informs. The inspiration comes from a case study of the birth and early years of Comrie Development Trust in Perthshire, following the trust's journey through each stage of development.
The pack includes:
- a DVD telling the story of Comrie Development Trust;
- a wall chart; and
- a booklet featuring a timeline of the development of the trust and contact details
Want to find out more?
For a free Development Trust Learning Resource Pack, contact Aileen Tulloch by email or by telephone on 0131 220 2456.
The DTAS website has more information on development trusts and how to become a member of DTAS.