Networking & Events

Development trusts 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.

Over the last ten years we have seen the development trust network grow, and the enterprises, services and activities which we all run expand massively.  This has led to an unprecedented level of recognition from the Scottish Government and others, an awareness that development trusts have more reach into communities than almost any other organisation.
Jim Bristow, Trustee DTA Scotland

The Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) informs, supports and represents this network. As a membership organisation we are able to facilitate this network of dynamic organisations, encouraging the sharing of knowledge and expertise and encouraging mutualism and co-operation. The below inforgraphic slideshow shows the average figures for a Development Trust in urban, rural, small towns, and island communities. 

Visual of Member Benefits

Networking & Events

Connect and collaborate through an annual conference, regional events, Community Learning Exchange, and regular peer-to-peer check-in sessions to build relationships and share knowledge.

Training & Resources

Build organisational capacity through strategic review sessions, trustees and company director training, Continuing Professional Development sessions, and access to a wide range of DTAS publications and toolkits covering best practices

Representation & Influencing

Leverage DTAS's role as the voice for development trusts to influence policy, and participate in government consultations, and pilot programs. Amplify your voice at the highest levels.

Advice & Support

Get tailored guidance from dedicated development officers and access expert professional advice on legal matters, to inform and advance your work.

Our Partner DTA Scotland Services

The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) is funded by the Scottish Government to support community based groups in Scotland take a stake in or ownership of previously publicly owned land or buildings.

Community Shares Scotland is a national organisation that exists to raise awareness of the community shares model and support communities who wish to raise money this way.

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