Representation & Influencing

As an increasingly influential and respected organisation, DTAS provides a strong voice, often at the highest levels, for our development trust members. We liaise closely with the Scottish Government and engage with local authorities, funders and other relevant agencies to promote your interests. Our policy objectives and consultation submissions reflect the needs and aspirations of our members – information which we gather in a range of ways.

DTAS staff and board members have always been very proactive in helping the Scottish Government to understand the roles and potential of Development Trusts.  They have also been influential in shaping policy like the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, in particular around the detail of how asset transfer would work.  The Scottish Government sees DTAS as a valuable stakeholder and we look forward to continuing to work with them.
Alasdair McKinlay, Scottish Government

Members are regularly given the opportunity to contribute to the development of new policy objectives and submissions. DTAS is a member-led organisation directed by a board of directors elected annually from the membership. The staff team and representative attend and present at a large number of external events each year, never missing an opportunity to highlight the impact of our members' work.

There's so much to be gained from development trusts coming together, sharing our knowledge and experience, and working together for the benefit of the movement. Individually we can be isolated community organisations; working togeher we can have collective strength and can punch above our weight.
Sleat Community Trusts 
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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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