Conference 2019: “Development Trusts - People…..Place…..Progress!”

1st/2nd Sept, Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld


Sunday 1st September:
Arrive & Register & Check-in (if room available) from 11am onwards

12:00 - 15:30
Study Visit – Alva Development Trust (packed lunch provided)
12:15 - 15:30
Study Visit – Healthy n Happy DT (packed lunch provided)
12:30 - 14:00
Networking Sandwich Lunch
14:00 - 15:30
Fringe Meeting 1 – Building Good Leadership - Pat Armstrong, ACOSVO
14:00 - 15:30
Fringe Meeting 2 – Land Reform/Community Rights - Scottish Land Commission
15:30 - 16:00
Time to check–in
16:00 - 16:45
DTAS AGM & Annual Review
16:50 - 17:45
Speed Networking (back by popular demand)
17:45 - 18:45
18:45 - 19:30
Drinks Reception Sponsored by: : Auchinleck Community Development Initiative & Carluke Development Trust
19:30 till late
Conference Dinner Sponsored by: The Royal Bank of Scotland

Monday 2nd September:

08:30 - 09:30
Registration & Marketplace (Tea/Coffee)
09:30 - 09:35
Conference Opening Remarks: Sandy Brunton, Chair, DTAS
09:35 - 11:00

Opening Plenary: Building Partnerships with Local Authorities:

  • Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive, Calderdale Council
  • Councillor Alison Evison, Convenor COSLA
  • Claire McPherson, Deputy Director of Public Service Reform & Public Bodies Division, Scottish Government
11:00 - 11:40
Marketplace & Networking (Tea/Coffee)
11:45 - 12:45
Seminars - Part 1 (see below for details)
12:50 - 13:50
Lunch & Marketplace (Tea/Coffee)
13:55 - 14:55
Seminars - Part 2 (see below for details)
15:00 - 16:00

Closing Plenary OR Seminar – Part 3(see below for details)

Closing Plenary: Building Local Economies:

  • Tiziana O’Hara, Co-ordinator, Development Trusts Northern Ireland
  • Sarah Deas, Global Council, Wellbeing Economy Alliance


Seminar 12: Positive Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace:

  • Sophie Isaacson, I-act Positive Mental Health UK

Conference Sponsors:


Delegate Requirements
Select your requirements below

Note: Some bursaries are available to help meet the cost of attending the conference. Please contact Aileen at DTAS for a bursary application form.

Networking Lunch / Study Visits / Fringe Meeting / AGM / Speed Networking : Sunday 1st September

On the Sunday afternoon you can choose to Network over Soup and a Sandwich, go on a Study Visit or take part in a Fringe Meeting before the AGM.

****Please check your train/travel times before choosing a study visit
as we don’t want you to miss out on the day****

Back by popular demand is the opportunity to ‘speed-network’ after the AGM.

Please sign up if you wish to attend these activities as numbers are limited

Study Visit – Alva Development Trust 12:00 – 15:30 (30 min drive, packed lunch provided, there will be some walking involved)}
With the iconic Cochrane Hall facing closure Alva Development Trust was formed to take it into community ownership. ADT now have an interim lease in place while they work towards a full Asset Transfer, and the Hall is already hosting a range of events and activities. ADT is now looking ahead to the next phase of ownership, which may include taking over the adjacent toilet block and changing rooms to create a small cafe in the park.

Study Visit – Healthy'n'Happy 12:15 – 15:30 (25 min drive, packed lunch provided, there will be some walking involved)
Healthy’n’Happy operate in the Cambuslang and Rutherglen area of Glasgow. Their aim is for their community to be the healthiest and happiest place to live in Scotland. To that end they undertake a wide range of activities from running an events and wellbeing centre in an old church, a community radio station and a community cycle centre to, health and wellbeing initiatives, learning and employability projects and an innovative social prescribing scheme.

Fringe Meeting 1 - Building Good Leadership 14:00 – 15:30
Chair: Ian Cooke, DTAS
Speaker: Pat Armstrong, ACOSVO
Good Leadership is a key element of successful development trusts. Pat Armstrong has been invited to explain the Leadership Lifecycle, and outline how ACOSVO supports the development of good leadership. The Fringe Session will also provide an opportunity to discuss the experience of participants and hear about a new DTAS / ACOSVO leadership collaboration.

Fringe Meeting 2 - Scottish Land Commission 14:00 – 15:30
Chair: Rory Dutton, DTAS
Speaker: Gemma Campbell, Scottish Land Commission
The Scottish Land Commission is working to create a Scotland where everybody benefits from the ownership, management and use of the nation’s land and buildings. This Fringe meeting offers a great opportunity to find out more about the Scottish Land Commission’s work, and about how your community can benefit from community ownership, engaging in decisions relating to land, transforming vacant and derelict land, and modernising land ownership. There will also be a chance to discuss what development trusts can do to support and action good practice in relation to land.

Networking Sandwich Lunch - 12:30 - 14:00
DTAS AGM - 16:00 - 16:45
Speed Networking - 16:50 - 17:45

2 minute pitch for your organisation – can you do it?
Meet and make connections with other development trusts and organisations that can support you.

Monday 2nd September: 11:45–12:45 Seminars Part 1

(please choose 1 seminar from 1-5)

1. An Introduction to Asset Management
Speakers: Lynn Molleson & David Henderson, Community Ownership Support Service (COSS)
Hannah MacSween, Muir of Ord Development Trust
This practitioner-focused workshop is aimed at Development Trusts who have recently acquired an asset or are thinking about it.  It will cover areas from the design stage onwards from premises management, maintenance and use, sustainability, to risk management and good environmental practice. Getting the basics right at an early stage can make the difference to your long term chances of success!

2. Using Your Political Representatives
Speaker: Anne McLaughlin, Political Engagement Expert
Local councillors, MSPs and MPs: We’ve all got them, but do we make the most of them? Hear practical tips from former  MP and MSP, Anne McLaughlin on how to access, tap into and use the knowledge, expertise, contacts and influence of your local representatives, to support your DT achieve its aims.

3. Member Story – Coigach Community Development Company
Speakers: Julia Campbell & Donald Macleod
Despite the last-minute failure of a major Community Right to Buy effort to secure a major local asset, the Coigach Community Development Company persevered and has since acquired several other key community assets through negotiated purchase and asset transfer. Just as importantly, the development trust has decided not to go for some community ownership opportunities, so come along to this workshop to learn their perspective on when community ownership is/ isn’t appropriate, and how to go about it.

4. Member Story – Gorebridge Community Development Trust
Speakers: Robbie Laird & Dawn Barclay
Come and hear how, against all the odds, Gorebridge CDT finally completed its flagship project, The Beacon Centre. Despite challenges which included issues with contractors, arson and funding shortfalls the Beacon Centre opened this year and is now a thriving community hub for Gorebridge

5. Board Games: Working Effectively with Your Board!
Panel: Stephen Phillips (Burness Paull), Colin Morrison (NWMull CWC) & Janet Miles (GALE)
What are the lessons for effective board working? A lawyer, a Development Trust Chair and a Chief Executive share their positive, and less positive, experiences of community organisation boards, and then answer questions and respond to comments from the floor.

Monday 2nd September: 13:55–14:55 Seminars Part 2

(please choose 1 seminar from 6-10 )

6. Community Shares Scotland: Dragons’ Den!
Speakers: Morven Lyon & Toby Sanderson, CSS
Keen to learn more about community shares and have some fun while you're at it? Then come play Dragons' Den with the Community Shares Scotland team! After listening to our pitches, it’s over to you all to grill us and decide whether our community business venture sounds like a good investment, or not!

7. National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF): Funding Local Assets
The NLCF in Scotland is undertaking a review of what the funding across their range of programmes will look like after 2020, and at this point in time have no plans to reopen Community Assets. However, as a key supporter of community ownership since 2006, they do expect to have a continued role going forward. This role needs to reflect the current funding and support landscape for community organisations seeking to take on assets, and recognise where NCLF can best contribute. This workshop offers an opportunity to be part of this discussion and contribute to the National Lottery Community Fund review process.

8. Member Story: Alyth Development Trust
Speaker: David Whipps
Come to this workshop to hear the Alyth Development Trust's story, its initiatives and successes, and learn how it has managed to work so effectively with neighbouring development trusts in East Perthshire to secure funding and deliver £1.6m worth of cycling and walking routes.

9. Using Social Media to Campaign Successfully
Speaker: Stuart Forbes & Joy Godfrey, Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust (MAEDT)
Hear how MAEDT used Social Media to force a massive clear up of a local river, and the resulting impact that this campaign has had on the local community. Engaging key partners like the local MSP, the Community Council and Scottish Water, MAEDT’s campaign has been shortlisted in the SCVO 2019 Awards in the ‘Cracking Campaign’ category. Suited to members who are looking to develop a Social Media campaign - bring your ideas!

10. Masterclass: Establishing a Community Repair Hub
Speaker: Sophie Unwin, Remade Network
Community repair hubs offer lots of benefits – bring communities together, help save people money, create volunteering and employment opportunities, reduce waste and help sustain high streets. Sophie Unwin, founder of the successful Remakeries in Brixton and Edinburgh, and 2017 UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year, explains what a Remakery is and how to establish a successful one.

Monday 2nd September: 15:00–16:00 Closing Plenary OR Seminar Part 3

(please choose either the closing plenary or a seminar from 11-12 )

11. Closing Plenary
Speakers: Tiziana O’Hara, Development Trusts Northern Ireland, Sarah Deas, Wellbeing Economy Alliance
All development trusts bring value to their local economy, but increasing number of development trusts are engaging in various forms of local economic development activity. But what does a local economy look like? How do we best build local economies? How do local economies relate to regional and national economic activity? This plenary sets out to explore these questions.

12. Positive Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace (employees, directors and frontline workers)
Speaker: Sophie Isaacson, I-act Positive Mental Health UK
People are the most important resource in your development trust – but how well does your development trust support their positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace (employees, directors and frontline workers). This workshop seminar explores these issues and provides an introduction to the practical steps your organisation can take to create a more positive environment.


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