DTAS Annual Conference & AGM 2022

“Gather, Connect and Thrive”

Date: 4th & 5th September 2022
Location: Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld

We are absolutely delighted to confirm that the DTA Scotland annual conference and AGM is returning as an in-person event in 2022, for the first time in three years.

The theme for this year is “Gather, Connect and Thrive”. We have included as much networking time as we can, whilst ensuring that we offer an engaging, thought-provoking and inspiring programme. We want the conference to be an opportunity for you all to meet, connect, share experiences and learn from each other.

This year’s study visit will be to Cranhill Development Trust in the east end of Glasgow. We will also have a virtual study visit to Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association. This year’s speakers include CEO of Circular Communities, Michael Cook, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Barry Fisher, as well as Mr Tom Arthur MSP, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth. We have a total of nine workshops for you to choose from, with topics including succession planning and collaboration as well as our ever-popular Community Ownership Support Service and Community Shares Scotland sessions.

Attendees will be able to participate in a speed-networking session and browse the Marketplace which will include stands from a wide range of different organisations. And of course, the all-important conference dinner!

For those unable to attend in-person, we are happy to announce that selected sessions from the programme will be available online free of charge, including a virtual study visit, AGM and the opening and closing plenaries.

For any conference questions, contact amy@dtascot.org.uk

Please fill in the form below the conference programme on this page to register.


Conference Programme

Sunday 4th September:

12:00 - 15:30

Study Visit: Cranhill Development Trust

12:30 - 14:00
Networking Sandwich Lunch
14:00 - 15:30
Virtual Study Visit: GURCA
14:00 - 15:30
1:1 Sessions with DTAS Staff
15:30 - 16:00
Check In
16:00 - 17:00
DTAS AGM & Annual Review
17:00 - 17:45
Speed Networking
17:45 - 18:45
18.45 - 19:00
Drinks Reception Sponsored by Community Central Hall
19.30 - Late
Conference Dinner

Monday 5th September:

08:30 - 09:30
Registration & Marketplace
09:30 - 09:35

Conference Opening Remarks

  • Pauline Smith (DTAS Chief Executive)
  • Jim Bristow (DTAS Chair)
09:35 - 11:00

Opening Plenary: Connect and Thrive

  • Mr Tom Arthur MSP, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth.
11:00 - 11:40
Marketplace & Networking
11:45 - 12:45
Workshops (Part 1)
12:45 - 14:00
Lunch & Marketplace
14:00 - 15:00
Workshops (Part 2)
15:00 - 16:00

Closing Plenary and Closing Remarks

  • Barry Fisher (CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful)
  • Michael Cook (CEO of Circular Communities)
  • Reid Hutchison (Vice Chair of DTAS)
  • DTAS Members





Delegate Packages
Select your requirements below

Overnight Stay Package Includes: Sunday activities, AGM, drinks reception, conference dinner & accommodation for Sunday night & day delegate place at conference on Monday. (All accommodation is single occupancy unless sharing agreed)

Day Delegate Package includes: Delegate day place on Sunday & Monday, including AGM. (Excludes conference dinner and overnight stay)

Streaming Only: Free of charge. Attendees will receive a Zoom link.


Sunday 4th September

Please choose the sessions you wish to attend:

Networking Lunch / Study Visit / Virtual Study Visit / 1:1 Sessions : Sunday 4th September

On Sunday afternoon, you can choose to attend a study visit to Cranhill Development Trust, or come along to our Networking Sandwich Lunch, watch a virtual study visit of Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association (GURCA) and partake in some 1:1 sessions with some of the staff from DTA Scotland.

The AGM as well as the opening and closing plenaries will be available to watch live online. Please indicate your attendance to the events from the options below.

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

Study Visit – Cranhill Development Trust 12:00 – 15:30 Join us on a visit to Cranhill Development Trust in the east end of Glasgow. The trust was set up in 2002 to serve this small community of under 4,000 residents and has grown over the years adding much needed services for this isolated community. Services include: Community care; community garden; community shop with a Post Office; employability support; Asylum seeker and refugee project; programmes for older adults and for families.
(Packed lunch provided)

Virtual Study Visit: GURCA 14:00 – 15:30 This seminar will present a short video on Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association (GURCA), detailing the journey of the Trust to arrive at its present form. The Trust’s overall vision is to develop, inspire and embrace a vibrant future for its area, which is characterised by heavy tourism due to its location near Loch Ness. The Trust has rapidly developed in recent years and has many activities, including the operation of the Loch Ness Hub. The video will then be following by a Q&A.

1:1 Sessions 14:00 – 15:30 DTAS staff will be available for 1:1 sessions in the foyer.

Networking Sandwich Lunch - 12:30 - 14:00
DTAS AGM and Annual Review - 16:00 - 17:00

DTA Scotland’s AGM and presentation of accounts. This event is available for live streaming online.

Speed Networking

Meet and make connections with other Development Trusts and organisations that can support you.

Drinks Reception - 18:45 - 19:00

Sponsored by Community Central Hall

Conference Dinner - 19:30 - Late

Sponsors to be announced soon


Monday 5th September

Please choose the sessions you wish to attend:

Registration & Marketplace - 08:30 - 09:30

The Marketplace will profile a range of organisations that can help your development trust in achieving its aims. The marketplace will run alongside the all other activities on Monday.
(Tea and Coffee provided)

Conference Opening Remarks - 09:30 - 09:35

Speakers: Pauline Smith (DTAS Chief Executive) and Jim Bristow (DTAS Chair)

Opening Plenary - 09:35 - 11:00

Speakers: Mr Tom Arthur MSP, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth.

This event is available for live streaming online.

Marketplace & Networking - 11:00 - 11:40

The Marketplace will profile a range of organisations that can help your development trust is achieving its aims. The marketplace will run alongside the all other activities on Monday.
(Tea and Coffee provided)

Workshops (Part 1) - 11:45 - 12:45

Workshop 1 – Community Ownership Support Service (Making Your Mind Up)
In our communities there are often several assets that are struggling and may not have reopened after the pandemic. This may mean the loss of valuable services and diminished community meeting spaces. Which ones are most viable for us to take forward? Join the COSS team and Inchinan Development Trust to hear about ranking assets and lessons learnt along the way.

Workshop 2 – Community Shares Scotland (Green Ideas - The Future of Community Shares)
Can community shares play a part in community-led climate action? And if so, how? Join the Community Shares Scotland team and partners as we discuss how innovative, environmentally focused share offer ideas can support the transition to net zero.  We’ll be joined by groups who have already run successful share offers for their “green ideas” and would love to hear from those looking to take forward projects of their own

Workshop 3 - Succession Planning
This succession planning facilitated workshop will bring Trusts together to share experiences and strategies on preparing for the future to support long term sustainability.

Workshop 4 - Innovate, imagine, collaborate. (Aird Fada Seaweed Farm - South West Mull & Iona Development)
Morven Gibson will share the story of South West Mull and Iona Development's venture into the emerging industry of seaweed farming, with the first sugar kelp harvest from their seaweed farm, Aird Fada, this year. Seaweed farming is a young global industry and seaweed is in demand for a multitude of uses from culinary to clothing, to bioplastics.
This is a story of imagination, innovation and collaboration to get this project off the ground (or under the water) and we will facilitate a discussion of how Trusts can think through their own activities using these themes.

Workshops (Part 2) - 14:00 - 15:00

Workshop 5 - Dealing with Challenges & Difficult Times (Glenboig Development Trust)
In this session we hear a frank discussion of the challenges and opportunities of community action in Glenboig, North Lanarkshire. Teresa Aitken, Operations Manager of Glenboig Life Centre is joined by Teresa Keating the Secretary, both from Glenboig Development Trust. Come hear their story of community empowerment, action and success. There will be space for Q and A and a general discussion.

Workshop 6 - Place Planning (Planning Aid Scotland)
PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) will lead an interactive session about Local Place Plans and other types of community-led plans. We'll share our experiences of working on plan projects across Scotland, bringing in reflections from different communities that we've worked with. Join us to share your own experiences and aspirations, and to find out about next steps for your community in taking forward a plan.

Workshop 7 - Collaboration (Glasgow Empowering Community Cooperative - GECCo)
Formed in 2016, GECCo brings together like-minded organisations covering the whole of Glasgow to deliver new city-wide initiatives and benefit from each other’s expertise and experience. The seminar will lead you through the history of GECCo, discussing its benefits and the challenges it met along the way. Speakers will also discuss work to date, including delivering on a ESF Employability and DWP contract.

Workshop 8 - Learning Disabilities (Acorns to Trees)
In June 2021 Acorns2Trees funded research which established that the development trust movement supports over 575 people with learning disabilities across Scotland, greatly benefiting the individuals, families, organisations that support them and wider communities. But we are still learning about how this is achieved, and what could be done to support and further this work.
This workshop will allow you to hear the experiences of 5 development trusts -  Gale Centre, Getting Better Together, Peebles CT, Castle Douglas Development Forum, and Healthy and Happy's Camglen Radio - followed by a panel discussion and Q&A facilitated by Ian Cooke of Acorns2Trees.

Workshop 9 – Community Wealth Building (Four Nations)
DTAS, DTNI, DT Wales and Locality come together in this workshop to provide information on the work we do together and also experiences and examples of community wealth building across all 4 nations. An opportunity to have open discussion and discuss future opportunities and developments.

Closing Plenary & Closing Remarks - 15:00 - 16:00

Finishing our conference with discussions around the climate and environment, the role DT members have and the positive impacts and stories from some of our members.

Speakers: Barry Fisher (CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful) and a number of DTAS Members, Michael Cook (CEO of Circular Communities), Reid Hutchison (Vice Chair of DTAS) and a number of DTAS Members.

This event is available for live streaming online.


We take the privacy of your data seriously so please see our privacy policy
A large part of the DTAS Annual Conference is around networking and making new connections with other members. When you sign up to attend your name, organisation & e-mail address will appear on our delegate list which allows us to facilitate this.

Accessibility Requirements

Please check the box if you have any accessibility requirements. You will be contacted by DTAS before the conference.

Payment Details

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Submitting this form

When you have completed this booking form, please click Submit. You will see a confirmation message on screen and a copy of your form submission will also be emailed to you.

Once we receive completed forms, we will then email out delegate information the week before Conference. Please contact amy@dtascot.org.uk with any questions.

Cancellation Policy

If unforeseen circumstances, including the reintroduction of COVID-19 restrictions, cause DTA Scotland to postpone or cancel the annual conference, all delegates will be informed as soon as possible.

Delegates will be offered the option of rebooking to any rescheduled date, or accept a full refund. DTA Scotland accepts no responsibility for covering travel or other costs incurred by delegates.

If any delegates are unable to attend, we welcome substitute delegates attending in your place at no additional cost. We ask that you email us as soon as possible with the contact details for both the registered and replacement delegates at info@dtascot.org.uk.

Cancellations received up to and including fourteen days prior to the event will be refunded in full. A refund will not be possible thirteen or less days prior to the event.

It may be necessary, due to unforeseen circumstances, to alter the programme and / or speakers. DTA Scotland reserves the right to modify the programme up to the date of the conference. No refunds will be issued in this event.


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