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    Welcome to Development Trusts NI

    We are the leading network of community enterprise practitioners dedicated to helping people set up development trusts and helping existing development trusts learn from each other and work effectively.

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    Development trusts are:

    • community owned and led
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    • transforming communities for good

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    • Encourage the growth of new development trusts
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    Asset transfer

    Community Assets are land and buildings owned or managed by community organisations. DTNI, as part of a UK network of development trust organisations in Scotland and Wales, and Locality in England, can access practitioner led examples of the most successful community-led asset transfer to date.

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    A new kind of consultancy drawing on DTNI's very special asset: the wealth of grassroots expertise and knowledge of community-led regeneration, asset development and community enterprise within its members, staff and wider contacts.

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Sign up for DTNI Policy Symposium!


DTNI hosts Key International Contributors on ‘Local Economies and the Common Good’ - 7th October

If you have not already done so, sign up now to attend DTNI’s Autumn policy symposium at Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, Newry on Wednesday the 7th October. The Policy Symposium will focus on two plenary discussions; the common good and local economy.

Steve Wyler, Associate at The Carnegie Trust will input on 'A Call to Action for the Common Good'. Steve's work explores collective civil action building a ‘story of hope’, that  captures people’s survival instincts to pull together, not apart, in difficult times. It starts with the belief that each person matters. It recognises that, acting together, we can all be better off, that some things can only done collectively, and that some essential things have to be shared by all of us, including future generations. 

Dr Peter Doran of Queen’s University, who has been involved in the development of the Wellbeing Agenda here in N.I. will consider the link between acting for the common good and wellbeing.

Bernadette McAliskey who leads South Tyrone Empowerment Project will input from a community regeneration & development practitioners perspective. Bernadette will consider the concept of the Common Good and its realisation through the everyday actions of community enterprise organisations.

Prof John Barry will facilitate discussion between the panel of speakers and the audience on how we, in the statutory and third sectors, perceive the Common Good and how we can contribute more meaningfully towards this in our daily life and work.  

The second plenary debate will consider local economy and debate policy interventions and new approaches being developed across our communities of place to stimulate economic development and deliver meangingful social impact.

Clare Goff from Newstart Magazine will lead the discussion on alternative local economies inputting on the initiative being spearheaded by New Start, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), and the New Economics Foundation (NEF) mapping the local economic alternatives across the UK.

Between April 2015 and June 2016, eleven cities and regions will be profiled and in each place, an edition of New Start magazine will be created, focusing on the people and projects building a new approach to economic regeneration. DTNI are collaborating to roll out this initiative in Belfast where a workshop event will take place to unite organisations interested in forming ‘local resilience coalitions’ to take a more coordinated approach to economic change.

Tracy Meharg, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Department for Social Development will input to the conference on the potential for regional social development policy and associated programmes to support local economies and how the statutory sector and the third sector can reinforce one anothers endeavours in the delivery of strategic regeneration objectives and local service delivery. 

Sinead Quinn from Volunteer Now will input on a co-production perspective and the potential of community currencies to generate change in local economies. 

Maurice Kinkead from the East Belfast Partnership will conclude this section, as a community practitioner and social enterprise leader who has capitalised on many opportunities to build his local economy in East Belfast.

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