Who are DTA Wales?
The Development Trusts Association Wales (DTA Wales) is an independent practitioner based membership organisation promoting the work of and supporting the growing network of development trusts in Wales.
We are part of a larger movement of community based regeneration and enterprise network across the UK, including Locality in England, DTAS in Scotland and DTNI in Northern Ireland, dating back to the formation of the original Development Trust Association in 1992.
There are a growing number of development trusts. In Wales we have 38 Members, with community owned assets worth over £560 million. Across the UK our network consists of more than 600 community owned organisations.
We believe that our Members are successful for 3 main reasons:
- Regeneration can only really work if the people who are most affected, local residents, are empowered and given the opportunity to steer, participate and help deliver the transformation of their community
- A community-led enterprise culture fosters self-help and reduces dependency and therefore if the basis for confident, thriving and sustainable communities
- Community owned asset development and community enterprise is a foundation for building sustainable “community anchor” organisations and communities
The Development Trusts Association was a response to development trusts and communities who were committed to the long term regeneration of their neighbourhoods but felt isolated and lacked information of emerging good practice elsewhere. They believed they had a lot to gain from being able to network with others who shared similar visions and aims and by having a voice at a national level.
In Wales, DTA Wales were established in 2003, originally with the support of the Welsh Government, to support the network of existing development trusts in Wales. Our mission is to strengthen and grow our Member development trusts and their activities, and to assist communities and organisations that with to establish new development trusts and community enterprises by promoting good practice and a practitioner based learning network in Wales.
To this end DTA Wales delivers a range of peer support Programmes and services which benefit our Members and third sector organisations in a range of ways:
Vision, mission, and values
Our Vision is one of thriving and resilient communities across Wales, places of possibility where people can take control of their lives, through community enterprise, social action and community asset ownership.
Our Mission is to achieve `a successful Development Trust in every community that wants one’.
DTA Wales and our sister organisations across the UK subscribe to key values and principles, as part of the Development Trust Association Manifesto, which include:
- Empowerment- communities must own and control their own future, through their own organisations, with their own assets and community leadership;
- Mutuality- only by working together sharing skills and experiences, risks and resources can disadvantaged communities’ succeed.
- Diversity- promoting diversity and equality within our organisation and local communities.
- Independence- communities, organisations and activities must be independent of the state and private sector.
- Partnership- communities, organisations and activities must be independent of the state and private sector.
- Sustainability- development trusts want to help create resilient and sustainable communities through well-managed economic, social, environmental and cultural regeneration. In doing so, they want to minimise or reduce their impact on the earth’s resources.
Our Staff Team includes:
Peter Williams, Director
Dr Kate Hamilton, Renew Wales Director
Delyth Higgins, Communications Officer, Renew Wales
Matt Swan, Operations & Delivery Officer
DTA Wales Board members are elected by our Full and Associate Members in Wales and also reflect the regional representation of our members.
Elwyn James (Chair),
Martin Price (Company Secretary), Martin Price Associates
John McKernan, ProMo Cymru
Gerallt Llewellyn Jones, Menter Mon