Development Trusts Association in talks with Bassac over merger
Sarah Townsend, Regeneration & Renewal
Membership body the Development Trusts Association (DTA) is in talks with community sector umbrella body Bassac about a proposed merger.
DTA director Steve Wyler told Regeneration & Renewal that the two organisations were consulting their members on the proposal and would decide by mid-October whether to implement plans to create a new, merged body. If they agreed, he said, a special general meeting will be held on 10 November.
The two membership bodies already undertake joint activities, have worked together to deliver government programmes such as the £70 million Communitybuilders fund, and were founding members of the Community Alliance, which provides support for community anchor organisations.
Wyler said similarities between the pair’s membership bases had become increasingly apparent, as had shared aspirations for a stronger community sector. He said: "We realised that Bassac, with its expertise in localised social action, and the DTA, with its focus on community enterprise, would complement and strengthen each other."
Bassac chief executive Ben Hughes said: "We both have common values and can see the potential of a new organisation that combines our skills."
Wyler insisted neither body had been forced to consider a merger to save money. He said: "Both organisations are in good shape – neither of us needs to do this. But we believe that a merger would create a powerful force. Our influence would be greater and so would our ability to champion economic resilience and social justice for communities."