Development Trust Association Scotland
Driving away from the Development Trust’s (DTAS) Conference this week – I felt inspired again – that, here in Scotland, we are laying down a regeneration infrastructure that really works. After decades of imposed, top-down ‘partnerships’ – which wasted countless millions – there is recognition of the essential role of locally-owned ‘anchor’ organisations to take the lead.
The thinking which informs Scottish Govt’s ‘ Strengthening Communities’ programme is nearly right – but still too much “we know what you need”; some refinements – and then, next year, let’s see a serious allocation of funding – so that any community that wishes can create its own development vehicle; thousands of active citizens across the land – participative democracy.
This is a map of Scotland’s 208 DTs – annual increase of about 20.