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Benefits of Membership


Development Trusts NI works closely with DTA Scotland, DTA Wales and Locality to form the most extensive and influential community-led regeneration network in the UK. By joining Development Trusts NI as a member you also become a member of the UK wide association.

The development trust movement operates on the principle of mutuality. Your commitment to the network involves sharing your experience and expertise with other members across the UK; for example, by welcoming enquiries and visits from other community organisations and attending the annual members’ conference.

Development trusts that join as either full or emerging members will gain access to a wide range of benefits:


Benefits of membership

Professional services

Full members have access to a range of free or discounted professional help-lines and other services:

  • members' insurance scheme
  • free legal help line
  • free VAT advice
  • discounted advice on employment matters
  • free accounts preparation advice


Briefings and journals

  • a regular e-bulletin;
  • notification of asset transfer opportunities
  • access to publications from across the networks


Learning & development opportunities and resources

  • free attendance at the annual conference;
  • free attendance at national and regional seminars and training events;
  • access to enterprise support programmes;
  • bursaries for study visits and attendance at conferences;
  • free access to IREAD, online investment readiness tool;
  • free access to SIMS, online social impact measurement tool;
  • discounts on affiliate funding and training opportunities;
  • access to a wide range of other resources available in the members' area of the DTNI website;
  • full members also have access to the members’ area of the Locality website



We advocate for legislative and economic reform on behalf of the development trust movement through regular representations to government and other public bodies. As a member, you will:

  • be consulted on DTNI responses to relevant public consultations;
  • have representation within the DTNI network.


Raising your profile to create opportunities

Networking with other DTNI members (and with other networks across GB) will help bring business opportunies to your organisation.


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