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Locality Convention 2019 review

by Stevie McGirr

The network of development trust associations in England, Locality, recently held its annual convention in Leeds and DTNI staff and board members were there to take advantage of an infectious conference buzz.

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CLES Calls for MPs to Rethink UK Economy With New Manifesto

The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) has this week launched an important new document, the Manifesto for Local Economies, in which it calls for a radical overhaul of the UK economy.

The paper has been released as political parties campaign for the UK general election in December and is intended to be a set of recommendations for the prospective government.

CLES Manifesto for Local Economies

Power to Change Calls for Communities to Take Back the High Street

A new report from Power to Change (PTC) has outlined how community ownership can help reduce the growing number of shop vacancies on our high streets and revitalise local economies.

open shop

Co-Op and Locality Commit to Protect Community Spaces

Our sister organisation in England, Locality, and Co-Operative UK have collaborated on a new campaign, Endangered Spaces, to protect, support and improve 2,000 at-risk community spaces by 2022.

Endangered Spaces cover

Creating Resilient Local Economies - Charter Launch

We were delighted to officially launch Time to Build an Inclusive Local Economy recently, a charter that sets out how to build local wealth and address the increasing inequalities in our society. The full report is now available to download here.

Community Business Weekend

From Thursday 16th May until Sunday 19th May, people across England will be taking part in Community Business Weekend, an initiative of the independent charitable trust Power to Change. Participating businesses will showcase their products and services and invite people to find out more about the social benefit they are bringing to the local area, as well as find out about new plans, volunteering opportunities or becoming a member or trustee.

community business weekend

NI Community Rights Act - What Next?

Throughout 2019, with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, we will be engaging with members, political representatives, civil society organisations and the wider third sector as we outline our case for communities’ right to bid, buy, challenge and participate.

community rights act

Facilities Management Training - Book Now

DTNI is hosting another run of professional facilities management (FM) training events this spring, and for the first time one of those events will take place south of the border, in collaboration with Carmichael in Dublin.

For those already managing assets, such as community centres, heritage and arts centres, or those who are aspiring to, FM training is invaluable for understanding the standards, protocols and legal requirements of buildings management and maintenance.

Communities Gather for Expo '18

DTNI recently hosted what turned out to be a hugely successful Community Expo at the Duncairn Centre for Arts & Culture in Belfast. The event was attended by representatives from the third sector, central and local government and academia and, as such, brought the concepts of community ownership beyond the DTNI membership to a broad cross-section of the public.

expo plenary

The Great Sell-Off & How to Prevent It

A new campaign has been launched by Locality, DTNI’s sister organisation, to combat a massive sell-off of public buildings around England. More than 4,000 public buildings and spaces in England are sold every year, with more than 7,000 others at risk over the next five years. Most assets are sold to private developers interested only in a return on their capital investment as opposed to a long-term community development vision.

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