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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

DTNI Community Expo 18 - now on sale



DTNI Conference 2018 is now open for registrations!

NPI Report - Devolution Within Northern Ireland

This week’s NILGA AGM saw the launch of the Devolution in Northern Ireland report by the New Policy Institute. The report (available here) recommends the re-direction of certain key powers away from the NI executive and towards local authorities, with increased public involvement in decision-making.

Embedding Wellbeing and the Right to Participate

Carnegie UK Trust has announced that it will provide financial and in-kind support to the Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) of Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Council, Derry & Strabane Council and Lisburn & Castlereagh Council as part of its new Embedding Wellbeing in NI programme. Each of the successful applicants will receive financial support worth over £350k in total, as well as ongoing peer support from the Embedding Wellbeing network until the project’s completion in 2020.

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