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Member Briefing - COVID-19 - March 31st 2020

Staff at Development Trusts NI will be working from home until further notice as recommended by the Public Health Agency.

We will be responding to emails and continuing to represent the interests of our members and the wider community and voluntary sector.

We will also be video conferencing regularly.


DTNI building

*IMPORTANT NOTICE* Conference postponement

It is with regret that we have decided to postpone this year’s conference due to take place in the East Belfast Networking Centre on Tuesday 24th March.

We have taken this decision due to the social upheaval caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the resulting cancellations and travel issues.

How Local Works

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.

Locality convention 19

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.


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