Publications

Presentation from our seminar, Community Ownership and Asset Transfer
Guideline created by Development Trusts Association Scotland, giving advice on the main characteristics of a trust, types of trust, key points to consider, and use of a trust for a new community based project.
Report from Nigel Kinnaird Chair of Development Trusts NI at its AGM March 2016
Draft response from the conference to the Department for Social Development 'Community Asset Transfer Policy Framework Consultation Document'.The completed response will be available shortly. We would like to encourage you to draw from this document as you see fit and to send a response to DSD. If you like you can use the full conference response when it becomes available as your organisations own response.
STEP is a community anchor organisation, based in Dungannon and working across Mid Ulster working directly with individuals and neighbourhood groups ‘furthest from the top table’ to participate actively in building and sustaining their communities.
Executive summary findings and recommendations of consultation exercise undertaken on behalf of the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), to test the feasibility of a community ownership model for Lough Neagh.
DTNI has concluded a seven month consultation exercise undertaken on behalf of the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), to test the feasibility of a community ownership model for Lough Neagh (privately owned by the Shaftesbury Estate). The intensive seven month programme of work involved engagement with over 300 participants including users, stakeholders, communities and businesses who engaged in a series of meetings, public events, and a ‘Future Search’ conference held earlier this year. Common areas and commitments were made by stakeholders across habitat, economy, tourism, community vision, recreation, navigation and waterways safety, and the need for good governance for Lough Neagh. All involved in the process agreed that consideration should be given to the management and acquisition of Lough Neagh by way of the establishment of a Lough Neagh Development Trust. Commenting on the report and its recommendations, Chair of Development Trusts NI, Nigel Kinnaird, said; “Lough Neagh is important to us all, it has a huge community of users, and many see it as an under developed asset. This report looks critically for the first time at community acquisition on a scale not previously envisaged and its findings and recommendations come at the end of an intensive seven month period of work. We are heartened by the level of support we have received along the way, and the willingness by which individuals, communities, public and private interests have engaged openly and debated vigorously the proposal brought forward for investigation. This involved considering the viability and commitment to establish a development trust to acquire, own and manage the bed of Lough Neagh. This document is just the beginning. We must now encourage stakeholders, communities, local authorities and statutory agencies to incorporate these management recommendations into their forward work programmes, thus securing a sustainable and bright future for the Lough Neagh Wetlands”, Nigel concluded.
Presentation to DTNI/Locality Conference 'The NI Conversation 13: Assets & Ambition Communities Leading Social Change'
Presentation to the DTNI/Locality Conference 'The NI Conversation 13: Assets & Ambition Communities Leading Social Change'

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