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Development Trusts Association Scotland

Scotland’s 190 Development Trusts manage assets worth over £50 million, employ around 750 staff and have a collective annual income of nearly £50 million.  Development trusts are underpinned by a strong ethos of self-help and self-reliance; they work to achieve sustainable community regeneration through management and development of community owned enterprise and assets.

Development trusts are set up to tackle local issues and to improve the quality of life in their community, and can become involved in a very wide range of activities:

•Managing key local services: from the local post office and the village petrol pump to recreation facilities and sports centres,

•Developing businesses: from renewable energy projects and land management to affordable housing, office space, property development and employability initiatives,

•Supporting community cultural life: from preserving the local heritage and restoring and conserving historic buildings to running arts and crafts centres.