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HOW TO GET AHEAD IN COMMUNITY-BASED REGENERATION (GUIDE)

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More than 200 new development trusts have been set up across the UK in the last five years. To support this growing...
More than 200 new development trusts have been set up across the UK in the last five years. To support this growing interest in community-based regeneration, the Development Trusts Association is publishing a practical handbook for those interested in development trusts.

The Guide to Development Trusts and Partnerships is aimed at anyone considering a development trust as a suitable vehicle for regeneration; setting up a development trust; or as a first point of reference for established development trusts and community-based regeneration organisations. It will also help interested parties to get to grips with community-based regeneration.

The guide sets out what makes development trusts different. It goes through the start-up process including some helpful hints on creating and maintaining partnerships - one of the key defining characteristics of a development trust. The guide describes what makes a successful development trust including management, financial sustainability, governance, communications and project management and also contains an A-Z of regeneration including partnerships.

Through case studies the guide shows development trusts at different stages of their growth, demonstrating their contribution to and the value of creating sustainable regeneration in their communities.

Mary Doyle, assistant director of the DTA, said: 'This guide responds directly to those individuals and organisations who wish to take up the challenge of regenerating their communities economically, socially, environmentally and culturally.'

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The Development Trusts Association is the voice of community-based regeneration. Its membership includes over 140 development trusts in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The DTA aims to support and promote new and existing development trusts.

The Guide to Development Trusts and Partnerships is published by the Development Trusts Association with funding from NatWest Markets, the National Lottery Charities Board and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions - Special Grants Programme. The guide was written by David Wilcox, the author of several publications, based on his extensive experience in community-based regeneration.

The Guide to Development Trusts and Partnerships (ISBN 0 9531469 0 3) is available, price£6.50 (inc. p&p), from DTA, 20 Conduit Place, London W2 1HZ; tel: 0171-706 4951.

For a review copy of The Guide to Development Trusts and Partnerships, please contact the Development Trusts Association.

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