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1 Community Capacity Building Peter Williams Director Development Trusts Association Wales Village SOS Narberth 1 st May 2012

2 Development Trusts Association Wales The Development Trusts Association supports its development trust members as part of a community regeneration & enterprise network of 50 Trusts in Wales & more than 500 across the UK Our members hold community owned assets worth £430 million across the UK Income generated from assets is £20 million pa We are part of the Social Enterprise & Communities Regeneration Networks in Wales, helping to grow the Social Economy and build sustainable communities across Wales

3 Development Trusts Community owned and led Community accountable and based organisations Independent Cultivating Enterprise Operating as social and community enterprises Trading in good or services Not for private profit Building Assets Acquiring community owned land or buildings to create income & ownership Engaged in long-term economic, social, environmental & cultural regeneration Securing Community Prosperity Creating wealth in communities and keeping it there Diverse Operate in villages, market & coastal towns, rural areas, former mining communities, housing estates & urban areas Committed to guiding values, new ways of working, actively involved in partnerships

4 Community Anchors Term used to describe Development Trusts and other community organisations that are : Independent community led and based Multi-purpose providing range of integrated solutions and services Inclusive Leading community renewal There for the long-term

5 Social and Community Enterprises Social enterprises are organisations which are trading for a social purpose Community enterprises are organisations trading for a social purpose within a defined geographical area or community of interest

6 Sustainable and Resilient Communities Integrated and innovative, long term approaches to sustainable economic, environmental, social and cultural regeneration as real alternative to business as usual. Triple bottom-line focus of social enterprise and third sector well placed to take this forward. Opportunities for our sector in delivering practical solutions to climate change with local benefits. Renewable energy, energy minimisation, zero waste and re-use, local currencies, food security, green homes, community land trusts, natural assets – woodland, biodiversity, new technology.

7 First Steps Creating an effective and viable community owned enterprise that can meet local needs and sustain in its own operations through trading and income generation.

8 Build on Diversity EVERY community is different Key is ownership and meeting communities own needs and opportunities

9 Starting Points An individual, social entrepreneur or community activist People coming together to make something happen An existing group or partnership wanting to grow or develop a new enterprise or service

10 Getting Started Vision or good idea or business proposal Campaign, community development and planning Listen to others – is there a need, loss of service, resource or new opportunity? Who and where is your community and market? Identify and build on local skills and commitment Communicate your vision – spread the message Get support from others Talk to other communities that have been there before

11 Develop a Plan or Business model Keep it simple to start Try to focus – e.g. Balanced Scorecard (now, sooner, later) Dont put all your eggs in one basket – spread the risk Get advice and talk to other community enterprises – what works? Identify your stakeholders (mapping) Capacity and capability to deliver

12 Getting Organised Formal working group Legal Structures – options Governance – membership and ownership, skills required More detailed business plan Know your numbers Mixed economy of funding and income Get support and work with partners – but keep ownership

13 Keep Open to Ideas Plan carefully but operate flexibly Test your assumptions with critical friends Social Media – different ways to win support Crowd funding – Buzz Bank Time banking Community Share Offers Join Networks, develop your links, exchange ideas.

14 Fundraising to Investment Recognition that a range of community services or social and environmental goals are best delivered through a business model. Historic shift in financing of social and community enterprise from fundraising approach to investment in assets, community shares and loan or equity finance. Major increase in community ownership and transfer of assets through development trusts, co-operatives, community land trusts, community renewable schemes.

15 Key issues for Grant Funders and Investors Credibility - of proposal or business model Competence - of organisation, governance, financial management etc Capacity - to deliver and to grow Confidence –to promote and sell your idea

16 Grants Welsh Government- RDP, Community Facilities and Activities, Communities First, Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy, Micro business loans etc European Structural Funds Big Lottery- People and Places and specific priorities WCVA- volunteering, ILMs,EU grants Local Authorities CVCs- local grants and start up Trusts and foundations-Lankelly Chase, Tudor, Community Foundation Social Enterprise- Wales Co-operative Centre, DTA Wales, Cylch, Social Firms Wales

17 Loans and Investments Borrowing Own Bank Sector Specialists-Triodos/Unity/Charity Bank/CDFI/ Co-operative and Community Finance/CIF Regional Development Funds – Finance Wales Social BrokersNew Venture Philanthropy, Equity Plus, Investing for Good etc Programme related Investments – Cylch, Welcome, Esmee, Tudor Equity Community Share Issues Venture capital funds – Venturesome, Big invest

18 What is Asset Based Development? Community ownership of buildings & land leads to community transformation Possession of tangible assets is a key to achieving viability, independence & sustainability which underpins community based enterprises & regeneration organisations Focus on acquisition or transfer of land and buildings by Development Trusts, Co-operatives & other Community Enterprises Can also include equipment, other natural assets (woodland, materials for recycling) Financial assets – capital funds, endowments or investments on balance sheets

19 Making Assets Work - Creating New Social & Community Enterprises Assets are the base for a wide range of community enterprises & services provided by Development Trusts, co-operatives & other social enterprises. Examples in Wales include: Managed workshops or office space Shops & retail developments Restaurants & cafes Community resource centres Arts & cultural enterprise centres Heritage & craft workshops Housing – including green homes Sports & leisure facilities Recycling & environmental improvements Play & childcare facilities Renewable energy businesses Healthy living centres

20 Benefits Building Sustainable Communities Community ownership – demonstration of shift in ownership & local control. Communities doing it for themselves. For communities – sense of stability & positive vision Local economy – long term benefit, retaining wealth locally, growing assets as foundation for renewal & enterprise & creating local jobs Builds independence and skills, credibility & viability of community organisations & enterprises Creates a base & focus for new community enterprises & services – eg. employment, training, arts, resources, etc Enables access to wider finance income generation & loans Demonstrates sustainable development – regenerates derelict or underused land or buildings, productive use of resources, brings together social, environmental and economic solutions.

21 Community Shares Defined as community enterprises with more that 20 members with combined investment of more that £10,000 Oldest surviving example in Lincolnshire Co-operative Society est. 1861: 161,000 members, £9.6m share capital Currently 142 enterprises fit this definition, 40% of which have been established in the last 30 months Combined community investment of over £300 million and combined membership of nearly 6 million. In last ten years there have been 41 cases with total community investment of £45m from combined membership of 60,000

22 Community Shares Early examples in Wales include: Bro Dyfi Community Renewables part funded by Community Shares Moelyci Environmental Centre Ltd IPS acquired farm and land to develop sustainable enterprises Cardigan 4CG (Rural Sustainability Society) -Share issues related to town Centre, former Co-op site 2010 shares at £200 each.

23 Social Returns on Investment Know your neighbourhood and business baseline statistics Quantify the cost of doing nothing Methods of Measurement – Social accounting – SROIProve it – Change Check ARAD report for Galeri Caernarfon

24 Support & Advice DTA Waleswww.dtawales.org.ukwww.dtawales.org.uk Wales Co-operative Centre www.walescoop.comwww.walescoop.com Cynnal Cymruwww.sustainwales.comwww.sustainwales.com Wales Social Enterprise Coalition www.welshsec.orgwww.welshsec.org Social Firms Waleswww.socialfirmswales.co.ukwww.socialfirmswales.co.uk Community Housing Cymruwww.chcymru.org.ukwww.chcymru.org.uk Cylch – Wales Community Recycling network www.cylch.org.uk www.cylch.org.uk Land for People (community land trusts) www.landforpeople.co.ukwww.landforpeople.co.uk Unltd Wales www.unltd.org.ukwww.unltd.org.uk Energy Saving Trust / CSREG / YNNIR Frowww.energysavingtrust.org.ukwww.energysavingtrust.org.uk Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)www.wcva.org.ukwww.wcva.org.uk Architectural Heritage Foundationwww.ahfund.org.ukwww.ahfund.org.uk Planning Aid Wales www.planningaidwales.org.uk www.planningaidwales.org.uk RICS Wales www.rics.org.uk www.rics.org.uk RTPi www.rtpi.org.uk www.rtpi.org.uk Wales Community Woodland Associationwww.coedlleol.org.ukwww.coedlleol.org.uk

25 Emerging development trusts or existing community regeneration organisations or enterprises wishing to become development trusts can become Full Members of DTA Wales Housing organisations, local authorities & other partners can become Associate Members Benefits include: newsletter & publications, UK wide and Wales based conferences, training & seminars, access to best practice network, advice and support, members discounts, legal advice, members insurance scheme Contact info@dtawales.org.ukinfo@dtawales.org.uk www.dtawales.org.uk Tel: 02920 190 260www.dtawales.org.uk Membership - Join us!


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