Lismore Community Development Trust Working Group -  Suggested Initial Actions

 

No.

                                 What

Who

 When

1

Scope other Community Development Trusts:

o         Identify a list of Trusts to investigate further

o         Visit websites, contact &/or visit the most appropriate Trusts

o         Contact support organisations - Development Trusts Association, ABSEN, Corum Trust, CADISPA etc for information/advice

o         Identify:

o         What’s worked & what hasn’t

o         How did they get started?

o         What funding did they access?

o         Their legal structure, governance & membership

o         Admin systems/financial controls

o         How often do they meet?

o         What is the scope of the organisation – what do they do?

o         What are their decision making processes?

o         How do they involve the community?

o         What have they achieved?

o         What are their plans for the future?

o         Are they generating income? – how?

o         Prepare full checklist of points to cover/questions to answer

Robbie (convener)

Tamsin

Mandie

Mary McD

Tony

Julian

 

Initial scoping list by 24th September

2

Estimate costs for initial preparatory work & prepare & submit a funding bid to cover costs - venues; visits; legal advice; admin etc

Mandie

24th August

3

Discuss ideas for a CDT with agencies, A&B Council

Julian

24th September

4

Organise speakers from support organisation & existing CDT to describe/explain Development Trusts to a public meeting

To be decided

After next meeting

5

Seek legal/financial advice on options for Trust constitution & legal/financial structures - collate information on possible options:

o         Can the Board simply be the whole community?

o         Does there have to be a Board?

o         How many members (min/max)?

o         Their role & their legal/community responsibilities

o         How are Board members elected? how long do they remain in post before re-elections, how often can they be re-elected?

o         Meetings – number, frequency, structure

o         Bank account – no. people needed as signatories?

o         Arrangements for managing bank account

Bob (Convener)

Jeremy

Roger

Teenie

24th September

6

Identify decision making mechanisms

o         When can the Board make decisions?

o         When does the whole community make decisions?

o         Procedures for involving everyone in decision making – show of hands in meeting; secret ballot; poll etc –  specify methods to be used for different situations

Mandie

Teenie

24th September

7

Communication/information flow :

o         Outline procedures for sharing information within the community & gathering community feedback

o         Identify key stakeholders & the information that we wish to share with them

o         Prepare a Communication Plan

Yorick (Convener)

Mary W.

Mandie

24th September

8

Produce ideas on what a Development Trust would actually do for Lismore - to help us to identify the role/purpose/value of a DT for the island:

o         Brainstorm/mind map key issues &/or ideas for possible developments, & how these could be resolved or progressed, either by

a) a Development Trust, or

b) existing organisations, in the absence of a DT

o          Carry out the exercise with the rest of the community

Whole Group

To be agreed at next meeting (before end November)

9

Prepare a draft (specimen) Memorandum & Articles of Association

To be agreed

By end November

10

Do we want to start thinking about a Development Plan for the island (this would be useful, whether or not we establish a Development Trust)? Would we do it ourselves of use a consultant? First Steps:

o         Review what’s already happening on the island

o         Organise planning/consultation day

To be agreed

Decide at next meeting - by end November

11

Scope funding available to Development Trust for development activities

To be agreed

By end November

12

Audit and map skills within community

To be agreed

Decide at next meeting