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Locality is a new organisation, but our roots go back a long way.

We were formed by the merger of two well-established organisations: bassac (The British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres) and the DTA (Development Trusts Association).

Our names may have changed, but our dedication to community leadership, social justice, enterprise and community ownership has not.

bassac and the DTA were both leaders in their respective fields, shared a commitment to supporting community-led organisations and had expertise in enterprise, collaboration, community asset ownership and community development. The DTA and bassac even shared an office, now Locality’s headquarters.

Merger seemed the natural next step. DTA and bassac members voted in favour of a merger in November 2010.

“Together we have an even stronger voice to champion the work of frontline community organisations,” says Steve Wyler. “The overwhelming support for the merger highlights the value that our combined networks bring to the community sector as a whole.”

DTA and bassac formally became Locality on 1 April 2011.