The role of Local Development Agencies

Stephen P Osborne

Local voluntary and community groups need to work in an increasingly complex and demanding world.

Local development agencies (LDAs) - such as councils for voluntary service, rural community councils and volunteer bureaux - exist to help promote and support these groups. This study explores the work that such LDAs are involved in, and evaluates the extent to which they are an effective part of the voluntary and community sector in local communities in Britain.

Based on in-depth case studies in four areas, it:

  • Maps the work of LDAs
  • Compares their respective roles
  • Evaluates local groups' and local government's support for LDAs
  • Reviews the key issues LDAs need to address to have most impact in their community