Our History The Northumberland Community Development Network (NCDN) was established in May 2002.

This was followed by the formation of the Northumberland Community Development Company (NCDC) in May 2003, to provide the Network with the formal status it needed as a not for profit Company Limited by Guarantee, to attract funds and develop its activities.

The Network had been set up as a result of wide consultation with individuals and groups from the community, private and public sectors. Members felt that the issues in Northumberland were:

  • Expectations on public bodies to consult and involve local communities, resulting in an interest in seeking good practice models.
  • Community development work practitioners asking for support and learning opportunities to take on community development methods.
  • The need to build recognition for local skills and experience in community development.
  • Interest in working more closely together towards shared goals.

Since it was set up, the Company and its Network have been able to respond quickly to new opportunities, and to play an increasingly developmental role in providing a range of infrastructure support activities across Northumberland to further the aim of good community development practices.