Since its incorporation on the 15th August 2007 Lincolnshire cda has sought to promote and support the development of Social and Co-operative Enterprise across Lincolnshire, Rutland and parts of Nottinghamshire. It is a Company Limited by Guarantee, owned by its members, comprising social and co-operative businesses and organisations wishing to support the movement.
LCDA engages with a number of strategic forums at national, regional and county level on behalf of the movement where it seeks to promote co-operative values and principles and the benefits of social enterprise and influence public policy in many ways. In order to ensure that its actions are appropriate it wishes to listen to its clients and members to understand their needs in this respect.
LCDA provides services of training information advice and guidance for which it operates a scale of charges. Such services are tailored to individual need and might be limited to provision of information or signposting, although diagnosis of support needs, brokerage, mentoring and project development work are also provided in some cases. Lincolnshire cda seeks to provide the level of service appropriate to each individual client, within the resources available. It can signpost clients to possible sources of finance to meet the costs of these services, if necessary. All advisers have, or are working towards, appropriate accreditation.
It operates its open membership as a network of information, mutual support and shared services for the sector, seeking also to link this to similar network organisations at regional and national level.