Membership owned and controlled not for profit independently constituted consortium, set up to enable local voluntary organisations to deliver services as a joint venture, while managing risk and driving quality. Desta has fifty-five members contributing an aggregated £60 million each year to the local economy and providing 1,800 jobs. It has a £5.0 million volunteer economy. Members specialise in health and social care, children, young people and families, and emmployment, training and business support. The consortium was the outcome of a £500,000 Big Lottery grant and has maintained its running cossts through surpluses generated from contracts. Desta has practical, hands on experience of running large scale operations across multiple voluntary sector orgaanisations, and has developed governance, policies and systems to support this.