Hundreds of community projects benefiting residents in every area of Dundee have been completed during the past year.
And many more are on track to be completed in the near future, according to a new report.
Among the key achievements are youth projects, arts projects, new car parking, playparks, improved access to local libraries, clean-ups, the formation of children’s groups and help for welfare reform groups.
Stewart Murdoch, Dundee City Council’s director of leisure and communities, said a significant level of progress had been made by local community planning partnerships for each of the city’s eight wards.
He said that collaboration between the city council, partner agencies and community stakeholders had been key to making the achievements possible.
Mr Murdoch said that 465 key achievements had been completed, 340 projects were currently on schedule and another 78 projects were in the pipeline.
The Tele has delved into the projects that have impacted on each area of Dundee.
The Strathmartine Active Youth football project works alongside Dundee United to tackle anti-social behaviour involving young people in Kirkton.
The Kirkton Partnership undertook a community arts project to improve the appearance of the wall at the rear of Asda.
Three local foodbanks, supported by local volunteers, are helping those in need.
Community growing projects are in place across all priority areas in the ward and new growing spaces are expected to provide valuable new learning opportunities and fresh produce for the local community.
Upgraded equipment has been provided in playparks at St Mary’s and at Balmuir Road.
Phase 1 of the Highgate Redevelopment Plan has been completed with the opening of Bank Street, new car parking and a community space and associated environmental improvement works.
New housing sites have been identified, with the Sinclair Street site due for completion this autumn. A second housing site on St Ann Lane was begun last month.
The Lochee Regeneration Forum has supported the development of a play trail throughout Menzieshill, which is based on safe travelling routes to the new primary school campus.
A pilot project that will allow home visits to new families with young children is reported to be showing signs of success.
The job club at the Mitchell Street Centre is providing support for local people in increasing numbers.
Substantial investment has improved the access to Blackness Library.
Use of the enhanced space at the library has also increased.
Friends of Magdalen Green have raised £160,000 through community efforts to revamp the playpark at Roseangle.
Welfare reform is reported to be having a continuous negative impact within parts of the West End.
However, regular contact is being maintained with partner agencies who are supporting local individuals.
Friends of Riverside Nature Park are developing a range of activities and events.
A community cafe has been established in Coldside Parish Church.
Open and green spaces in the area have been improved and generally cleaned up — in particular, an area along Dens Road, which had been the subject of complaints from residents for years.
This is reported to have made a huge impact on the appearance of the area.
The Coldside Regeneration Forum is reported to grow in strength and ability.
New funding has benefited various groups including Rosebank Primary Football Team who were given money for new strips and a washing machine.
The opening of the community space at Arthurstone is reported to be a positive addition to Stobswell.
Friends of Swannie Ponds and Baxter Park are both supporting a programme of improvements and activities.
Swannie Ponds Park has new signs and fencing and Baxter Park will soon have a new multi-games area.
Various environmental improvements have taken place, most notably at Crescent Lane.
Stobswell Forum continue to act as a focus for the concerns of local people, with the Advice Cafe opening weekly with the support of volunteers.
A networl of under-12s children clubs has been provided in the Crescent, Ormiston lounge, Finmill Centre, Families House and the Mill o’ Mains Pavilion.
The Whitfield Development Group got £250,000 to build a new central recreational park.
A series of family fun days were organised during school holidays to provide families with a programme of activities and a free lunch.
A car park at the Cheviot Crescent shops, and pathways at Dalclaverhouse, were resurfaced after years of disagreement about ownership.
The My Whitfield project was a major success.
Craigie Sports Hub had a successful funding bid to install a 3G pitch.
A grant of £50,727 was awarded to revamp Greendykes play area in Craigie.
The Men’s Shed Development Group obtained funding and the donation of a shed to start the project on the old primary school site.
Several successful community events were also held this year, including Douglas Festival, East End Panto, Brooksbank Gala Week and Cragie Sports Hubs Gala Day.
A community growing space was established to provide fresh produce.
Friends of Broughty Ferry Library continue to fundraise for the community wing.
Broughty Ferry was nominated as a finalist in the Academy of Urbanism Great Neighbourhood Award.
The Land Train was launched and as well as running in the Ferry, the train has been seen at a number of community festivals throughout Dundee.
A successful workshop was held leading to the development of an action plan for the beach and esplanade.
Various successful community events were held including the gala week, the Christmas lights switch-on and for the first time a festive train and Santa’s grotto were established.