They are the public-minded folk who organise gala days, improve playgrounds and organise litter picks – sometimes at their own cost and always in their own free time.
Community councils have been a part of Dundee since the first one was set up in Fintry in 1976.
Today the city has four such bodies – Fintry, Broughty Ferry, City Centre & Harbour and West End.
That could soon become five after the Kirkton Community and Safety Partnership met to discuss plans to become a registered community council.
But what is the purpose of such groups and how do they help their local communities?
Ron Neave, chairman of Fintry Community Council, said the eight-member group discusses problems raised by the community and highlights them with the council and other local organisations.
“We have done a lot over the years and were involved in the refurbishment of Fintry Park,” he said.
“Now, we are looking to put fitness equipment in the park through the Dundee Decides scheme, and there are concerns about potential changes to bus routes in the area which we are holding meetings about.”
The group is always on the look out for new members and is particularly keen for young people to join. Ron added: “Young people will help take the group forward.”
Over in the West End, community council chairman Peter Menzies said the group was working on improving parking facilities for local people and businesses.
He said: “We have different departments that deal with different things such as environment, the cemetery and roads.
“Our duty is to reflect the will of the people and community councils are an example of what a group of people can achieve together.”
Joan Chalmers, of Broughty Ferry Community Council, said: “The main issues we discuss are littering, vandalising and policing matters.
“There are often instances of kids’ bikes being stolen, for example.”
In the summer, the group worked towards tackling litter on the beach and organising litter picks.
City Centre and Harbour Community Council has eight members and meets on the second Tuesday of every other month at either HMS Unicorn or City Chambers.
Chairman Bill Newcombe said: “The group is a good way to help integration between the city centre and the harbour.”
This week it was revealed community councils in Dundee received the equivalent of 1p per person living in their area in funding from Dundee City Council – the lowest amount in Scotland.
Mr Menzies said: “Most of the costs involved are met by community councillors.
“We would love to do more interaction but we don’t have the budget.”
Mr Neave said external funding is often needed to cover community projects and that “those funds are getting harder to find”.
A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “We are committed to supporting our communities to do things for themselves, and to make their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services.
“The grant is fixed at a minimum rate of £330 with an additional minimal 1.2p per head of population.”