TODAY: You can help shape future of Dundee community centre

An open day is to be held at a former medical centre which it is hoped will soon offer a range of community services.

Bosses from the Brooksbank Community Centre in Mid Craigie have been working for several months to create a new service based at the former Stobswell Medical Practice on Albert Street.

Today’s event – which has been organised in conjunction with the Stobswell Forum – will give people an opportunity to find out more about the centre and a chance to suggest what they would like to see on offer.

Ginny Lawson with the keys to the former medical practice.

Organisations interested in providing a service from the centre will be also be able to find out more.

Among the organisations already on board is a credit union.

Negotiations are also under way to provide an advice service to help guide people through organising funerals for their loved ones.

The Brooksbank Community Centre’s Ginny Lawson said: “We are hosting an open day to attract anyone who would be interested in providing a service to the local community.”

Although bosses have no plans to move to Stobswell themselves, they are keen for local groups to take advantage of the opportunity.

Ginny said that various surgeries are planned for the centre, with housing charity Shelter also on board.

She added: “This seems to me to be an excellent opportunity to try to set up community projects and services in the Stobswell area all under one roof.

“The medical centre lends itself very well to this type of use but it will be dependent on enough groups showing an interest and being prepared to come on board.

“Our aim is to try to find services, groups and projects that will move into the medical centre and can contribute to the running costs and rent, to give the centre a chance to be developed for wider use.”

The open day is being held between 11am-6pm.

Ginny said that the project would be self-funded initially but she was hopeful grants would be made available. She said: “We would also appeal to anyone to make donations to help us get up and running.”

It is hoped the centre will open early next year.

Stobswell Medical Practice, which served the area for more than 100 years, closed in February after the sole remaining GP terminated his contract.