Community Development & Engagement

Community Development & Engagement

Our Community Development and Engagement team are here to help you.

The team works across the city to enable individuals and groups to build capacity in a variety of ways that will impact on their health and well being.

We work with individuals to help them become more involved in their community.

For example:

  • Matching them with a volunteer role that suits their needs
  • Introducing them to their community council or other representative groups
  • Providing links to social, physical or educational activities
  • Supporting them to set up an interest based group

We use a person centered approach that enables the individual or group to make informed choices.

In addition, the team works together with other partners to support community led groups and organisations to:

  • Review and improve their skills
  • Conduct community consultations to ensure that what they offer is what people actually want
  • Use innovative ways to attract new group members
  • Connect with other groups with similar interests to share experience, information etc.

We have:

  • Supported tenants from assisted housing to have taster sessions of boccia, carpet bowls, seated exercise, among others
  • Worked with a local management committee to carry out a skills assessment and recruit new committee members
  • Worked with partners to facilitate the Going for Gold Challenge which promotes physical activity in Dundee care homes

Our priority is to get more people more connected with their communities – reducing social isolation and improving health and well being for all.

Get in Touch

We are now doing Online Drop Ins on Tuesday 2pm – 4pm, and Wednesday and Thursday both 10am – 12noon by phone or by video call. Just click on the link below during the Drop In opening times to connect to us using your computer, tablet or smartphone. This option is also available to community groups or organisations needing support.

01382 305705.

Older People’s Engagement

The role of the Older Peoples Services Development Officer is to promote the active involvement of older people and older peoples groups in the planning, development and delivery of services across public/statutory sectors which reflect the views of older people in Dundee.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01382 305745

Older People Engaging Needs (OPEN) have activity equipment including Boccia which can be borrowed by older peoples groups from DVA for free.  Equipment can currently be loaned for a maximum of 2 weeks at present although this will be subject to review depending on usage.  Please see flyer below for information.

Open Leaflet



Lochee Community Hub

The Lochee Community Hub was established in 2016 as a result of a review of the services and support responding to substance misuse that was undertaken by the Dundee Alcohol & Drugs Partnership (ADP).

Located at the heart of the community, the Lochee Hub offers non-stigmatising, easily accessible services and support to the whole community delivered from the one location. A range of front-line staff and volunteers are able to respond to the needs of individuals and families immediately, effectively and in an integrated approach. As well as supporting the whole community by offering a range of activities, the Lochee Hub engages with vulnerable individuals (including substance misuse, mental health, homelessness and housing issues) and offers support to vulnerable families. The Hub supports individuals to progress with their recovery through meaningful activities, life-skills support and by offering a welcoming venue for mutual aid activities.

The project’s core vision incorporates a place-based approach, which enables effective work with people and communities to improve their health and wellbeing. Place-based working is carried out in a person-centred, bottom-up approach to meet the unique needs of people in the locality; by working together, we use the best available resources and gain local knowledge and insight. From this information we deliver one to one sessions and group work such as afterschool groups, job clubs, benefit advice, mindfulness etc. The Hub aims to build a picture of the system from a local perspective, taking an asset-based approach that seeks to highlight the strengths, capacity and knowledge of all of those involved.

This approach acknowledges the complexity of people’s lives by working in direct partnership with a range of services and provides a way of uncovering the needs and strengths of local communities.

We post a weekly Planner on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

If you are interested in providing services from the HUB or booking a room please contact us at [email protected] or tel 01382 436704.

Discoverin’ Families

Discoverin’ Families works in Fintry, Whitfield and Mill o Mains.

We support student or working parents/carers to use their skills and talents to build new forms of free family activities that suit family down time and income. These include monthly activities as well as our Grow Your Own project and Foods Around The World.

If you are a parent/carer and want to be more active in your community then please contact Discoverin’ Families on 01382 690950 or find us on Facebook.

Do you need more information about starting a community group or project?

You can also give us a call on 01382 305705 to talk to a team member about what you would like to do.

Did you know you can also volunteer with us?

If you have additional skills and experience which you feel would benefit our organisations, such as supporting us in our offices, marketing or fundraising or with one of our projects then please get in touch.

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