Hello, my name is Rachel Welsh and I am a second year placement student based at the Finmill Centre in Fintry, coming from the University of Dundee. I am working towards my Bachelor of Honours degree in Community Education and will be graduating in 2022. What I’m doing as part of my 14 week placement is to create a snapshot of the community that I am based in to grow my understanding within the field of my degree. As well, I wish to build the ability and opportunity for individuals who want to know a little bit more about the area of Fintry and how it links back to what happens at the Finmill Centre. I will show my findings in the form of this very blog post that you are watching on the North East In Your Neighbourhood Facebook page to highlight the amazing people, projects and organisations in the area of Fintry. Please feel free to pause to have a look at any of the photos that take your interest! Did you know, that Fintry was built in the 1940’s through to the 1950’s predominantly. What is a Community Profile you may be wondering? Well, this is a collection of data and findings which which influences and impacts the community. To put that into context, how the shops, doctors and local facilities help the people in Fintry. It also highlights what the needs and wants of the area are. So, what makes this so useful in Fintry? Well a community profile provides an overview of the community at certain points of time. It is a useful way to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an area to impact change. This could be in the form of a new community centre, new play park or new youth facility. Now for a little bit about Fintry for those who don’t know. The area is situated within the North East Ward of Dundee and it is a housing estate predominantly made up of rented houses but also features some privately owned ones too. What to do when you are in Fintry? You can visit one of our fantastic green spaces which there are many of in the area. A highlight of this is the Finlathen Park walk. It will take you around 35 minutes to do so but it is not to be missed. If you wish you could also visit one of our two bars, the Powrie Bar and The Dolphin. In Fintry there are two main shopping spots. One is beside the Powrie Park. [The other is] beside the Fintry Parish Church. If you do so please, you can also visit the Powrie Castle which is a 16th Century historic castle on the very top of the hill beside the dual carriageway on the way to Aberdeen. If you also want to you can pay your respects to the Black Watch monument whilst you gaze at the fantastic view over the city. Of course, you are more than welcome and invited to visit the Finmill Centre. Speaking of which, when you visit the centre, don’t hesitate to come and speak to one of our friendly staff members. Your first point of call is our admin and clerical staff based in our front office. Within the centre we have a Community Partnership worker, we also have our own Adult Learning worker and Youth Team as well as a Resource Assistant or RA. If those within the centre can’t help, there are a variety of fantastic local organisations within the surrounding area that can do so. This can be and not exclusive to One Parent Family Scotland, Abertay Housing, Fintry Parish Church, Fintry and Friends, Fintry Primary School, Fintry Library and Families House. Within the Finmill Centre we have our very own Local Management Group. These types of groups are set up within communities to meet the needs and wants of the local area. Local Management Groups are [registered] Charities attended and ran by volunteers within the community. Local Management Groups set up programmes to reflect the need of the community. This can range from children’s work as well as adult education and social initiatives. If this has peaked your interest here is how to get to Fintry! We have frequent bus services that run from the City Centre and surrounding areas including the 9, 10, 32, 33, and 236. I hope this has helped you to gain a little bit of insight into what happens in Fintry and for you to maybe pop along and have a nosey for yourself. The adress of the Finmill Centre is Fincastle Street, Dundee, DD4 9EW and our centre phone number is 01382 438641. I would like to say a special thank you to the variety of workers that are present within the Finmill Centre and surrounding area.