I am one of two new members of The Circle having joined in May 2019. My role is Café Supervisor. I will be working closely with the other new member Steven who is Café Manager.
I had previously worked in The Circle’s building at Staffa place for one of the many tenants based here, The Food Train which is a food delivery service for the elderly. During my time here with The Food Train, although I didn’t work directly with The Circle team, I learned more about what The Circle was about and how much they help better the community and continue to do so.
From a young age I always knew I wanted a job where I could make a difference in someone’s life no matter how small. Unfortunately, when I was 14, I was placed in foster care. This effected my education which lead to me leaving school at the age of 15 with no qualifications. At the age of 16 I decided to try and get a job. I succeeded in getting a job at McDonalds, but I didn’t enjoy my time there as it wasn’t the right fit for me. After a long time of searching I decided to get some help and successfully got a job with The Food Train through Community Jobs Scotland (CJS).
Thankfully through my work with them and working in the Circle’s building, I heard about an exciting new opportunity at The Circle Café. The Circle Café is an Employability and Training programme for looked after young people and care leavers. The Circle joined forces with Barnardo’s Works, Dundee City Council and Leisure and Culture Dundee to apply to the Community Lottery Fund for funding to start-up this innovative project.
I was interested in the role of Supervisor straight away after learning they would be employing 6 CJS young people who would be provided with training and real work experience for a year. I knew I needed to get this job after being a CJS employee myself and being successful I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help another young person better their future and gain the confidence to go on and achieve their goals.
Since joining The Circle team I’ve finally found somewhere I fit in. Everyone here has the same goal and that’s helping better people’s lives to the best of their ability. The whole team are very close and very supportive not only to one another but also to all the tenants and visitors. I am extremely grateful to be a part of giving young people this opportunity and cant wait to see what the future holds not only for the café but also for The Circle. The dedication and hard work each individual puts in to their work here makes me feel proud to be apart of something so great.