Until recently I was employed as the Financial Controller of a construction company at the same time as running my own bookkeeping/accountancy business. Due to the retirement and closure of the company I found myself reconsidering my future career.Continue reading
I am writing this on my third day working with The Circle and I have already been blown away by what an incredible and exciting place it is to be. The buzz when you walk through the door is infectious and instantly makes you want to get involved.Continue reading
The Circle has today been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at The Circle receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00 in the UK or £10.55 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.21 per hour.Continue reading
The Circle and Creative Dundee are collaborating again to deliver the sixth round of Dundee Soup. Dundee Soup is a social event which gives micro grants to local community based projects to make their ideas a reality.
The next Dundee Soup is taking place on Wednesday 8th May from 6pm – 8pm at the V&A Dundee as part of Dundee Design Month 2019. With a special focus on design, we’re looking forward to hear from people who want to use design in their community – in relation to space, organisational change, food sharing, human well-being or energy efficiency, to name a few. Find out more about how you can attend or pitch your idea here.
Kirsty Thomson, founder and CEO at The Circle Dundee, is among 4 high profile company directors from across Tayside who have been nominated for the Institute of Director’s Regional Director of the Year Award.Continue reading
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been named on the NatWest SE100 Index alongside social enterprises such as Hey Girls, Divine Chocolate and Clean for Good.
The list celebrates the growth, impact and resilience of social ventures in the UK – by naming the most impressive 100 social enterprises of the year in the Index and giving seven SE100 Social Business Awards for the most outstanding achievers.
This news is especially exciting since our founder and CEO, Kirsty Thomson, was listed on NatWest’s WISE100 – a list that recognises the 100 most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise – in 2018.
Kirsty says she and the rest of The Circle team are thrilled to be featured on the SE100,
“We are absolutely delighted to have been named on this list among so many amazing social enterprises from across the UK. It is terrific to be recognised for the work we have been doing over the past 2 years to create a positive social impact.”
My name is Michael Ratcliffe and I am employed at The Circle as a Facilities Assistant. I found out about the Circle through my work coach at The Wise Group whose name is Sam Coleman. I joined the Circle because I wanted to try different types of work experience as I didn’t really know what I wanted to do in life. Before I was at The Circle, I was doing a three-day work placement at DC Thomson doing some admin work but when I finished DC Thomson and started volunteering at The Circle as a Facilities Assistant it was a change of career from what I did before.Continue reading
CEO of The Circle and ACK, Kirsty Thomson, is to merge the two community interest companies this month as she marks seven years since founding her first organisation.
Kirsty founded Along Came Kirsty in 2012 following a successful career working for charities and universities in Dundee and Newcastle. Along Came Kirsty offered support to small, medium and national charities, social enterprises and small businesses. Along Came Kirsty became ACK in 2017.
In 7 years ACK raised over £3million and worked with over 250 organisations providing advice, consultancy, fundraising and networking opportunities. They supported organisations both in the UK and internationally, including clients in Sweden and Canada. ACK has directly employed a total of nine people as well as supporting funding applications that have created jobs for over 70 people throughout the UK.Continue reading
The Circle is opening a training café at its Staffa Place premises. The café will train young people to work in the café and offer employment. We have 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. Designed to support the needs of looked after young people and care leavers, the café will employ a Café Manager, Supervisor and several Café and Events Assistants. The Manager and Supervisor positions have been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Young Start.
I’m excited to be the most recent member of The Circle team! I started in my role as the Junior Communications Assistant in March 2019. After spending a full year concentrating on my creative practice as a visual artist, I felt it was time that I found a position that was going to be more than just a day job. I was looking for a role that would offer me the opportunity to build a career in an area that would allow me to utilise the skills I have acquired over years of self-directed artistic practice. Before joining the team, I had been working mostly in retail, customer service and receptionist roles which developed my verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.