Quizzing for a good cause with The Circle

I’m Alice and I am a Community Fundraising Intern at ACK, funded by The Rank Foundation. The Circle is one of the organisations I am fundraising for this year.

The July quiz night was not only The Circle’s first Quiz Night, it was the first event I had planned for The Circle, so this was a very exciting opportunity. After chatting to Paul, The Circle Manager, a date and question themes for the quiz were set. We decided on a cash prize of 25% of the entry fees. This was decided as we thought it would encourage those out with The Circle to attend the Quiz. It also encouraged more people to enter, as the more teams that entered the higher the cash prize. Once these details were decided the planning could begin.

I created the quiz from scratch researching and choosing questions I thought would make the quiz open to everyone. Early on in the planning process Paul had mentioned involving the Circle tenants and volunteers. I thought this was a great idea as The Circle has a real community feel. I sent out an email asking if anyone would like to create a quiz round. A former tenant got in touch and create the Cat round including questions on cats – big, small and even cartoon cats! This was really exciting as it is something I never would have thought of, and participants would not expect.

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Summer Offer – DISCOUNTED room use

We are offering full-day (9am – 4pm) use of our training rooms and conference room at reduced rates for a limited time only. We have several spaces which can be used for training, meetings and more

The rooms that can be booked are:

  • Training Room 1 – Capacity of up to 30 people comfortably
  • Training Room 2 – Capacity of up to 30 people comfortably
  • Training Room 3 – Capacity of up to 6 people comfortably
  • Conference Room – Capacity of up to 14 people

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5 Reasons to come to The Friendship Club

Five reasons why you should attend The Circle Friendship Club Every Tuesday:


  • You get Coffee/Tea and Cake- who doesn’t love a sweet treat on a Tuesday afternoon? All for £2.
  • You can escape the house for a couple of hours and meet others from Dundee. The Club is open to anyone aged 16+. Come along to make some new friends.
  • You will be made to feel welcome at The Circle Friendship Club. It can be a scary thought about walking into a room and not knowing anyone, but everyone else will be feeling the same. So come along on a Tuesday 1-3pm.
  • Don’t fancy chatting, that’s fine. There is a book swap and games to play instead.
  • The Friendship Club members are in control. The Circle Friendship Club is laid back, how it runs is up to its member.


We hope to see you on Tuesday between 1-3pm at The Circle.  The 1A Bus stops just outside The Circle.


Full Address

The Circle,

4-6 Staffa Place,


DD2 3SX.




Join our fundraising committee and have an impact on the local community

Would you like to make a difference in the community, learn new skills and gain experience that you can add to your CV, all while meeting new people?

Then joining The Circle’s volunteer fundraising committee is perfect for you! This opportunity is open to everyone, we welcome volunteers with all kinds of skills and no specific qualifications are required. You will play a key role in helping improve The Circle for tenants and the local community.

The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses. We are looking forward to building a fundraising committee of passionate, imaginative and dedicated people to think up and plan interesting events and activities at The Circle.

As a member of our fundraising committee, you will make an important and crucial contribution to everything that The Circle stands for, as well as having the opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills, meet new people and making a huge difference in the local community. The committee will be meeting monthly to catch up and plan activities and events. We are only looking for you to commit around 6 hours of your time every month.

The fundraising committee will be responsible for organising, marketing and helping run fundraising events such as bake sales, quiz nights and craft fairs. No matter what areas you are skilled in you will have a positive impact on your local community while having some fun.

And don’t worry, you won’t be left to your own devices – Community Fundraiser, Alice, will be available to offer advice and support.

If you think this is for you then pop along to The Circle for a coffee and chat on Monday 9th July at 4:30pm.

Contact Alice on reception@thecircledundee.org.uk for more information.

Welcoming you to The Circle on a Monday morning are Sarah and Dawn!

How did you find out about The Circle?

Sarah: We met Simona at a mindfulness group through the charity, Children First. She told us about The Circle and we started out doing a bit of volunteering with Simona around Christmas last year.

Why did you want to volunteer?

Sarah: I was a full-time stay-at-home mum and my kids are all grown up now and it’s quite difficult to get back into the workforce so I thought, volunteering is the way to go!
Dawn: To get out the house and partly to keep myself sane!

What do you like about The Circle?

Dawn: Everybody here is quite friendly, you can speak to everybody.
Sarah: Pretty much the same; Getting to know people, getting to talk to other people and keeping myself busy. And there’s always things to do here.
Dawn: Since we’ve volunteered here, we met Kirsty at WEvolution through Simona. And now we’ve got our own group (Back Beat)

What do you think you bring to The Circle?

Dawn: A bit of sunshine!
Sarah: A friendly face when you come through the reception.

If you are interested in Volunteering at The Circle, please contact paul@thecircledundee.org.uk

Resilient Communities Programme and Fire Starter events


The Circle is proud to be hosting a series of exciting and engaging events as part of our Resilient Communities Programme with partners Unltd, Open Change and Ashton McGill and other facilitators.

Our community offerings start on the 30th of Jan and end on the 8th of Feb to co-inside Fire Starter Festival across Scotland.

These events are free of charge and give participants the opportunity to uncover new ways to embrace change and active participation through innovative approaches.

Please feel free to share this with your contacts and don’t forget to book your place.

Refreshments will be provided and for some sessions a buffet lunch.


Tue 30th Jan:

Mon 5th Feb: 

Tue 6th Feb:

Wed 7th Feb: 

Thursday 8th Feb:

Should you have special requirements please do get in touch with

Simona on 01382 699990  or simona@thecircledundee.org.uk

Festive Fun at The Circle!

The Circle would joyfully like to welcome you all to join us for some Santa Fest Fun on Friday the 15th of Dec from 4 pm onward for some merriment making before we all take leave for Christmas holiday period.

Red Pepper Events & Cater Hire are going to be running a bar and we will be serving some nibbles too.

Kev Anderson The Story Edge is looking into karaoke and we will have some good music too! (Jingle Bell Rock n Roll!)

All that we ask is that you share in our ethos of The Circle and support us to pay if forward for some of our tenants service users and Circle Volunteers to attend

The ticket price of £10 per person will help cover costs and this includes a couple of drinks package and buffet .

By paying for your ticket plus one forward you will enable someone else to join in the fun too! For this generous donation we will adverstise in kind all our supporters in a thank you post!

We are also running a Secret Santa lucky dip with a suggested donation of £5 (some are worth considerably more and will be a great last minute gift idea for those struggling to know what to get that someone special).

You can also make a donatiion to our community offering next year for those with financial barriers to learning and training opportunities.

Click here to book or make a donation

Donations of gifts to the secret Santa are most welcome!

Do get in touch with simona@thecircledundee.org .uk about this!

Season’s greeting from the Circle Team.

Kirsty, Paul & Simona


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The Circle 1 Year on

The Circle formally opened on the Friday 25th November 2016 and this Saturday we are celebrating our 1st Anniversary at our premises at Staffa Place.

The Circle provides affordable work space to charities, social enterprises and businesses and now have 16 tenants; ACK, Enable Scotland, Ashton McGill, Prestige Health and Safety Training, Fields in Trust, Apex Scotland, Lumillo Casting Studio, The Story Edge, Grant McGregor Ltd, Co-operative Learning Consultants, The Food Train, Uppertunity, Wastewater Technical Services Ltd, Informationalities Ltd, Rathbone and Cornerstone.

In addition, The Circle has had hundreds of local people through the doors attending groups such as Slimming World, BeaFit mother and baby fitness classes and charity, social enterprise and business events and networking events.

The Circle is about to embark on a new training and development programme. We are also developing their co-work space, a creative space, a Friends of The Circle package and various corporate sponsorship packages over the coming months.

Saturday is our 1st Birthday and on Saturday we are celebrating with Uppertunity at their Christmas Market https://www.facebook.com/events/564643300593554/

Founder and CEO, Kirsty Thomson, says the event recognises the hard work that has gone into starting the project so far and kick starts the beginning of an exciting new era for the building. She adds, “The generosity of organisations and people in Dundee to get The Circle going has been tremendously encouraging. The purpose of The Circle is to increase interactions between organisation, and by facilitating appropriate space and opportunities seeing them thrive.”

The Circle Manager, Paul Hastie, says “Even in just the last six months there has been a huge transformation. The number of people through the doors has risen massively with more and more people engaging with the old building. We’re very keen to hear ideas from the local community about what more we can offer.”

About The Circle

Charities, social enterprises and businesses are to benefit from the creation of a new community hub in Dundee. The Circle is located in Staffa Place in Dundee and it is being transformed into office, co-working and event space. The building will be developed in phases over the coming years.

As well as providing spaces for organisations to work, The Circle, is host to a regular lunch clubs, groups for older people, community gardens and event space for community groups.

Other groups in the city already hire meeting rooms in the building to run training sessions and meetings.

For enquiries about offices and bookings contact The Circle Manager, Paul Hastie on paul@thecircledundee.org.uk