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

The “Highly Commended” Circle

Being recognised for doing a good job is always rewarding. It makes your efforts ( read: screaming internally whenever the bell/phone/door/sanity goes) feel worthwhile! So when we, The Circle, were recognised as “Highly Commended” at the recent prestigious Courier Business Awards it served as a real milestone of just how far we’ve come.

 

Days fly past at an incredible rate where you’re left scratching your head wondering where the hours have gone. Only in hindsight can we recognise the great work that has been done, and continues to be done by the whole team at The Circle. This award has cemented that thought, by being something tangible in the form of a formal recognition. We can actually look at it and know that we’re going in the right direction. Who knows where that direction will take us next.

 

The award  not only reflects the hard work of Kirsty, Nicola and myself and of course our fantastic board of Directors Euan, Ali, Mike, Jo and Pete. It really belongs to all of us… The volunteers who, day to day keep this place running. Manning the reception, cleaning the corridors, kitchens and toilets. Delivering the mail and just overall bringing life to the building. It also belongs to the remarkable family of tenants we’re so lucky to have here. Without them and the incredible work they do, The Circle just wouldn’t be The Circle. The tremendous combined effort of everyone has paid off, coming full “Circle”. This is exactly what we’ve set out to do, and we’ve proven it – that working together, from individuals to organisations – breeds success.

DNQehkDXkAIHiuoLooking to the future we want to continue to build on that success. We’re still keen to recruit more volunteers for various roles from marketing to gardening. We’re open to using the building for great ideas to serve the community. We’re also looking to secure more venue bookings for local and national charities, social enterprises as well as corporate businesses – so get in touch!

 

For enquires about anything please email reception@thecircledundee.org.uk who will direct your query to the relevant people!

 

Tenant Tuesday – Meet Cornerstone

photo       This week we would like to introduce you to Cornerstone, who provide care and support services for adults, children and young people with disabilities and other support needs. They help them realise their true potential while creating increased social inclusion, improved independence health and general wellbeing.

Cornerstone came to The Circle in May of this year because the idea of a social enterprise hub was something that very much appealed to them, particularly the idea of building relationships and co-working with like-minded people from other organisations.

In fact, being able to meet and build a network of contacts with various groups and people that they may not have come into contact with has already proven successful. They have made a really great link with Uppertunity CIC and its “Simply Stitch” Group, which has allowed some of the adults they support to take up sewing. The classes are pitched at a good level for those they support and they have been making some really high quality items, including cushion covers, which has given them a real sense of pride in what they have achieved.

We at The Circle are delighted to see our tenants and groups be able to come together and support each other, and are very much looking forward to see what happens next.

So far we have introduced you to Food Train and  Lumilo Casting Studio. We have more to come.

Tenant Tuesday – Meet Food Train

Your name and organisation and what you do?

Food Train is a Scottish Charity supporting local older people to live independently in their own communities.

When did you move into The Circle – February 2017

What made you choose the Circle? – Location and the opportunity to be more integrated in the community.

What you do like about being here? – Being able to engage with other organisations and possible networking prospects.

What do you and your organisation hope to bring to The Circle and its community ? – Being more visible in the community and accessible.

The Courier Business Awards – The Circle shortlisted for YOUNG BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

We are delighted to be shortlisted for this Award.

Here is a little bit more about it!

The Courier Business Awards

This category acknowledges exciting and innovative new companies operating in Courier Country. Open to any business from any sector which started trading or launched a distinct new business venture within the past three years.

Key criteria:

Demonstration of innovation and service excellence

Entrepreneurial spark

Commitment to developing new talent through apprenticeship/continued professional development programmes,

Commercial success and/or evidence of growth

Commitment to local procurement

Fantastic winners Prize:

Insights is delighted to offer you and your senior management team the opportunity to experience our flagship model, Insights Discovery*.

Insights Discovery helps people to better understand themselves and others. It begins with an easy to answer online evaluation that takes around 20 minutes to complete. The individual then receives an Insights Discovery Personal Profile that highlights their strengths and weaknesses, communication style, approach to problems and value to the team.

 The Insights Discovery Personal Profile can be used for individual coaching sessions or as part of a team workshop experience. By providing learning that works for you and your team, we’ll help deliver personal breakthroughs that lead to business breakthroughs.

*Up to a maximum of 10 people. Offer must be used by 31 October 2018. For more information and additional terms and conditions, please contact:communications@insights.com

SHORTLIST

 

Tenant Tuesday – Meet Lucy Milne from Lumilo Casting Studio

Your name and organisation and what you do?

My name is Lucy Milne and I am the director of Lumilo Casting Studio. We specialise in creating life castings of the human body. We take incredibly detailed impressions and make them tangible memories to keep forever. People may be most familiar with baby feet/hand castings, but we are also very busy with couples hand castings, and family castings featuring up to 8 family members.

When did you move into The Circle?
We moved in May 2017 and haven’t looked back since.
What made you choose the Circle?
Unfortunately, I had a bad experience with another studio space I was renting, and was desperately looking for somewhere else. I posted on Facebook, and a friend of mine put me in touch with a friend of The Circle. I am so grateful to both of them for introducing me, as I absolutely love it here. Once I viewed the space, I was blown away with the size of the space, the community feel, and the friendly atmosphere. I knew instantly it was the ideal place for Lumilo Casting Studio.
What you do like about being here?
I like how there are different friendly faces on reception every day, and no one passes you without saying hello. If I ever have any queries, they are always answered quickly and in a professional yet friendly manner. I like how big the building is, I always feel as though I have plenty of my own space. My customers always comment how nice an atmosphere the building has, when they visit my studio.
What do you and your organisation hope to bring to The Circle and its community?
I hope to bring something different to The Circle as we aren’t your typical business model, and we always attract attention from visitors when we are out taking photographs, or have adorable babies in for their castings. I would love to be involved in work with other tenants of The Circle, whether that be to collaborate, or even host a day of team building with a group of people. Life casting is fun after all!
You can see more of Lucy’s work here Lumilo Casting Studio

Kirsty selected for Saltire Fellowship Programme

Kirsty Thomson, Founder and CEO of ACK and The Circle Dundee, is one of 18 people from across Scotland who will take part in this year’s Saltire Fellowship Programme through Entrepreneurial Scotland.
Designed and delivered in partnership with Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts, the Saltire Fellowship Programme will offer individuals access to a world-class executive leadership development programme with an experiential dimension.
The programme is short, sharp and intense. It is experiential, not theoretical; taught largely by very successful business people who provide pragmatic teaching shaped through their real-world business experience. The core programme is delivered over six months in Scotland and the USA and it will cover Sales, Marketing & Markets, Innovation, Entrepreneurial Finance, Business Strategy and Leadership.
Whilst at Babson, Fellows will be immersed into the Boston ecosystem with weekly company visits. Fellows will then travel to Silicon Valley for a week-long learning journey.
Upon return to Scotland, company sponsored Fellows will reintegrate into their organisations while open enrolment Fellows will begin working with their hosts for three months on a growth/change project. A second learning module delivered by Strathclyde Business School will take place in January in Scotland.
This year Scottish Government have part funded two social enterprises to take part in the fellowship this year Kirsty Thomson – ACK/The Circle and Christine (Tynah) Matembe – Passion 4 Fusion.
Will Tyler-Greig, Head of Social Enterprise at the Scottish Government, said:
“Social entrepreneurs like Kirsty harness the power of business to improve communities right across Scotland, reinvesting profits into a social or environmental mission.  As part of Scotland’s new 10-year social enterprise strategy, the Scottish Government is delighted to support Kirsty, founder of ACK and The Circle Dundee, allowing her to participate in this world-class leadership and development programme.”
Dr. Claudia Cavalluzzo, Head of Saltire Fellowship Programme Entrepreneurial Scotland said:
 “By supporting Kirsty to enrol on the programme, both ACK and the Circle will grow and this will create a ripple effect of inspiration and support for Social Enterprise communities nationally.”
Kirsty said:
“I am delighted to be recognised for my work. A massive thank you to Scottish Government for the funding to represent Social Enterprise. Also thank you to The Northwood Charitable Trust for their support, to the Board of Directors of both companies, staff and volunteers who are supporting me on this journey”.

Welcoming you to The Circle on a Monday afternoon is Vhairi Urquhart

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE CIRCLE?

I am a recent Business Management graduate; therefore I found this as an appropriate time to search for local projects and activities that I could become involved in. I discovered The Circle through my research and felt this is an interesting and unique opportunity that immediately caught my attention.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

Now I am no longer committed to my studies, I feel I have a lot of spare time on my hands. I like the idea of spending my time giving back to the community by using my skills and experience, however also learning additional skills along the way.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE CIRCLE?

The Circle is a friendly and welcoming environment, with the aim to enhance the community and encourage collaborative working conditions. I think this is a special opportunity for Dundee. Offering space to local charities and groups under the same roof, at affordable prices, is ideal as this encourages a sense of direction and working together.

WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE CIRCLE?

I hope to give visitors and tenants a positive first impression of The Circle and its many benefits. I am a hardworking and motivated individual; therefore I am dedicated to achieving any set goals or tasks given to me. The future plans for The Circle are exciting and the opportunities are endless. I am looking forward to telling people that I have been involved in the process of transforming this facility into something new and unique for Dundee.

Welcoming you to The Circle on a Friday is Eddie Baines

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE CIRCLE?

I had heard about what was happening at the circle firstly through our Eco-Abertay staff at University, who told me of what was happening up at the old Dewar’s House, I had then been notified through the staff at the Student Association of the volunteering opportunities that where becoming available, as the staff where aware I was looking for something to do over summer.

It’s great to see these projects rising up especially in Dundee at present with communities no longer sitting waiting on help but pro-actively seeking and creating opportunities, through the work being done in Strathmartine and Lochee, and now with the Circle people who may not have had a chance to shine now do and its thanks to the dedication of people like Kirsty and others who create and give up their time for these ventures to start.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

The biggest reason for volunteering for me is gaining experience, and I am definitely about constantly challenging myself to achieve new goals and doing new things, I think it’s great as volunteering enables us to gather some experience so when it comes to applying for jobs in the future they can see a vast array of experience that you have gained.

 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE CIRCLE?

The variety is what makes it interesting to me, although only here for short periods of time, the days can be very different depending on what’s happening in the building, the tenants are all very warm friendly people and always stop for a chat, the staff they employ are just the same, then the visitors these can brighten up your day and are always a joy to welcome to the building, it has a real community feel to the space and its always great to be part of a community.

 

WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE CIRCLE?

I would hope to bring a warm inviting personality to the reception a can do attitude and a willingness to go the extra mile whatever the circumstance, I believe the receptionist or first contact should always be the one who makes you feel welcome and at ease, and hopefully that’s what I do.

 

If you are interested in any volunteering opportunities at The Circle please contact Paul

paul@thecircledundee.org.uk