Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: Get up to speed with The Circle

The rise of Bitcoin and other digital currencies has been hard to miss. What was once a niche and relatively obscure experiment has now emerged as a potentially disruptive new technology.

This topic has received notable interest around the world. Whether that be from the outrageous price fluctuations in the price of digital assets like Bitcoin or the fevered interest with which large banks and multinationals invest in Blockchain research and acquisitions.

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A Case Study by Sam Coleman of the Wise Group

Case Study – Michael Ratcliffe

I first met Michael back in April 2018. Before I’d joined the Wise Group Michael had just been through a call centre academy with us and had subsequently moved into employment. Sadly Michael didn’t take to the training that well and hadn’t received the support he needed while at work. Michael is autistic and has certain requirements while learning new information.

He wanted to do admin so we discussed his CV and where he’d like to work. I had already become rather fond of Michael and started to understand him better each time we met. He already knew how old I was, how many family members I had and indeed how old they are. We had spent a lot of time together while I worked to arrange an admin placement for him in Dundee. Michael is an absolute joy to work with and he clearly has a lot to offer.

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The Circle works with Dundee Comics Creative Space to provide free after school comic club

Local community hub, The Circle, is collaborating with Dundee Comics Creative Space to run a free 10 week programme of comic workshops for 10 to 17 year olds in Dundee. ‘Dundee After School Comic Club’ will be running every Thursday from 4.30pm to 6pm beginning on Thursday 6th September. Artists from Dundee Comics Creative Space will be on hand each week to guide the young people through designing their own characters and story worlds. Then they will help them create stories and turn their plots and characters into finished comics pages.

Damon Herd, Coordinator of Dundee Comics Creative Space is excited to be working with The Circle to deliver the programme.

“DCCS is delighted to be working with The Circle on a programme of comics workshops over the next few months. We came together through connections with The Rank Foundation, who, along with the University of Dundee, are a core funder of DCCS. One of the main reasons for running our regular Comics Clubs is to reach out to the young people of Dundee and offer free workshops in which anyone can explore their creativity. We also do outreach workshops in schools and community centres to allow access for young people who often find it difficult to come in to town.

“Teaming up with The Circle is a great opportunity to expand on these workshops and provide a larger Comics Club programme for more young people across Dundee. We are really excited to have the space and time to run in-depth comics-making workshops for young people and are so looking forward to seeing the comics they will produce!”

Kirsty Thomson, Founder & CEO of The Circle, said, “We are delighted that the Comics Creative Space are bringing their popular after school programme to The Circle. We are looking to increase the number of community events that we offer and this is a great way to get kids into The Circle. There is a great creative scene in Dundee and it’s important we bring opportunities like this out into communities.”

For more information and to book places at the comic club go to: https://dundeeafterschoolcomicclub.eventbrite.co.uk

Social Entrepreneurs pitch for a share of £20k

Four social entrepreneurs will be pitching for their share of a £20k grant through the Resilient Communities Awards programme. As well as the pitching event, there will be a range of free events open to the prospective grant recipients and the general public.

Run in partnership with UnLtd Scotland, these events are taking place over Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th September at The Circle Dundee on Staffa Place. Attendees will hear from entrepreneurs about their journeys and watch the pitching event. There are also free spaces to learn how to improve pitching skills, find out about the benefits of adopting a growth mindset and hear from members of The Big Lottery Scotland team.

Kirsty Thomson, Founder & CEO of The Circle, said, “We are grateful to UnLtd for partnering with us to provide this opportunity to social entrepreneurs to gain access to a share of £20,000 to support their own development. It is clear to support social enterprise we have to invest in the entrepreneurs behind them. By working with experienced facilitators we will be making sure that the pitchers are well-prepared and are pleased that the public can also benefit from these sessions.”

More information about the Resilient Communities Dundee Awards programme of events can be found at: https://thecircledundee.org.uk/2018/08/24/resilient-communities-dundee-awards-events-2018-19/

Dundee Soup is back in September!

Dundee Soup gives micro-grants to local community-based projects to make ideas a reality, over a simple supper dinner. The fourth Dundee Soup will take place on Tuesday 25th September 2018 from 6pm – 8.30pm, at Roseangle Kitchen Cafe.

Dundee Soup is a social event supporting local community-based projects and creating new connections in the city. For a suggested donation of £5 or more, you can join us on the night, receive a simple soup supper and hear four short presentations from local people with creative ideas to benefit their community – these can range from art, design, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and much more. At the end of the night, everyone gives their donations directly to their preferred projects!

Book your ticket here.

Dundee Soup dinners are open to anyone: whether you need help for an idea that could benefit the Dundee community or whether you want to support a local community-based project. Read more about the event here.

If you are interested in hosting a Dundee Soup in the future, sponsor the supper, play some music, or something else on the night then get in touch – we’d love to hear from you: news@creativedundee.com.

Interested in pitching at this event?

Anyone who has an idea to benefit Dundee’s communities can pitch – whether you are an individual, small team or community group. The application deadline is midnight, Sunday 16th September 2018. Please fill out the form here.

Resilient Communities Dundee Awards Events 2018/19

The Circle is excited to host a series of exciting and engaging events as part of our Resilient Communities Programme with partners UnLtd and other facilitators.

This programme includes a variety of free events over the 3rd and 4th of September where attendees can gain insight from successful entrepreneurs, learn how to pitch their ideas, find out more about growth mindset and watch social entrepreneurs make their pitch for a share of £20k funding from Resilient Communities.

Resilient Communities Event Programme

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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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