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.

Interested in this opportunity? Contact Alice on reception@thecircledundee.org.uk

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

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

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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