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:

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:

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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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 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