Until recently I was employed as the Financial Controller of a construction company at the same time as running my own bookkeeping/accountancy business. Due to the retirement and closure of the company I found myself reconsidering my future career.Continue reading
I am writing this on my third day working with The Circle and I have already been blown away by what an incredible and exciting place it is to be. The buzz when you walk through the door is infectious and instantly makes you want to get involved.Continue reading
The Circle has today been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at The Circle receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00 in the UK or £10.55 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.21 per hour.Continue reading
The Circle and Creative Dundee are collaborating again to deliver the sixth round of Dundee Soup. Dundee Soup is a social event which gives micro grants to local community based projects to make their ideas a reality.
The next Dundee Soup is taking place on Wednesday 8th May from 6pm – 8pm at the V&A Dundee as part of Dundee Design Month 2019. With a special focus on design, we’re looking forward to hear from people who want to use design in their community – in relation to space, organisational change, food sharing, human well-being or energy efficiency, to name a few. Find out more about how you can attend or pitch your idea here.
The Circle is opening a training café at its Staffa Place premises. The café will train young people to work in the café and offer employment. We have joined forces with Barnardo’s Works, Dundee City Council and Leisure and Culture Dundee to apply to the Community Lottery Fund for funding to start-up this innovative project. Designed to support the needs of looked after young people and care leavers, the café will employ a Café Manager, Supervisor and several Café and Events Assistants. The Manager and Supervisor positions have been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Young Start.
The Circle will be running a free Open Day on Friday 5th April from 9.30am to 8pm. We are inviting the public to meet its staff, volunteers and the different organisations that are based here. People will get the chance to find out about the variety of services that The Circle and our tenants offer and how they can get involved themselves.
The Circle houses a wide range of organisations from sole traders to national charities. Our tenants include Better:Gen, Dundee Independent Advocacy Support, Uppertunity CIC, Cornerstone and Togs SCIO. Attendees of the Open Day will get to learn about what these tenant organisations do and hear about how The Circle came to be. The public will also get to learn about the variety of regular activities available at The Circle which cater to a number of people. This includes mother and baby fitness classes, art, cooking and gardening classes for people with additional needs and an intergenerational choir.
Founder and CEO of The Circle, Kirsty Thomson, is excited for more of the local community to find out about The Circle.
“The open day will really be a chance for people to get a behind the scenes look at what’s going on at The Circle. We want to show the public not only what we and our tenants can do for them, but how they can get involved and become part of this community.
This event will also give the public the chance to tell
us what they would like to get from The Circle and our tenants.”
More information about the Open Day can be found on Eventbrite: https://thecircledundee-openday.eventbrite.co.uk
As our IT support providers, Shackleton Technologies have supported our growth from a team of two in a start-up social enterprise to a team that has just recruited its tenth member of staff and is running a building at capacity. From brokering a leased line broadband connection with a communications provider to delivering desktop support for the team, Shackleton ensure we can we have an infrastructure in place that allows the team to be productive and deliver services while having a positive social impact on the community.
Shackleton Managing Director, Steve Ross, is a supporter of The Circle, attending events and encouraging our management team. At our Social Impact Report launch, Steve kindly offered to donate a new PC for our Founder & CEO, Kirsty.
Steve said, “It has been our pleasure to support The Circle with their IT requirements. We were impressed with the vision of a community hub to do social good in the city and are delighted to see them reach full occupancy. We wanted to mark the publication of their impressive Social Impact Report by donating a PC to boost the infrastructure the team use for delivering work that really helps people in the city.”
We are excited to be facilitating a programme of free events here at The Circle as part of this year’s Fire Starter Festival. These events will be run as part of the Resilient Communities programme in partnership with UnLtd.
These events are part of the Fire Starter Festival 2019. The Fire Starter Festival is an annual festival highlighting and celebrating innovation and creativity in Scottish public services, with a particular focus on transformational change. The Festival is curated and organised by Scottish Government, with events hosted by a broad range of public sector, third sector and community organisations. In 2019 it will run between 28 January – 8 February.Continue reading
The Circle will be launching our 2 year Social Impact Report on Thursday 6th December from 4pm until 6pm.
The report will showcase the impact The Circle has had on our tenants, the local community and social entrepreneurs. This event will be the public and free to attend at our premises on Staffa Place.
The report will be available to view and download on The Circle website from 4pm on Thursday 6th December.
Kirsty Thomson Founder and CEO is delighted with the impact with the impact that The Circle has made just two years after launching.
“I am looking forward to celebrating the hard work that myself and The Circle team have put in since our launch. We have been operating for just over two years and are very proud tosee the difference that The Circle is making to individuals and organisations across the city.
This event will also give us the chance to thank everyone who has supported us in this time including ourtenants, board members, volunteers and the local community.”
On Wednesday 21st November, Kirsty delivered a free masterclass at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Entrepreneurship. The Centre of Entrepreneurship host Entrepreneurial Masterclasses which offer advanced insights into the career journey of successful entrepreneurs, and also knowledge of a cutting-edge area which they have become experts in. Masterclasses complement the Enterprise Challenge programme by providing insights you can apply to your business idea drawn from the latest trends for the modern entrepreneur. The talks are open to students, staff and general public.
Kirsty Thomson is Founder CEO of ACK CIC as well as The Circle Scotland CIC.
After graduating with a degree in Social Science from University of Abertay and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from The University Sunderland. Kirsty embarked on a career research through the University of Dundee and Newcastle University which involved working across psychology, health, community development and the voluntary sector in the UK. Kirsty has worked with and for charities, social enterprises and community groups for the past 20 years.
Kirsty is working with community groups, charities and social enterprises to become better businesses and help communities thrive. She believes in doing things differently and moving away from the silos that keep sectors and structures apart. She has secured over £13 million in her career and wants to promote the #MoreThanProfitApproach to running a business.