Jennifer Gall’s take on our recent Make May Purple event

The amazing thing about working with the Stroke Association is that everyone is in the same position as me, so I feel part of a community which boosts my confidence greatly and I am more confident about talking about my stroke and how far I have come.

In the first five years or so all my friends were going to uni or going on holiday which is so frustrating. I thought, ‘why is this happening to me?’ I heavily relied on my parents to do everything including talking or making bookings etc as my circumstances had changed. I realised that I have to step up and be more forward about college and wanting to do something for me not just pleasing my parents.

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Living Wage Employers welcome Scottish Government Minister for Business, Fair Work & Skills to celebrate ‘Making Dundee a Living Wage City’

Dundee’s most recently accredited Living Wage employers gathered at Social Enterprise ‘The Circle’ today to host a visit from Jamie Hepburn, the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Fair Work & Skills.  

Mr. Hepburn met with staff from The Circle alongside representatives from Coldside Medical Practice, cleaning company Star Clean, vegan café Marwick’s, mental health charity Feeling Strong and arts charity Creative Dundee.

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Non Executive Director

The Circle would like to appoint one additional non-executive director to our board. As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion we are keen to strengthen the stakeholder representation on the board by adding someone who has lived experience of the services provided by the Circle. This could be as one of our tenants at Staffa Place, or someone who has benefited from the services we provide in some other way. 

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The Circle to launch pilot programme of night classes for the community

Local social enterprise hub, The Circle is launching The Circle Night School Pilot Programme. The programme will offer a wide range of courses that will run during evenings and weekends at their building at Staffa Place in Dundee.

The courses will be taught by local tutors and hobby enthusiasts from Dundee and surrounding areas. To promote this new initiative, The Circle is inviting people from the local community to an open event on the 6th of May where they can learn more about the night school, meet the tutors and have the chance to sign up to courses. The Circle Night School classes start the week beginning the 20th of May.

You can register to attend the open event for free at: https://thecirclenightschool-openevent.eventbrite.co.uk

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Dundee Soup Returns for its Sixth Serving

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.

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The Circle Cafe

The National Lottery to fund training café at The Circle

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.

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