Sekai Machache has joined The Circle team

I’m excited to be the most recent member of The Circle team! I started in my role as the Junior Communications Assistant in March 2019. After spending a full year concentrating on my creative practice as a visual artist, I felt it was time that I found a position that was going to be more than just a day job. I was looking for a role that would offer me the opportunity to build a career in an area that would allow me to utilise the skills I have acquired over years of self-directed artistic practice. Before joining the team, I had been working mostly in retail, customer service and receptionist roles which developed my verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.

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Our Business Development Officer, Nicola

I joined The Circle in the summer of 2016 as Facilities and Services Development Manager. It had been a difficult year for me personally. I had closed down my retail business at the start of the year and was working for another organisation in the city which wasn’t quite the right fit for me. Prior to opening my own business, I had worked for the University of Dundee for eight years and was experienced in and enthusiastic about communication, marketing and administration. I needed something to get my teeth into, where I would have a level of autonomy and  be in a culture that needed initiative, effort and resilience.

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Job Opportunity – Academy Manager

Academy Manager

Location –The Circle, 4 – 6 Staffa Place, Dundee, DD2 3SX

Hours –Full time (35 hours per week)

Salary –£25,000 – £30,000 dependant on experience

Introduction

The Circle is an award-winning Social Enterprise in Dundee. Recognised for their social impact, The Circle is a business and community hub and is home to 17 organisations ranging from small private businesses to national charities. With big ambitions for 2019, The Circle is seeking a commercially aware and professional Academy Manager to join their team and take the lead on developing the programme within the organisation. An exciting opportunity to join the motivated team of one of Dundee’s most thriving new Social Enterprises.

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Jenny McCarthy has joined The Circle team

I am The Circle’s newest member of staff having joined in January 2019. My role is Trainee Associate Consultant so I will be working closely with Kirsty on our consultancy services.

I started at The Circle after four years working for ACK Third Sector Consultancy CIC, a consultancy for charities, social enterprises, community groups and individuals working in the third sector. My time with ACK began on a 13-week placement through Craigowl Communities’ Toolbox Project. The placement involved doing administrative work. After the placement was finished, they decided to keep me on part time as a Junior Administrator. In time my role developed and I moved into a new position as a Marketing Officer which was a great fit for me.

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Young stroke survivor, Jennifer, goes from strength to strength at The Circle

The Circle has taken on a new member of staff to handle bookings of their event and meeting rooms as well as scheduling training for the local community. Jennifer Gall joined The Circle team in November 2018 as Bookings and Training Administrator. This followed a year of working as a Junior Administrator for third sector consultancy, ACK, a role that was funded by Community Jobs Scotland.

Before her time with ACK, Jennifer had been unemployed for a number of months and had struggled to find employment. Jennifer had a stroke when she was 18 which left her with aphasia – an inability (or impaired ability) to understand or produce speech – as a result, some organisations that Jennifer had applied to work for doubted her abilities which made finding a job harder.

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Job Opportunity – Financial Controller position

Job title – Financial Controller

Company name – Circle Scotland CIC

Job location – Dundee

Salary – £30,000 – £36,000 per year (depending on experience)

Job type – Full-time

Job description

The Circle is an award-winning Social Enterprise in Dundee. Recognised for our social impact, The Circle is a business and community hub and is home to 17 organisations ranging from small private businesses to national charities. With big ambitions for 2019, The Circle is seeking a driven and professional Financial Controller to join the team and take the lead on finance within the organisation. An exciting opportunity to join the motivated team of one of Dundee’s most thriving new Social Enterprises.

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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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Welcoming you to The Circle Dundee on a Wednesday morning is Shiyi Liu

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE CIRCLE?

I noticed some interesting events of The Circle via Facebook, it was shared by the University of Dundee page.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

As a passionate young adult, I am finishing my International Business project and I am looking forward to be a volunteer here since Dundee is a really nice and magic place that gives me a lot of surprises. At the same time, I have been very grateful for what I have received and now it seems a good way to give it back. I thought  I could be involved in some productive stuff especially to gain some new skills this summer.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE CIRCLE?

Before I came here to see the building here I knew that The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups in Dundee, providing affordable offices, co-working and community space. The founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kirsty Thomson, is a friendly and charming lady who showed us every corner inside the building and after that I knew more about of The Circle and how things operated here.

WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE CIRCLE?

Smiling is a lovely way to greet with people and I think it’s a good way to start a brand new day as well. Working as a receptionist can be a pleasant experience because you can see different individuals and try to help them as much as you can. Besides, being patient and willing to listen to others really make sense. I am quite happy with the current situation and every week I feel inspired by all my lovely colleagues.

 

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities at The Circle please contact paul@thecircledundee.org.uk for more information.

Welcoming you to The Circle on a Tuesday afternoon is Corinne Duncan

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE CIRCLE?

Having been going through some changes at work, I found myself looking for some new opportunities so I actually came across The Circle by accident in my search. Everything happens for a reason right?

WHY DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

I have been a Volunteer Therapist at Roxburgh House for the last 3 years so I already know what a difference it can make to offer a service that might not otherwise be available. It’s an excellent way to feel part of the community. Having been in the same job for a very long time, volunteering at The Circle also gives me the chance to see what else I can do.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE CIRCLE?

The first thing I noticed was how friendly everyone is. It makes for a great environment. I really like that the circle is about the community and giving back. I think it’s a great idea to give the different charities and community groups around Dundee a chance to come together, get to know each other and share ideas. The co-working space is genius…and affordable. I remember my son looking for something like this a few years ago when working from home (it might have saved him a small fortune in coffee shops) but the few spaces available were expensive.

WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE CIRCLE?

I hope to bring a warm friendly welcome to everyone who walks through our doors. My IT skills only just get me by but I’m keen to learn and hopefully my HR experience will help make up for that. I feel quite excited to be part of something that is going to grow into something special for Dundee.

Welcoming you to the Circle on a Tuesday morning is Jeff Nyoni

How did you find out about the Circle?

I had wanted to start volunteering in Dundee for the last few months. As my schedule cleared with my exams being done, I then had the time available to do so. Luckily at that time someone posted a link to the Circle website on a University of Dundee Facebook group and here I am!

 

Why do you want to volunteer?

I have always believed that volunteering is an important part of my continuing education and personal growth. I feel that I get to learn about myself and work on my weakness in this environment. That is my motivation in volunteering.

What do you like about the Circle?

I like working with organizations that help their local communities. It’s inspiring to see how many people care about members of the Dundee community and wake up every day to try and help those around them.

What will you bring to the Circle?

I bring my experience working in various roles in organizations trying to create a lasting impact, an enthusiasm to always be a productive part of the community, and an eagerness to learn more about how all the organizations at the Circle help others every single day.

 

If you are interested in Volunteering at The Circle, please contact paul@thecircledundee.org.uk