GSK Volunteer team brightened up one of our meeting rooms

A few weeks ago we had volunteers from GSK visit our building and help us out by painting one of our training room spaces.

GSK are an organisation that develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer health products. They aim to bring differentiated, high-quality and needed healthcare products to as many people as possible, with their 3 global businesses, scientific and technical know-how and talented people.

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The Circle launches training programme in partnership with Caledonia Housing Association

The Circle has worked with charity Caledonia Housing Association to run a training programme for their home help service staff. The aim of this initiative is to empower the staff to become more enterprising in order to help make the changes that they would like to see made to the current home help services.

The Circle has worked closely with Caledonia Housing Association’s Home Help Coordinator, Maureen Menzies, and Head of Support Services, Gill Donoghue, to develop the course. The training sessions will cover a range of topics including growth mindset, business models and pricing. The outcome of the training will be that the staff who attend will develop a more enterprising mindset and work together to create a pitch on the changes think should be made to the current home help service. They will then deliver their pitch to the CEO and the Board of Caledonia Housing Association.

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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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Social Digital Sprint Day

In October the University of Dundee‘s Social Digital Society ran the Social Digital Sprint Day. The Social Digital Sprint day is a day of design, fun and problem solving. It involves participants being split up into teams and working on producing a creative solution to the brief set within the space of a few hours. This day encourages people from different backgrounds in different years to all come together over a common goal to produce a coherent piece of work.

The Circle was asked to present a brief for the teams to come up with ideas for in order to win the competition. This was the brief that the teams were presented with:

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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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WHY Lunch and Learn?

As a new and growing organisation, we have much to learn. We want to invite the community to come along and learn with us too.

The Circle is the most recent tenant of a 1960s training centre. It is ideally set up to offer learning opportunities in classroom, seminar and practical settings with a kitchen and gardens available; so let’s start learning!

From June we will be offering free weekly ‘lunch and learn’ sessions on an absurdly wide range of topics. We can do this due to the generosity of the people in our network who are happy to give us an hour of their time to talk about and demonstrate their skills and expertise. We also invite you to bring a packed lunch with you so you can spend your lunch hour replenishing both your mind and body.

We will be holding most of the sessions in our co-working space. This gives you a chance to see the space that is currently available for free use and gives you an opportunity to meet other people from the community.

Our lunch and learn sessions can be of interest to businesses, charities, individuals, community groups, members of the public and families. The whole point of The Circle is to get these groups mixing and sharing skills and services. By building a community, we can make connections and build collaborations for the benefit of Dundee.

The second session can be booked via Eventbrite:

21st June at 12noon – Easy steps to increase your IT security with Steve Smith from Shackleton Technologies.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lunch-and-learn-at-the-circle-easy-steps-to-increase-your-it-security-tickets-34745906943

Please consider booking a place at one of these sessions and if you wish to come and share your skills, do leave a comment.

We are also keen to get a range of requests for topics to cover. Future events may include tax, sour dough pizza-making, personal injury and credit score strategies.

By Nicola Donnelly

How to recruit delegates to your next training event

We often see organisations book our meeting rooms in Dundee to offer training sessions. Typically, organisations identify a training requirement that organisations across Dundee and Angus share. It is a way of offering a snapshot of their expertise and deliver valuable information in a short timeframe.

Organisations have to cover the cost of their time, the venue, catering and of course, the valuable expertise they have spent years developing.  Sometimes organisations have funding to deliver training free of charge to the recipient. In many cases, the organisation charges delegates to come along.

Most training sessions come about with an identified need in a particular sector or due to changes in external factors.

The training organisation books the room then puts the event up on Eventbrite or their own website and they get on with trying to promote the event. There are some factors we have seen that can lead to events being very well subscribed, and others struggling. Here are some things to consider.

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Why do training off-site? The benefits of booking external meeting space for staff training

At The Circle we see groups receiving all kinds of training at our Dundee location – health and safety, operational procedures, business strategy, customer service, social media, confidence workshops, parenting, social enterprise start-up, design, volunteering and more. Sometimes this training is delivered to members of the public but often organisations come and do their internal staff development work at The Circle.

We are on hand to see and hear the benefits of getting out of your usual workplace for staff training.

  • Being interruption-free

While writing this blog, I was interrupted four times. I wish you could read the brilliant version that I could have written in isolation without phone calls and reception desk enquiries. We all know that in business that is not always possible but for some things you really need to be in an interruption-free zone.

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Questions asked about The Circle on a daily basis

A blog post by Jasmin, Creative Apprentice at The Circle.

Nicola and myself have come up with some questions about The Circle people tend to ask the most often. I have typed up the questions and also put the answers to them underneath so it is easier for people to find out more information about The Circle without scanning through the website for the answer you are looking for. Hopefully we have covered all of them!

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I need a venue for a meeting in Dundee. Why would I use The Circle?

From our combined experiences of working with businesses, social enterprises, charities and other organisations, we know that meeting space can be difficult to come by. We have all used meeting rooms that have been too expensive, lack parking, have poor facilities, are in inconvenient locations and are cramped spaces without natural light. We are sure that these conditions stop us being as productive as we can be!

The Circle is a social enterprise that has been set up to provide affordable working spaces and event facilities in Dundee. Most organisations have a limited budget for meetings and training and often, even more crucially, do not have time to waste. At The Circle we think we can address these issues with our meeting spaces.

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