The Circle Chit Chat at DC Thomson

DC Thomson are hosting The Circle Chit Chat on Thursday 30th May!

The Circle Chit Chat is a free and informal networking opportunity for anyone involved with a charity, social enterprise or community group. Hosted by a different organisation each time, it runs on a quarterly basis and includes short presentations on subjects of interest to those present including funding, social media skills, service design, team building and much more. There is always time to network with others and opportunities for cooperative working.

You can register for a free ticket here.

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Darryl and Danielle Gaffney Du Plooy from Uppertunity at the first Dundee Soup

Funding for projects that benefit the Dundee community

The next edition of Dundee Soup is to take place at The Circle on Saturday 1st December. This is to be the fifth round of the event, but this festive edition will be different to previous rounds as it will be part of Fair Saturday. Fair Saturday is a Scottish Government pilot initiative for 2018 which is being delivered by the Fair Saturday Foundation. Organised in partnership between Creative Dundee and the Circle Dundee, this event gives micro grants to local community-based projects to make ideas a reality, over a simple soup dinner.

For a suggested donation of £5, attendees receive a simple soup supper and will hear four short presentations from local people running community projects.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.  Once the groups pitch their projects to the attending public everyone votes for their preferred project, the ballots are counted, and the winner goes home with ALL the money raised on the night.

This edition of Dundee Soup has been funded by BEMIS Scotland via the Scotland’s Winter Festivals fund, and part of the St Andrew’s Fair Saturday Festival. This is a partnership between BEMIS Scotland and the Scottish Government to facilitate diverse, multicultural celebrations. This funding will allow The Circle and Creative Dundee to pay former Dundee Soup pitchers, Uppertunity, to make the soup which will give their members experience in event catering.

Danielle Du Plooy, who founded Uppertunity, is excited for the organisation to return to Dundee Soup as caterers. 
“Since pitching at the first Dundee Soup ourselves we have seen the benefits of not only the funding but also the connections it allowed us to make in Dundee. I would recommend it to anyone who has an idea that will benefit the local community. We have been able to grow our organisation, develop the gardens at The Circle and start to work collaboratively with more organisations.”

Who’s pitching at Soup?

The Art of Seeing Photography is a community-based Photography editing and printing suite in Studio 11, in Meadow Mill, which creates an exciting learning environment for photographers of all ages and stages. The ethos of the studio is simple, learn and exhibit work in a fun and imaginative way, building confidence through inspiration. Studio 11 is a truly unique gallery and learning space in the heart of the city, for both community based and/or established photographers and artists to exhibit.

Emerging Dundee – Acting Locally, Thinking Globally. The intention is to deliver a weekend festival to connect do-ers in the city. The purpose of the festival is to co-create ideas that could benefit Dundee and are relational to what participants sense are happening globally. This will be done through a programme of activities that ignite free thinking, intuition and togetherness.

Togs for Tots is a clothing, equipment and experiences bank for children living in poverty. We receive donations from the public and distribute them to children suffering from the effects of poverty. Right now, we need to support to buy new pyjamas and underwear for children for referrals waiting to go out.

You can register to attend the next Dundee Soup here:

The Circle works with Dundee Comics Creative Space to provide free after school comic club

Local community hub, The Circle, is collaborating with Dundee Comics Creative Space to run a free 10 week programme of comic workshops for 10 to 17 year olds in Dundee. ‘Dundee After School Comic Club’ will be running every Thursday from 4.30pm to 6pm beginning on Thursday 6th September. Artists from Dundee Comics Creative Space will be on hand each week to guide the young people through designing their own characters and story worlds. Then they will help them create stories and turn their plots and characters into finished comics pages.

Damon Herd, Coordinator of Dundee Comics Creative Space is excited to be working with The Circle to deliver the programme.

“DCCS is delighted to be working with The Circle on a programme of comics workshops over the next few months. We came together through connections with The Rank Foundation, who, along with the University of Dundee, are a core funder of DCCS. One of the main reasons for running our regular Comics Clubs is to reach out to the young people of Dundee and offer free workshops in which anyone can explore their creativity. We also do outreach workshops in schools and community centres to allow access for young people who often find it difficult to come in to town.

“Teaming up with The Circle is a great opportunity to expand on these workshops and provide a larger Comics Club programme for more young people across Dundee. We are really excited to have the space and time to run in-depth comics-making workshops for young people and are so looking forward to seeing the comics they will produce!”

Kirsty Thomson, Founder & CEO of The Circle, said, “We are delighted that the Comics Creative Space are bringing their popular after school programme to The Circle. We are looking to increase the number of community events that we offer and this is a great way to get kids into The Circle. There is a great creative scene in Dundee and it’s important we bring opportunities like this out into communities.”

For more information and to book places at the comic club go to:

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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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.




Resilient Communities Programme and Fire Starter events


The Circle is proud to be hosting a series of exciting and engaging events as part of our Resilient Communities Programme with partners Unltd, Open Change and Ashton McGill and other facilitators.

Our community offerings start on the 30th of Jan and end on the 8th of Feb to co-inside Fire Starter Festival across Scotland.

These events are free of charge and give participants the opportunity to uncover new ways to embrace change and active participation through innovative approaches.

Please feel free to share this with your contacts and don’t forget to book your place.

Refreshments will be provided and for some sessions a buffet lunch.


Tue 30th Jan:

Mon 5th Feb: 

Tue 6th Feb:

Wed 7th Feb: 

Thursday 8th Feb:

Should you have special requirements please do get in touch with

Simona on 01382 699990  or

Festive Fun at The Circle!

The Circle would joyfully like to welcome you all to join us for some Santa Fest Fun on Friday the 15th of Dec from 4 pm onward for some merriment making before we all take leave for Christmas holiday period.

Red Pepper Events & Cater Hire are going to be running a bar and we will be serving some nibbles too.

Kev Anderson The Story Edge is looking into karaoke and we will have some good music too! (Jingle Bell Rock n Roll!)

All that we ask is that you share in our ethos of The Circle and support us to pay if forward for some of our tenants service users and Circle Volunteers to attend

The ticket price of £10 per person will help cover costs and this includes a couple of drinks package and buffet .

By paying for your ticket plus one forward you will enable someone else to join in the fun too! For this generous donation we will adverstise in kind all our supporters in a thank you post!

We are also running a Secret Santa lucky dip with a suggested donation of £5 (some are worth considerably more and will be a great last minute gift idea for those struggling to know what to get that someone special).

You can also make a donatiion to our community offering next year for those with financial barriers to learning and training opportunities.

Click here to book or make a donation

Donations of gifts to the secret Santa are most welcome!

Do get in touch with .uk about this!

Season’s greeting from the Circle Team.

Kirsty, Paul & Simona


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The Circle 1 Year on

The Circle formally opened on the Friday 25th November 2016 and this Saturday we are celebrating our 1st Anniversary at our premises at Staffa Place.

The Circle provides affordable work space to charities, social enterprises and businesses and now have 16 tenants; ACK, Enable Scotland, Ashton McGill, Prestige Health and Safety Training, Fields in Trust, Apex Scotland, Lumillo Casting Studio, The Story Edge, Grant McGregor Ltd, Co-operative Learning Consultants, The Food Train, Uppertunity, Wastewater Technical Services Ltd, Informationalities Ltd, Rathbone and Cornerstone.

In addition, The Circle has had hundreds of local people through the doors attending groups such as Slimming World, BeaFit mother and baby fitness classes and charity, social enterprise and business events and networking events.

The Circle is about to embark on a new training and development programme. We are also developing their co-work space, a creative space, a Friends of The Circle package and various corporate sponsorship packages over the coming months.

Saturday is our 1st Birthday and on Saturday we are celebrating with Uppertunity at their Christmas Market

Founder and CEO, Kirsty Thomson, says the event recognises the hard work that has gone into starting the project so far and kick starts the beginning of an exciting new era for the building. She adds, “The generosity of organisations and people in Dundee to get The Circle going has been tremendously encouraging. The purpose of The Circle is to increase interactions between organisation, and by facilitating appropriate space and opportunities seeing them thrive.”

The Circle Manager, Paul Hastie, says “Even in just the last six months there has been a huge transformation. The number of people through the doors has risen massively with more and more people engaging with the old building. We’re very keen to hear ideas from the local community about what more we can offer.”

About The Circle

Charities, social enterprises and businesses are to benefit from the creation of a new community hub in Dundee. The Circle is located in Staffa Place in Dundee and it is being transformed into office, co-working and event space. The building will be developed in phases over the coming years.

As well as providing spaces for organisations to work, The Circle, is host to a regular lunch clubs, groups for older people, community gardens and event space for community groups.

Other groups in the city already hire meeting rooms in the building to run training sessions and meetings.

For enquiries about offices and bookings contact The Circle Manager, Paul Hastie on