The Circle team at the Courier Business Awards

We are launching our Social Impact Report!

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.”

Join our fundraising committee and have an impact on the local community

Would you like to make a difference in the community, learn new skills and gain experience that you can add to your CV, all while meeting new people?

Then joining The Circle’s volunteer fundraising committee is perfect for you! This opportunity is open to everyone, we welcome volunteers with all kinds of skills and no specific qualifications are required. You will play a key role in helping improve The Circle for tenants and the local community.

The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses. We are looking forward to building a fundraising committee of passionate, imaginative and dedicated people to think up and plan interesting events and activities at The Circle.

As a member of our fundraising committee, you will make an important and crucial contribution to everything that The Circle stands for, as well as having the opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills, meet new people and making a huge difference in the local community. The committee will be meeting monthly to catch up and plan activities and events. We are only looking for you to commit around 6 hours of your time every month.

The fundraising committee will be responsible for organising, marketing and helping run fundraising events such as bake sales, quiz nights and craft fairs. No matter what areas you are skilled in you will have a positive impact on your local community while having some fun.

And don’t worry, you won’t be left to your own devices – Community Fundraiser, Alice, will be available to offer advice and support.

If you think this is for you then pop along to The Circle for a coffee and chat on Monday 9th July at 4:30pm.

Contact Alice on reception@thecircledundee.org.uk for more information.

Welcoming you to The Circle on a Monday morning are Sarah and Dawn!

How did you find out about The Circle?

Sarah: We met Simona at a mindfulness group through the charity, Children First. She told us about The Circle and we started out doing a bit of volunteering with Simona around Christmas last year.

Why did you want to volunteer?

Sarah: I was a full-time stay-at-home mum and my kids are all grown up now and it’s quite difficult to get back into the workforce so I thought, volunteering is the way to go!
Dawn: To get out the house and partly to keep myself sane!

What do you like about The Circle?

Dawn: Everybody here is quite friendly, you can speak to everybody.
Sarah: Pretty much the same; Getting to know people, getting to talk to other people and keeping myself busy. And there’s always things to do here.
Dawn: Since we’ve volunteered here, we met Kirsty at WEvolution through Simona. And now we’ve got our own group (Back Beat)

What do you think you bring to The Circle?

Dawn: A bit of sunshine!
Sarah: A friendly face when you come through the reception.

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

The “Highly Commended” Circle

Being recognised for doing a good job is always rewarding. It makes your efforts ( read: screaming internally whenever the bell/phone/door/sanity goes) feel worthwhile! So when we, The Circle, were recognised as “Highly Commended” at the recent prestigious Courier Business Awards it served as a real milestone of just how far we’ve come.

 

Days fly past at an incredible rate where you’re left scratching your head wondering where the hours have gone. Only in hindsight can we recognise the great work that has been done, and continues to be done by the whole team at The Circle. This award has cemented that thought, by being something tangible in the form of a formal recognition. We can actually look at it and know that we’re going in the right direction. Who knows where that direction will take us next.

 

The award  not only reflects the hard work of Kirsty, Nicola and myself and of course our fantastic board of Directors Euan, Ali, Mike, Jo and Pete. It really belongs to all of us… The volunteers who, day to day keep this place running. Manning the reception, cleaning the corridors, kitchens and toilets. Delivering the mail and just overall bringing life to the building. It also belongs to the remarkable family of tenants we’re so lucky to have here. Without them and the incredible work they do, The Circle just wouldn’t be The Circle. The tremendous combined effort of everyone has paid off, coming full “Circle”. This is exactly what we’ve set out to do, and we’ve proven it – that working together, from individuals to organisations – breeds success.

DNQehkDXkAIHiuoLooking to the future we want to continue to build on that success. We’re still keen to recruit more volunteers for various roles from marketing to gardening. We’re open to using the building for great ideas to serve the community. We’re also looking to secure more venue bookings for local and national charities, social enterprises as well as corporate businesses – so get in touch!

 

For enquires about anything please email reception@thecircledundee.org.uk who will direct your query to the relevant people!

 

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

Welcoming you to The Circle on a Monday morning – Emma Mills

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE CIRCLE?

I found out about The Circle via Facebook, it was shared the University of Dundee page.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

I have quite a lot of time off from University during summer and I wanted to spend my time productively, so alongside my dissertation I thought volunteering would help me fill my free time and gain new skills. I was keen to volunteer as it gives back to the community and enhances my employability in the future.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE CIRCLE?

Firstly, I like how welcoming everyone is. It’s a very friendly and calm environment.  The location is well situated as it is accessible to everyone, even those who cannot drive as it has a good bus route. I also like the general idea of The Circle as a hub for charities, businesses and social enterprise – the affordable and accessible services which The Circle offers will help these individuals/organisations flourish and thus enhance Dundee overall.  The position gives the opportunity to meet with an array of different individuals.

WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO THE CIRCLE?

As a receptionist at the Circle, I can bring a welcoming and friendly first impression when people come into The Circle. I can help with any social media promotions through my Facebook or university sites, to reach out to more people (e.g. self-employed individuals or student charities) to widen the scope of awareness for The Circle.

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

 

Volunteer Week – Interview with our Volunteer Receptionist, Yulia

During #volunteerweek we caught up with our newest volunteer, Yulia, who is in her second week of volunteering at The Circle as a Volunteer Receptionist.

How did you find out about The Circle?

Alison from Dundee International Women’s Centre helped me send a CV and covering letter to different organisations in Dundee.

Why do you want to volunteer?

First of all, I want to gain experience in an office environment and with accountancy in particular. I previously worked in the Payroll department of a bank in Russia. I want to learn new things and develop my skills.

I can practice speaking English at The Circle – it’s impossible at home because my husband and I speak Russian. It’s more natural to speak your mother language.

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Volunteer receptionist posts (4-8 hours per week)

The Circle is growing. We are delighted that we are filling up and seeing more and more bookings. We are not there yet and in order to grow a bit more and get some funding in, we need to add some new members to our team.

We are therefore offering volunteer receptionist opportunities at The Circle for people looking to find something to do for a few hours per week, practice their skills, get work experience, or just contribute to a growing social enterprise. For this, you will get, first of all, our love, and then, travel expenses, experience in a start-up social enterprise environment, the opportunity to make your mark in an organisation dedicated to making an impact and regular supportive supervision sessions.

Volunteers will be well-placed to make a great application when our receptionist roles are advertised.

We are looking for a minimum of four people to do one o 4-hour shifts per week for at least a few months (and for as long as you want to). These shifts will be either mornings or afternoons, Monday to Friday.

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