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Scotland’s Social Enterprise Action Plan: How The Circle aligns with priority areas

In 2016 The Scottish Government published its 10 year Social Enterprise Strategy. This plan, developed in collaboration with organisations within the sector, sets out the government’s ambitions for social enterprise in Scotland. As part of this, a Social Enterprise Action Plan for 2021 to 2024 was published in March 2021.

How does The Circle see itself fitting into the Social Enterprise Action Plan?

The Scottish Government have highlighted a number of key priority areas within the plan to help achieve the aims of the Social Enterprise Strategy. We were delighted to see there were a number of areas where our work already aligns with some of the strategy’s key priority areas:

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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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Three months as a Creative Apprentice at The Circle

We can’t believe how quickly Jamsin’s three months at The Circle went by. We couldn’t be prouder of her work and can’t quite believe it was her first experience of the working world. She tackled all her tasks with enthusiasm and cheer and made a great impression on the tenants and visitors here. We will miss her while she goes on to work at Creative Dundee and Open Change, our partners with Applied Arts Scotland, in offering this apprenticeship.

We asked Jasmin to complete two tasks in her last week. Record a video on ‘What is a social enterprise?’ and reflect on the first three months of her apprenticeship. These pieces of work show the impact young people can make in the workplace and the rewards of offering opportunities.

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