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UnLtd Award Winner



Kirsty Thomson, founder and CEO at The Circle Dundee, is one of 5 people from across Scotland who has been given an ‘Grow It ’ award from Unltd Scotland.

“I am delighted to be recognised for my work over the last 2 years setting up the Circle Dundee and thank you to the Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers for all their support on this journey”.

The Grow It Award is for social entrepreneurs looking to scale their venture providing tailored support, access to workshops and networks, and up to £15,000 cash. The application process was an online application and a pitch to a national panel in Edinburgh in May 2017.

 

Kirsty had spotted a problem many of her clients were facing and an opportunity to solve it, so The Circle was born. Kirsty embarked on negotiating a lease on a mostly abandoned industrial building, a former Government training centre. Her eye for potential saw a community hub that could provide office space, meeting rooms and co-working space for charities, social enterprises and businesses with room for a café and gardens. With initial feasibility funding in the bag, Kirsty has begun recruiting tenants and building a Board of Directors to support the project. With 15 offices, five meeting rooms and two co-working spaces, no venue of this type or scale currently exists in the area, and as far as we know, in Scotland.

The Circle can offer innovative training and employment opportunities. They will work to strengthen collaboration, partnership-working and connectivity to the wider community. As a result of piloting the space for the past year or so they have seen an increase in the number of volunteers involved with their work and the work of tenants. The tenants are ACK, Ashton McGill, Apex Scotland, Food Training, Prestige Health and Safety Training, Rathbone, The Story Edge, Lumilo Casting Studio and Cornerstone and Uppertunity. They have a number of tenants lined up to move in the coming months.

With 20 years of work in the sector under her belt, she is using her energy and skills to help organisations thrive. Specifically, she is helping them meet their social goals by transforming their business functions: marketing, events, fundraising, strategy and planning. By helping organisations think in a more business-like way, they are more likely to rise to financial and regulatory challenges and continue their important work. She is also working hard to make sure that the work of the 3rd sector is appropriately recognised by those in Government, the local authority and in business and that social enterprises are properly understood.

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Vacant Property Refurbishment Service – Positive Steps

Within our community we have individuals and families who are homeless or who are under threat of homelessness.

There are also vacant properties in need of repair or refurbishment .  Positive Step’s Vacant Property Service can bring these properties back in to the rental sector and provide properties to the most vulnerable in our communities.

Landlords can be faced with financial responsibilities and vacant assets.   Charges and taxes continue in vacant properties without any income , repairs cannot be made. Positive Steps can help Landlords change these properties in to homes and provide more much needed homes

Positive Steps provide refurbishment up to the value of £3000  and in return use the property  for their Supported Accommodation Service without rental charges until refurbishment has been recouped.

This can be cost effective for Landlords as they are no longer faced with costs of an empty property as well as a unused asset.

For more information contact

Phone: 01382 561822

E-mail us: janereid@positivesteps.org.uk

Website: www.PSIScotland.org.uk

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Dundee TSI committed to excellence!

Dundee TSI committed to excellence!
We are delighted to announce that Dundee Third Sector Interface (partnership between Volunteer DundeeDVA Dundee and Dundee Social Enterprise Network) has been recognised by Quality Scotland as ‘Committed to Excellence’.

This partnership fulfils the aims of Third Sector Interfaces: to develop and support social enterprises; to develop and support voluntary organisations in their local areas; and to promote and support volunteering. Read more here

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The Wise Group wins Business Excellence Award!

THE WISE GROUP WINS THE TOP PRIZE AT THE SCOTTISH AWARDS FOR BUSINESS EXCELLENCE ORGANISED BY QUALITY SCOTLAND

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Building on previous success, The Wise Group, a leading social enterprise in Scotland and the north east of England, secured the Scottish Award for Business Excellence 2017. The award from Quality Scotland was based on a rigorous assessment of business practices and achievements using the European Foundation for Quality Management’s (EFQM) business excellence framework. The organisation also won the award in 2015 demonstrating its sustained and continued focus on excellence. In addition to the top award, the Wise Group also won another three awards: EFQM’s Recognised for Excellence 5 star award; a good practice award for Leading with Vision, Inspiration and Integrity; and a good practice award for Managing with Agility.

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The Wise Group has been transforming lives through social enterprise since 1983. Supporting over 50,000 people a year we make a positive difference to people, communities and society by helping customers gain new skills and employment, reducing re-offending, regenerating communities and tackling fuel poverty. We have a clear understanding of the type of support our customers need and have a proven track record of providing both innovative and high quality services. The Wise Group delivers results by working closely with stakeholders and partners.

EFQM was established as a European excellence model and is now recognised globally. Businesses regardless of size, industry and sector use the model to plan and deliver excellence, and benchmark results with others. EFQM is launching a new Global Excellence Index which will feature all award winning organisations.

“Achieving these awards demonstrates our commitment to excellence. Through inspirational leadership, our ability to translate vision into service delivery and our passionate and committed team, we are able to manage change in an increasingly challenging environment. Our customers and partners can be confident in our ability to continually improve and develop high quality innovative services which have real impact on society.” (Jacqui Hepburn, Deputy Chief Executive)

EFQM is recognised across the private, public and third sectors. The achievement of these awards by the Wise Group signifies the crucial role the third sector plays in the delivery of high quality services. It will be more important than ever for organisations to change and adapt to provide effective, efficient and valued services aligned to customer needs.

 

For further information contact Chris Seely on 07710 250 189

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Fairfield Sports Hub – Summer Fun Day!

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For more information please see Fairfield Sports Hub Facebook page HERE

 

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