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Nicola Donnelly is Business Development Officer at The Circle Dundee, which is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups & socially aware businesses. They provide affordable offices & community space. By bringing organisations together, they are promoting collaboration & fostering innovation that does social good in the city. Nicola is keen to meet organisations who are interested in lending their support to a growing social enterprise.
Mondays are spent with leoMonday 03 September 2018
Monday is a non-working day for me. Or should I say, a non-salaried day. I end up working pretty hard! I returned to work part-time after maternity leave so Mondays are spent with Leo. We play, go swimming, meet family and friends, go to the park and enjoy our time together. Today we had a morning at home playing and had a visitor in the afternoon.
Back to work with a bang!Tuesday 04 September 2018
Back to work with a bang today! It’s all go at The Circle as we are in our second day of the Resilient Communities event with UnLtd. The day starts with a Founders Stories breakfast, then Jamie McBrearty runs a Growth Mindset workshop which received great reviews. We have a break for lunch and then it’s straight into pitches. Four groups with great ideas for enterprises with social aims pitch to a panel for funding. UnLtd have made £20,000 available for this round in Dundee and it will be shared amongst them. The final decision on who gets what will be made later in September. The last event of the day is Meet the Funder with Big Lottery Scotland who always bring in a crowd. We are a small team at The Circle so with a programme like this running we all get involved to make things run smoothly.
Business Development OfficerWednesday 05 September 2018
As Business Development Officer, I speak to a lot of people about The Circle. I like to share the stories of our tenants who are all doing great things in Dundee. To make sure I understand what our tenants’ priorities are and I can share my network with them, I am having review meetings with them all. Today I meet Winnie Duncan from Partners in Advocacy Dundee. They offer independent advocacy across Dundee to children and young people who are aged 21 and under. PiA in Dundee welcomes referrals for all children and young people who are unable to act for themselves or have no independent person to act for them. They are adding a second person to their team soon and are keen to raise awareness of their organisation.
launch of the Corporate Opportunities programmeThursday 06 September 2018
Today I am catching up with organisations who have expressed interest in helping The Circle since the launch of the Corporate Opportunities programme. We are enthusiastic in developing our partnerships with other organisations and appreciate assistance with event speakers, donations of goods and services and sponsorship. Recording all these interactions is important for the rest of the team to see details of discussions and to make sure I follow up on actions.
I have a tenant review meeting with Jacqui from Apex Scotland. The Apex office at The Circle have two functions. Jacqui works with people facing barrier to employment, often this can be people with a criminal conviction, helping them get ‘job-ready’ and finding opportunities. Other members of the team work with offenders either in prison preparing them from release, or once released on rehabilitation back into the community. Apex are always interested in hearing from employers who can offer work placements.
My working week is now done. As I am leaving the Dundee Comic Creative Club are getting ready to start the first of ten classes being held at The Circle.
Busy FridaysFriday 07 September 2018
Fridays are busy days for Leo and I. In the morning we go to a Baby Sensory class and ‘say hello to the sun’. That’s a wee reference for Baby Sensory parents! We grab some lunch and then head to Armistead Child Development Centre for the afternoon. Leo goes there two afternoons per week and gets great input from the early years team, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. He loves it and is making great progress. I step out for part of the afternoon and enjoy a coffee and read my Kindle in the parents’ lounge.