A new community hub is being launched which could help people into work in Dundee.
The Circle is a community hub for charities, social enterprises and businesses.
Based in the Claverhouse Group’s former building in Staffa Place, it will be launched by Dundee-based MSP Jenny Marra on Friday.
The building is currently in the process of being converted into office, co-working and event space.
Founder and chief executive of The Circle, Kirsty Thomson, who is also managing director of charity and social enterprise Along Came Kirsty, said the project could help organisations hindered by high operational costs.
She exclusively showed the Tele around the hub before it opens and said: “Having these groups co-located can reduce the cost of their workspaces by sharing a reception, meeting rooms and the cost of infrastructure such as high-speed internet access. We also create a hub of activity and important interactions between charities, social enterprises and businesses.
“Housing different sectors together will promote collaboration and foster innovation which helps the whole community by improving the social outcomes of organisations.”
The Circle will also be host to a social enterprise café, community gardens and event space for community groups.
It is hoped the café could lead to people gaining skills needed for employment.
The launch of the cafe comes as the Tele continues its Let’s Get Dundee Working campaign, aimed at helping city folk into employment.
Kirsty said: “The social enterprise café will provide training for people in the community.
“It’s aimed at people who are looking for jobs or to learn skills to help them into work.
“In general we’d expect these to be people who are struggling to get access to the jobs market or to gain long-term employment, or perhaps older people looking to retrain.
“The café will be operated privately, so whoever takes the contract on will have overall management.”
As well as Kirsty, The Circle’s board includes Euan Johnstone of Johnstone Carmichael, Alasdair McGill of Ashton McGill and Mike Press of Open Change.
Organisations already based at the building include Prestige Training Services, which is a first aid and health and safety consultancy and training company.
Joan Carroll, managing director of Prestige Training, said: “We looked at The Circle as a training centre — for us it had everything we wanted.
“It’s ideally placed for people to find and is easily accessible from the train and bus stations.”
Fields in Trust, a charity which protects green spaces, has been in the building for around 10 years, when it was still run by the Claverhouse Group.
Scottish manager Colin Rennie said: “I think bringing charities together is great thing.
“There’s an opportunity to learn from each other as well as creating new partnerships.”
Nicola Donnelly, facilities and services development manager for The Circle, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing Dundee businesses, charities, social enterprises and members of the public coming together to see the potential in our project and celebrating the progress we have made so far.”