A Dundee charity that carries out work around the globe has unveiled plans to renovate its building – and do more closer to home.
Signpost International will rebrand its Whitfield HQ as the Centre for Global Learning as it looks to foster better links with local schools.
The charity, based on Lothian Crescent, hopes to educate Tayside youngsters on global issues such as poverty and inequality. Until now, most of its work has been abroad, helping communities in countries such as Brazil, Tanzania, Uganda and the Philippines.
Michael Calder, programmes and learning officer at Signpost, said: “We’ve really been trying to strategise how we can best make use of this centre. It’s very much underused at the moment.
“As an international development charity most of our work is overseas. We have done some work in Dundee, but we want to do more locally.”
At present the centre serves as an office for the charity’s international projects and a base for other groups such as Addaction and Soul Garden. However, under the new proposals it will house a fully-fledged community cafe, expanded garden facilities and an auditorium equipped with projectors and IT equipment.
Signpost will also, using the latest technology, help Tayside youngsters understand global issues, including virtual reality headsets loaded with immersive films on topics such as walking several miles to fetch water.
Michael added: “We’re reaching out to local schools to make them aware of our plans – but if any want to approach us to talk about it we’re very open to that.”
While most of the funding for the project is expected to come from charity grants, Signpost is holding an afternoon tea and live jazz fundraiser for additional support.
The event takes place on March 10 from 1.30-4.30pm at the Invercarse Hotel, on Perth Road, with tickets available for £17.95.