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Pro bono repair work for Dundee social enterprise The Circle

Date Posted 22.05.24

McLaughlin & Harvey has taken a significant step in supporting social enterprises in the local Dundee community. As part of our James Hutton Institute Advanced Plant Growth Centre and International Barley Hub project, we provided much-needed repairs to an accessible toilet at The Circle.

The Circle, an award-winning social enterprise based in Dundee and Glasgow, launched an appeal to repair their accessible toilet at Dudhope Castle. The organisation was forced to close off the only accessible toilet at their Dudhope Castle hub due to severe damage from a leak that was found in January this year.

They launched a crowdfunding campaign at the start of February to raise funds to cover the repairs. They successfully raised £5,770 from 62 supporters in 28 days. The publicity of the campaign caught the attention of our Responsible Business Lead Jane Elder.

We are delighted to have been able to help The Circle. At McLaughlin & Harvey, we are actively committed to supporting communities with the greatest need through our You Matter Communities Scheme, embodying our values of care, commitment, and collaboration. The repairs to the accessible toilet will make a difference to the service users and the visitors at The Circle making their Dudhope Castle hub a more welcoming place for everyone.

Jane Elder

Responsible Business Manager at McLaughlin & Harvey

McLaughlin & Harvey contribute to healthy and resilient communities by building capacity amongst community organisations to enable community-led solutions to local challenges. We aim to create value and improve lives. We work with our supply chain partners to create local employment opportunities and proactively develop the skills and awareness of our employees to tackle health inequalities and support the most vulnerable in our communities.

We reached out to our local supply chain, and Prime Joinery Solutions Ltd, Emtec Building Services, Westend Flooring, Smith Brothers Stores, PFP and Neville Lumb Bathrooms and Washrooms – offered to carry out the repairs at no cost to The Circle. The toilet has been repaired and is now officially open.

We’re so grateful for the amazing generosity of our supporters and to McLaughlin & Harvey for offering to complete this work for us. It means so much that we’ll be able to reopen our accessible toilet and now do further work to make the building more accessible.

Kirsty Thomson

Founder and CEO of The Circle

The funds that were raised by The Circle will be earmarked for additional repair works at Dudhope Castle to make the building safer and more accessible for their community.

We would like to thank our supply chain members for undertaking the work free of charge allowing The Circle to use the funds raised through their recent Crowdfunding to go towards other much-needed repairs.

Having the disabled access toilet back open has meant some of our clients have been able to return, as well as stay longer. It has also meant we can host events for everyone, rather than limit who can attend the event. It means everyone can enjoy time together without limitations.

Daniëlle Gaffney du Plooy

Co-manager and Founder at Uppertunity

It was very unfortunate to hear that The Circle’s toilet had been badly damaged which would have meant it wasn’t as accessible to its community. As we are a local business, we took the decision to assist with helping the social enterprise to ensure it could be open to the whole community. Emtec Building Services are committed to supporting the local community which can be demonstrated via our apprenticeship schemes that has seen over 20 apprentices employed since our Dundee office opened 5 years ago and we felt that by providing our expertise we could help this local organisation thus assisting the local community further. We are very grateful to our fantastic supply chain members that donated generously for this cause. A massive thanks to Michael Quinn at Neville Lumb and Andy Duguid and Grant Purdom of Smith Brothers Dundee.

James Hendry

Operations Manager at Emtec

Prime Joinery were happy to participate in the making good of The Circle premises. It was worthwhile exercise for a great cause.

Alan Moir

Director at Prime Joinery Solutions
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