At Signpost International we are on the cusp of an exciting new chapter in our story as we prepare to launch the Roundhouse.
Despite the challenges that 2020 brought we have been pressing ahead with our plans to transform our existing building, the Signpost Centre in Whitfield, and launch the Roundhouse.
The Roundhouse is a place where community can come together, tell stories, learn more of the world we live in, eat good food, and support each other as we journey through life. It is a place where we build on what connects us together and not focus on what divides. Where we learn how to be better stewards of what resources we have. It is a place where we can come and blether or just be. All are welcomed.
The Roundhouse will be made up of three distinct but connected parts.
1: Centre for Global Learning at the Roundhouse
The Roundhouse will host the Centre for Global Learning which will be the first of its kind in Scotland and will become Tayside’s global citizenship hub for local schools and other community groups. It will educate young people about local and global issues of poverty, and more importantly what they can do to challenge this. Signpost want to use the Centre for Global Learning to teach the next generation how to stand up, speak up and participate in the fight against poverty. A variety of immersive teaching approaches will be used including Virtual Reality and hands on outdoor learning to help individuals understand some of the complexities of poverty as well as their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the UK and the world. The ambition is for the centre to become an interactive and engaging space for young people to gain a deeper understanding of the diversity, fragility, and richness of life.
2: Food at the Roundhouse
There will be a brand-new café at the Roundhouse which will have a focus on sourcing ingredients from ‘intercepted food’. This is useable food from supermarkets and restaurants which is destined for landfill. This will be supplemented with food grown in our garden by visiting groups and donated from local allotments. A pay it forward scheme will be available which will allow everyone in the local community to eat while still ensuring a consistent and predictable income from those that can afford to pay.
The Roundhouse will also be home to a new food redistribution project in Dundee. Intercepted food will be the key element of this project and will be collected en masse at the Roundhouse. A chef will be employed and will be given the task of transforming the intercepted food into freshly prepared meals. The meals will be chilled or frozen on site before then being distributed to third sector food provision charities across the city. Alongside the meals, recipe cards will be provided detailing step-by-step instructions as to how these meals can be prepared, encouraging people to make the most use out of everyday items in their kitchen. The model we are piloting responds to the food insecurity challenge in Dundee. With a vast amount of food waste still ongoing in the city, our food redistribution project hopes to try and ‘close the loop’ by providing a more sustainable solution to third sector food providers.
3: Space at the Roundhouse
To further sustain the Roundhouse, Signpost are offering serviced offices, hot-desks, and meeting spaces to charities and socially conscious businesses. There hope is to create an environment of like-minded people at the Roundhouse all working to serve the needs of the local and global community. Additionally there are rooms available for use by the community for a variety of classes and gatherings. Office space and meeting rooms are now available to rent.
We are hoping that all parts of the Roundhouse will be up and running in the first half of 2021. If you would like to get involved in the Roundhouse, rent space or can help us with café equipment you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01382 504033.