The Roundhouse

We now have dedicated website for the Roundhouse, so if you would like more information about what is happening at the Roundhouse, visit our new website, https://theroundhouse.scot/

At Signpost International we recognise that poverty is a global phenomenon and also exists right here on our doorstep in the UK, in addition to overseas. Over the last number of years we have been exploring ways to increase our local presence to ensure our work can have a positive value on our local community as well as our global neighbours. This has resulted in the invention of the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse is the new name for our building on Lothian Crescent, Dundee.

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 on what divides. Where we learn how to be better stewards of what resources we have. It is a place where people can come and chat or just be. All are welcome at the Roundhouse.

The Roundhouse is made up of three distinct but connected parts.

1: Education

Centre for Sustainable Learning at the Roundhouse (Will open in 2022)

We want the Roundhouse to help educate the next generation about approaches to sustainable development and for them to explore their own impact on the world. This will be done in our Centre for Sustainable Learning at the Roundhouse. The Centre for Sustainable Learning will be the first of its kind in Scotland and it will become Taysides 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. We want to use the Centre for Sustainable 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 for Sustainable Learning 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

The Community Kitchen at the Roundhouse

In March 2021 Signpost International launched their first UK food project, The Roundhouse Community Kitchen in Dundee. The mission of this project is to transform surplus food destined for waste into freshly prepared, nutritious meals for distribution by foodbanks and larders across the city to people in need of support. With an estimated 26,000 tonnes of food being wasted every year in Dundee alone, no-one should be going hungry. The Community Kitchen, in partnership with food provision charities, has been playing a vital part in tackling the issue of hunger that exists locally.

 

The Café at the Roundhouse

THE CAFÉ AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AND WILL REOPEN IN LATE SUMMER 2022.

Our next steps were always to open a café in the Roundhouse and in October 2021 the Café at the Roundhouse officially opened. The café has the same vision as the Community Kitchen: to play a part in closing the loop between food insecurity and food waste. The Roundhouse Café, in addition to providing some typical café dishes, serves daily specials made from the surplus produce we divert from waste. Profit generated from the Roundhouse Café is reinvested back into the Community Kitchen, enabling us to keep providing meals to emergency food provision organisations. It will further allow us to expand the educational resources we are developing to equip people with the skills and confidence to cook more at home and make their food and finances go further. A pay-it-forward scheme exists allowing people to buy and donate meals on behalf of others. This ensures that people on lower incomes, or perhaps someone who has forgotten their wallet or purse can access a meal free of charge.

The Café Roundhouse is taking a break. Due to recent staff changes we’ve had to stop opening as usual. We will reopen in late summer, when we’ll have a new member in our team.

3: Space 

Offices at the Roundhouse

To further sustain the Roundhouse, Signpost offer serviced offices, hot-desks, and meeting spaces to charities and socially conscious businesses. Currently in the Roundhouse we have, We Are With You Dundee and Figure 8 Consultancy Services LTD.

There are still plenty of opportunities for more organisations and individuals to take up space at the Roundhouse and our hope is to create an environment of like-minded people at the Roundhouse who are 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.

If you would like to get involved in the Roundhouse or rent space or you can email us at: enquiries@signpost-international.org or phone us on 01382 504033.