Nottingham Circle is born out of an approach that never stops asking people what they really want and then works with them to turn ideas and aspirations into services that work and are affordable. We believe that people can be 'each others solution' and work with members, helpers and partners to bring this all to life.
Our story began in 2007, when 250 older people and their families in Southwark shared their vision for a life that was rich in social connections with people of all ages, where everyday jobs were easily sorted together, and to be part of something that was as much about contributing their skills as it was about receiving help. They worked with our partners at Participle Ltd and colleagues at Southwark Circle to grow this vision into an organisation that now connects hundreds of people to each other, and that has grown faster than anybody expected!
In mid 2011, we began talking with people across Nottingham City about what you want, and on 29th February we launched a membership organisation based on everything you told us. You told us you wanted a way to meet new people who live nearby, to share your hobbies, skills and interests and explore with others the many things that are on in Nottingham, at the very best value. You expressed a desire to help out your neighbours with everything from DIY, teaching someone to use a computer, gardening and much more. We also heard (and agree) that it's important to have some fun and save some money in the process!
Nottingham Circle is a social enterprise registered in the UK as a Community Interest Company (CIC). In other words, we're focused on maximising our social impact, not our bottom line. Any profits we make will be re-invested in the community we serve. We're proud to have received funding from Nottingham City Council to launch a new Circle here in the city and develop a sustainable business model for it.