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ABOUT

Our mission at the Maxwell Centre is to empower individuals to improve their quality of life. To this end, we facilitate a range of groups, courses, and services to meet our community's needs. For our current timetable, click here.

In this section you will find information about our latest news, projects and activities we offer:

  • Coldside Community Cupboard & food bank referrals
  • Welfare and rights
  • Support group
  • Employment and IT
  • Creative group and classes

 

ACTIVITES

Coldside Community Cupboard and food back referrals

Dundee Foodbank
The Maxwell Centre provides information and advice on accessing the Dundee Foodbank, providing emergency referrals when necessary.

Here is a list of Dundee food projects that can provide you with food throughout Dundee.

Phone us for more information: 01382 802628

 

Welfare and rights

To meet our aim of empowering the local community and improving the quality of life of local residents, we work with our partner organisations to provide advice, information, and support for welfare, money, and legal rights. Click here for details of our current timetable.

  • Brooksbank Money Advice For expert advice on managing money and debt, book an appointment with Brooksbank.
    Contact 01382 432450 (appointment only).
  • Connect Welfare Reform
    For support with the welfare changes, benefits and advice on entitlements, contact 01382 431205.
  • Dundee North Law
    Every Tuesday and Thursday Dundee North Law are available for help and advice with a wide range of legal issues. Areas covered include: legal advice, housing, rent, eviction, court and tribunal representation, mortgage arrears and repossession, landlord and tenant disputes, housing benefit advice, mental health law, and community care.
    Contact 01382 307230.
  • Welfare Rights Advice
    Offering support and advocacy to help ensure that you receive your entitlement and advice on how to cope with the welfare changes.
    Contact 01382 431167.
  • Community I.T. Access
    We provide free access to computers, the internet, printer and photocopier facilities for the community. This is open most of the day but please check with us before dropping in.

 

Support Group

 

For our current timetable, click here.

  • FIBR's Fibromyalgia Support Group
    For more information, please contact 01382 802628.
  • Mitchell Street Centre ESOL Class (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
    For more information, contact 01382 435808.

 

Employment and IT

  • I.T. 4 Work Class

Part of Dundee City Council’s Adult Learning Programme, the IT 4 Work class is suitable for adults with little or no IT knowledge. Focussing on essential workplace skills, participants learn basic computer literacy, including using the internet and email for job hunting.
To book a place please contact 01382 436314.

  • Job Shop

Drop-in sessions run every Friday, providing support and information for jobseekers. Individuals can access professional advice, help with their CV, and interview tips.
For more information, contact 01382 802628.

  • Community I.T. Access

We provide free access to computers, the internet, printer and photocopier facilities for the community. This is open most of the day but please check with us before dropping in.

 

Creative group and classes

As a community hub, we provide a welcoming environment for several local groups. Click here for our current timetable.
(These groups are organised independently of the Maxwell Centre, please contact groups directly if you would like further information.)

  • Fatameh's Persian Art Group

This is a close knit group of women who come together to create beautiful artwork in the Persian style. For more information, please contact 01382 860929.

  • Hilltown Project Mosaic Class

Another group organised by the Highwayman, the mosaic class is suitable for adults of all abilities. The work created in this class is stunning and they enjoy a good chat whilst working. For more information, contact 01382 435872.

  • MAXCraft

MAXcrafts is a developing social enterprise within The MAXwell Centre. Social enterprises are businesses that trade for a particular social and/or environmental purpose.

The aim of MAXcrafts is to benefit the local community and support the continued running of the MAXwell Centre through the production and sale of craft items. These items will be made by volunteers and craft group participants at the centre from materials that will be largely donated or come from the centre’s garden. Groups that currently use the centre will also be donating craft items.

We have a weekly group on Mondays from 10.30am-12.30pm.

The kind of items we will be making are:

  • handmade jewellery
  • homeware items
  • decorative items and ornamentsmaxcrafts rings etc
  • papercraft items
  • knitting/crochet
  • flower pressing
  • jams and chutneys
  • soaps and bath bombs

Want to volunteer?

We hope to establish a group of volunteers who are keen to get involved in an arts and crafts group and will help to make items for us to sell. This group will be beneficial for all, as participants can learn new skills, make new friends, increase their confidence and self-esteem, as well as be contributing to the local community.

IMG_1101We are looking for people who would like to participate in the craft groups:

  • We aim to run monthly workshops where people can learn new skills on the last Thursday of the month.
  • There will also be a regular MAXcrafts group, Monday or Friday afternoon, where we will produce items to sell in our centre.

MAXcrafts are also looking to recruit a number of volunteers who can support the running and administration of the enterprise. We will be looking for people who can help out with: business, finance, marketing, and co-ordinating the groups.

If interested please contact the centre on 01382 802628 or email maxcrafts@maxdundee.org.uk.

This initiative is kindly supported by the Dundee Social Enterprise Network.

 

PROJECTS

5 days of Christmas

At Christmas, we don’t want to see anyone struggle for food or basic necessities. In 2019 we started our 5 Days of Christmas, giving out bags of Christmas veg and soup bags thanks to local growers as well as sweet treats.

 

 

MAXhour - coming soon

 

Dignity in Practice 

We are a member of the Dignity In Practice's Peer Network. The Dignity project is a partnership project between Nourish Scotland and Poverty Truth Communities. The Dignity project is a partnership project between Nourish Scotland and Poverty Truth Communities.  

The aim to support community food providers to reflect on and transition their practice towards responses to food insecurity that promote and restore dignity. 

All community food initiatives put dignity at the heart of their project by supporting everyone taking part to feel: 

  •  A sense of control: having power to make choices about what, where, when, how and with whom you eat. 
  •  Able to take part in community life: feeling able and welcome to take part in different aspects of community life, regardless of your financial situation. 
  •  Nourished and supported: being able to enjoy food and access support that meets your needs.  
  •  Involved in decision-making: feeling able to share your views and ideas and to have those views taken seriously in decision-making.  
  • Valued and able to contribute: feeling recognised and valued as a whole person with knowledge, skills and experiences to share. 

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NEWS

Did you know we have a Grow Dundee blog? Follow all the latest news about Youth and children work and activities here

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