Oblong is an excellent community resource centre near to Hyde Park. As soon as you walk in, you feel comfortable, and there's plenty of things to get involved in.
For example, there is a bicycle maintenance workshop, an art group, computer lessons, and yoga classes. See their website for everything you can get involved in.
The co-op food group is a terrific idea too.
Community, community, community. Starting from the very grassiest of grassroots Oblong has survived years of battles against bad landlords and the difficulties of securing funding to finally squeezing its way into Woodhouse Community Centre gaining better space provision for its large spread of activities as well as bigger platform from which to demonstrate a none-hierarchical organisation.
You pay to become a member then have access to very good sources of IT and knowledge. You can volunteer to help on various projects from green space improvement to helping on the administration side of things or begin your own community-minded project. This is a fantastic place to learn new skills or just as a space to think away from the home or library environments.
Oblong is a community resource centre, that provides advice, support and facilities for people who want to make a difference through volunteering and community projects.
I have worked voluntarily at Oblong for some time as part of the Design Collective, which helps non-profit organisations with various media presentation, for example making leaflets, logos and websites for charities.
There is so many things that Oblong offers to the community that it would be difficult to list them here, but for example they offer meeting room hire, run an organic food co-op, host art sessions, yoga sessions, IT lessons (including web design, photoshop), and a lot more. The website is very useful and updated regularly with what's on.
To get to Oblong Resource Centre by bus from Leeds City Centre is about 5-10 minutes on the 51 or 51A bus.
Oblong is a great meeting space for various groups or organisations who's mission involves community work. They provide spaces for workshops, yoga classes, mental health groups and more. If you want to start or have started up a community project, organisation or business then give them a call. The people running it are very friendly and as Susan M said it is only £5 per year to be a member! That is very good value for money. The spaces are great for groups of 10 to 25 people and you will find that you make great contacts through the people you meet there.
If you've got an idea about how you can help your local community but don't know how to get it off the ground, Oblong Community Resource Centre can help you on your way. The centre itself is a friendly, slightly chaotic hub of computing and design equipment, with meeting rooms and hot desks available for hire and a large reception space for relaxing and informal meetings. The centre is run by a crew of staff and volunteers who offer community groups everything from office space and a physical base for their project to advice on funding and training in website design. Membership starts at just £5 a year for unfunded groups, and existing member groups include art collectives, music promoters, English classes for asylum seekers and anti-violence campaigners. As well as being extraordinary value for money, the networking opportunities offered by joining Oblong make it a must for anyone just starting out in the field.
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