Woodhouse Community Centre will be closed to the public from Thursday 26th March to protect public health.
You may wish to join our mailing list to be kept up to date with our response to this unprecendented situation.
Some of our tenants are staying in place, but the IT suite and public facilities will not be available.
If you expect to attend an event here, please contact your event organiser.
Main Oblong office will not be occupied.
We will also be joining in some of the local Mutual Aid support:
Leeds wide Mutual Aid groups - https://www.facebook.com/groups/855572711535845/
Woodhouse Specific Mutual Aid group for volunteers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/639699836806610/
Woodhouse number if you are in need of support while isolated - 0113 8980034
“A really unique environment, which offers support and respect, in a variety of volunteer roles. An opportunity to get involved with the community and to forge new relationships…”
As you are aware the funding for our Big Lottery programme Make a Difference finishes at the end of April. What does this mean? Well, we’ll have to reduce the number of hours we can pay staff (from a 160 hours a week to 90 - and a lot of those hours are for doing things out of the building like Head Space), so you’ll see a lot less of the staff around the building and often they’ll be here on their own. The reduction in funding has meant that we’ve had to radically re-think how we maintain the building and services that we provide. We do have a plan that we’ve now agreed with our Trustees.
Have you ever thought how small charities like Oblong survive? Where do they get their money from? What money do they get?
As with all things, it isn’t simple.
Only five years ago nearly all of Oblong’s income came from grants. We knew then that that wasn’t sustainable. We needed a strategy that would move us away from grant dependency and towards a diverse range of income streams.