COVID-19 Closure

Woodhouse Community Centre is still closed to the public for the time being 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.


We are looking at solutions to open for the purposes most needed by our community, but we aren't open to the general public, and have quite a bit of work to do until we can do this safely.


We estimate we will be open for some kinds of bookings from September, and will be working on IT suite opening after that.

We are available for questions via email and phone during office hours - / 0113 2459610

Main Oblong office will not be occupied.


If you are in need of support while shielding or self-isolating, you can call 0113 378 1877 (LCC city-wide helpline [additional information]) or 0113 8980034 (Woodhouse Mutual Aid group)


About Us

Established in 1996 Oblong is a community resource centre that provides advice, support and facilities for local people who want to make a difference through volunteering and community projects. Our aim is to provide:

Volunteer opportunities – for graphic design, web design and video working with local community projects to meet their needs.

  • Administration & reception opportunities
  • Resources – meeting rooms, IT suite, art space and office space for hire.
  • Healthy living activities – these include mental well-being sessions, yoga and a gardening project.
  • English lessons for speakers of other languages
  • Training, advice and support – to individuals and small groups of people who want to establish locally based not-for-profit community activities.

Oblong is user-led and strongly embedded in the local community. We have a flat management structure, which we believe is key in ensuring our organisation does not reflect the inequalities that can exist in wider society.

We are committed to working collectively, which means that where possible volunteers and staff operate on an equal footing when informing decisions about Oblong’s focus and strategic development. As a collective we are committed to enabling and empowering individuals to make informed choices, to take responsibility for their actions and to develop their skills and knowledge.

We believe that if individuals are given the responsibility to make decisions within the safe and dynamic environment of Oblong then they may feel empowered to do so amongst the wider community.

Tel: 0113 245 9610

Charity number: 1120379
Company number: 3147855

Woodhouse Community Centre
197 Woodhouse Street