Donate: Sponsor a Chair at Woodhouse Community Centre

Sponsor a Chair at Woodhouse Community Centre 


At Woodhouse Community Centre, we’re building a community space where everyone belongs and matters. We are a resource for all of the local community in LS6, offering groups and classes and activities, volunteering, and plenty more. Our popular Seva lunch club keeps people in Woodhouse and Little London fed on a Tuesday and Wednesday, plus we have English classes on a Thursday, Headspace mental health support group, room hire for local groups, and lots more.

Whether somebody’s visiting the centre to learn English, using our IT Suite to print off business cards or apply for Universal Credit, or playing ukulele in the men’s mental health group, everybody who uses Woodhouse Community Centre has one thing in common…

… they all need somewhere to sit.

This is where YOU come in.

Our old chairs have served us well, but they’re now approaching the end of their useful life. We want to buy new chairs that are lighter, more comfortable, and easier to move around the building. We also think our wonderful service users deserve to sit on nice seats! We’d use these chairs in our large hall, training rooms, and in the Doreen Tinker room, where 100+ people eat a tasty and nutritious PWYF breakfast and lunch every week.

We’re asking YOU to pledge to ‘sponsor a chair’ for yourself or a loved one. These chairs will make the centre a more comfortable and pleasant place, and will make all centre users feel more welcome. We want to make Woodhouse Community Centre a more comfortable and welcoming place, and your donations can help us achieve that.

Not only will you know you’re supporting the local community in Little London, Woodhouse and Hyde Park, you’ll become a ‘Woodhouse Warrior’. Every pledge will receive an email with a notification of thanks. You’ll be invited to a ‘Woodhouse Warrior’ coffee morning twice a year, where you can visit the centre and see how your money has been used. If you are sponsoring a chair as a gift for a loved one, we can address the email acknowledgement to them.

If we exceed our fundraising target of £3500, all funds raised will go to supporting Woodhouse Community Centre by supporting the other projects we run that support local people: building maintenance, items to put into food parcels, snacks and drinks or childcare to support ESOL and other groups.

Thank you for your support!

Donate to our 'Sponsor a Chair' campaign here. 



Help Oblong create active, flourishing communities

Donations are incredibly important to us. As a charity we rely on grants and contracts to pay for the work we do but we rely on you to help us go beyond that and work with the harder to reach people in new and interesting ways. If you wish to make an online donation or send by post or leave a gift in your will please click on the links and follow the instructions. Together with your donation we can make Woodhouse flourish.

£5 per month 

Pays for a volunteer ESOL teacher to come and teach a free ESOL class to asylum seekers or refugees. 

"The class is always fun, but every week we have an adequate amount of exercises and homework as well. Handouts are given and useful. This is a free English class but high quality!!"

£10 a month 

Pays for one person to have a free lunch every week at SEVA lunch club. Every week our popular volunteer-run lunch club feeds 100 people on a PWYF basis in Little London and Woodhouse. 


£20 per month 

Pays for two Oblong Food Parcels, or a shopping voucher for people who are in urgent need of food, using our acute needs service. Or £20 can pay for childcare to enable asylum seekers with young children to participate in our popular weekly English as a second language class. 

£50 a month 

Helps maintain the computers in our IT suite so that people can apply for work and benefits, and do everything that they need to online. £50 a month also covers volunteer expenses for all of the volunteers that run groups, the lunch club, and who volunteer on reception, at the centre. 

One-off donations of £100 or more 

Helps us maintain the fabric and fixings in our building: currently our front door and our boiler both need attention, but there is always stuff that needs doing in the building!