Welcome to Oblong Resource Centre!

Welcome to Oblong! Based at Woodhouse Community Centre in Leeds we provide advice, support and facilities for local people who want to make a difference through volunteering and community projects.

Oblong Network - better, stronger, faster

The Oblong ICT collective has been working hard over the last few months to roll out some network upgrades. As some of you may or may not be aware Windows XP is not supported anymore and we need to upgrade to Windows 7 to keep everything secure.

The good news is Windows 7 will slowly be rolled out over the next month along with Office 2013 onto the desktops at the centre, we are also taking this opportunity to speed up the network so browsing speed should be improved.

One of the downsides to this is that we will no longer have the money or expertise to pay for a professional file server with user logins, dont worry though you wont lose anything we will be backing volunteers data stored on user profile onto their very own Oblong branded 2GB USB stick.

Due to the size of the media files the Media Collective work will still have a access on the macs and be backed up as normal.

Dates for the diary

11th - 13th April we will be backing up volunteer data onto USB sticks and removing user logins.

15th April desktops will have guest login only and volunteers will be able to sign for their own 2GB USB stick with their data as of 11th April.

17th April on-wards we will be updating the desktops with Windows 7.

Early may we will be updating the broadband speed for all the desktops.

Creating change together

Last weekend’s Communities Creating Change workshop at Woodhouse Community Centre brought together 13 participants who gave up their Saturday and Sunday to engage with each other on a course Oblong designed. We put the call out ‘for people who want to create change in their communities and themselves.’ Click here to read the story

Communities Creating Change attendees

Put your skills to work - volunteer with the Development Collective

The Development Collective focuses on fundraising, organisational development and sustainability of Oblong. We are always looking for skilled volunteers to help with:
- finding and applying for grants,
- contract development,
- consultation and research, and
- planning to deliver Oblong’s long-term strategy.

We’d also be happy to support a volunteer with a bit of experience to start a group focusing on fundraising through donations. This could be through running:
- events,
- campaigns,
- or other ideas for gift fundraising.

If you’d like to volunteer with the Development Collective, you’ll need some experience and/or transferable skills from involvement with one or two of the types of activities mentioned above, and you need to be happy working independently some of the time with support from others in meetings and over email.

You’ll gain lots of practical skills for the community or business sector – for example, grant writing, fundraising, entrepreneurship, events and networking. You’ll also get some great experience to put on your CV, and there are opportunities to complete relevant training.

Please contact Mark Southwell at mark@oblongleeds.org.uk or 0113 245 9610.

Would you like to work on a social media campaign for Woodhouse Community Centre?

Oblong Leeds would like voluntary help running a promotional campaign to increase our room bookings at Woodhouse Community Centre. This project will provide a good opportunity to learn about social media marketing, video, photography, print design and project management.

We would particularly like volunteers to help with planning and updating social media over the campaign period.

Oblong is looking for people who can work together, meeting once a week at a time to be agreed. We will be using the on-line project collaboration tool Basecamp to help with project communications.

If you would like to be part of this team as a volunteer please contact markw@oblongleeds.org.uk

Communities Creating Change - new course

Communities Creating Change

A FREE 2-day course for people who want to create real change in their communities and in themselves

Discuss: Your community’s needs and strengths
Learn: How to collaborate, engage and think together
Act: Practice new skills and make a plan for action

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd March

We will explore:
- our hopes, expectations and needs for our communities
- Appreciative Inquiry interviewing
- running fruitful meetings
- active listening
- the roles we play in group working and communication
- collaborative thinking
- capturing ideas effectively and creatively
- project planning, target-setting and evaluation
- power mapping and external communications
You will get a chance to try out new practices you learn as we go along, and there will be space in the second session to further explore your own ideas and questions with others - and plan your next steps for action.

10am-4:30pm each day
Woodhouse Community Centre

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Food will be vegetarian but please let us know if you have other dietary requirements.

Book your place now at http://communitiescreatingchange.eventbrite.co.uk/