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.

Communities Creating Change - free course for people who want to make a difference

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd November 2014

10am - 4:30pm

Woodhouse Community Centre

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

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.

Free of charge, though donations are welcome. Please register so we know you're coming. (If you register but fail to turn up, without letting us know in advance, we may need to charge you because the cost of this event is provided by specific funding.)

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

Woodhouse Community Centre is accessible by bus lines 1, 6, 28, 51, 55 and 56. There is on-street parking available near the building

Book here: Communities Creating Change booking

ChangeCheck Survey 2014 - Take Part

Tell us how you think we've made a difference.

Oblong's impact - Change Check community survey

Survey

Oblong's impact - Change Check community survey

Can you help find out what difference we make - and what we could do differently?

We need volunteers to help us survey people in the local area. This survey work gets to the heart of the impact Woodhouse Community Centre makes in the area. It’s a great opportunity for Oblong to really connect and engage with local people’s feelings and ideas, and get feedback on the work we do - so we can act on it.

If you live locally and could spend a few hours collecting 10 responses, this would be a massive help. We need volunteers to interview their neighbours or knock door to door to guide people through the responses. This should take you 3 to 5 hours, total, over four weeks, between 21st July and 16th August.

We will brief you on what to do, how to complete the survey properly, and how to make sure you stay safe. We’ll provide copies of the surveys. We’ll ask each volunteer to get 10 surveys completed.

You can gain skills, experience and confidence as well as a chance to make a connection with people in your neighbourhood.

We use the information gathered to shape our long-term planning and to support funding bids for projects to address the issues people raise. It’s crucial work that has a real effect on what Oblong does at Woodhouse Community Centre. Your help will be much appreciated.

If you are able to help, please get in touch with mark@oblongleeds.org.uk or ring 01132459610.

Basic IT classes at Woodhouse Community Centre

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Do you need help with using a computer or do you know someone who could do with help?

Come along and play with our computers & get FREE advice about how to explore the internet.

You might want to learn how to search for your favourite hobby, find out about free trips and things to do during the school holidays, save money on bills, communicate with friends and family using Facebook, e mail, and or get easy access to local services.

Get IT Together Leeds is supported by BT’s Connected Society programme, BT’s commitment to help people right around the world gain the skills and confidence they need to join the online community.

When: Mondays starting 23th June 2014 11:00 to 14:00
Where: Woodhouse Community Centre, 197 Woodhouse Street, LS6 2NY.

All ages welcome! Don’t be shy or frightened help will be available on the day as well as information about loads of free things you can get using the internet. It could change your life for the better.

Re-Launching the Food Co-op

Over the past few months we've been working hard at reviewing and developing the Food Co-op. We are planning to re-launch the Food Co-op between mid June and early July. The service we offer will include members being able to order a range of fruit and veg on-line to be collected at the Centre. We really need help before the launch with publicity, social media and the web site development, though there are a number of roles that we also need volunteers for.

If you would like to help out with this exciting development then please contact Mark Southwell - mark@oblongleeds.org.uk

The full list of volunteer opportunities includes:

Finance:
- weekly accounting and finance report at meetings
- setting budget and being in charge of financial planning
- monitoring actual versus budget
- inducting other worker-members to the finance of the food co-op

Food order to supplier
- to download the form summarising the overall order per produce from the database and forward it to the supplier (x days before delivery)
- to gather the number of orders from the database (should include both, online and offline orders) and contact the number of volunteer needed for the week

Food packing
- print individual customer order sheet
- get the packing material (scales, boxes, bags, gloves, etc.)
- do the packing and attach the order sheet to each order
- to store the orders for them to be picked up
- clean the packing room and put back the packing material

Taking customer order
- to be at Oblong at specific time to take people’s order
- to take payment from customer and follow a procedure when handling cash
- to enter each order on the database
- handing out paper copies of the information present on the web page such as events and recipe cards
- chatting with customers and collecting feedbacks

Publicity
- elaborate, discuss and implement a publicity strategy for the food co-op and associated events
- coordinate publicity tasks (flyering, being active on social media, etc)

Membership liaison / coordinator
- checking and dealing with food co-op email on a weekly basis
- weekly update of the web page in terms of event and announcement
- reporting customer feedback to meetings
- coordinate organising events

Web page maintenance
- fixing issues and making technical improvements