“I enjoy both roles but if I have to choose between them it would definitely be marketing because our task is to improve marketing for Oblong & Woodhouse Community Center and we do post regularly on social media”

Marketing is an important function for Oblong. Our purpose is to empower people and create community led events to engage various groups within our community and Marketing action group is integral to that.

Ima is our new volunteer, who is assisting us in marketing and reception roles. We decided to interview her. She has been here with us for 7 weeks. …


Chris Wyley is just one of the many ESOL Classroom volunteer. In 2016, 9,957 people were granted asylum in initial screening (Year ending June 2016, Gov.uk). Meaning that over 60% of those applying for asylum were refused in 2016.The reality is that Britains asylum system is very tough. The Refugee Council have some myth-busting information here about asylum in Britain.

Some refugees from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere have settled in Bradford & Yorkshire. Most of them have limited english language skills and have only made it here after escaping the horrors of war and conflict. …


This year’s International Women’s Day will take place on the 8th of March with the theme #BeBoldForChange. The emphasis is to help forge a better working world — a more gender inclusive world.

To celebrate this important day, Oblong is hosting an event on Wednesday the 8th of March at Woodhouse Community Centre. From 12am to 1:30pm there a free tasty lunch served for everyone. And 1:30–3pm we will screen some short and inspiring documentaries. Free and open to everyone!

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. …


I
t is 20 years this year since Oblong opened its doors in a small oblong studio building, hence the name.Since then it has grown to be a massive world conquering multinational, no not really. If you are not aware of what Oblong is, it is actually a charity for people looking to improve their lives and their communities.

In fact it couldn’t be more different to a multinational. Oblong is a collective championing working with a flat structure that sees eight part-time staff and over fourty volunteers working together as equals.Today it operates from Woodhouse Community Centre, however, there…


‘‘I wanted to develop an alliance of role models and street angels. The more people realise that it’s not just an organisation for my mum, it’s an organisation for the street. It’s an ethos. An ethos I think would be nice for more people to pick up on and start being positive role models’’ — Shane Fenton

From its inception Speak to the Streets has had community at its core. Being part of the streets to becoming one of its biggest influences, through his work with Speak to the Streets, b-boy (breakdancing boy) Shane Fenton inspires the next generation. …


Did you know that J.R.R. Tolkien, the author behind best-selling fantasy fiction series and Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Lord of The Rings’ has some deep connections with the city of Leeds, having taken up a post as a Reader in English language at the University of Leeds in 1920.

Moreover, it has been suggested that Middle Earth, the fictional setting of ‘The Lord of The Rings’, may actually have been inspired by Tolkien’s time in Leeds which preceded the writing of the series. …


“ The Otley runs as well for me, it’s very much like now, we’ll be empty, and all over a sudden have 50 Smurfs in. Half an hour later they’re gone and all you have left is blue paint everywhere.” Paul McIntyre

Many can flaunt modern grand aesthetics but not all can boast a reputation enduring over a century. Established in the 1850s, the Pack Horse still reminds you of its former character through its conservative look. With an outside courtyard sat on former stables, a live music room and an unmatched collection of its own brewed ale …


Caring Together’s manager notes the organisation still remains a focal means of socializing among the older residents of the community despite the tougher economic landscape.” John O’Dwyer

John O’Dwyer is a part of the four people team aside from its volunteers that work for Caring Together in the Woodhouse community centre. With over a decade of experience in Leeds’ other locally known non-profits, John manages the daily activities of the charity as it provides support and advice to its 300 odd members.

The organisation was established during the 1990s, largely by the older people in the areas that were aware…


We pride ourselves at Oblong at listening to people and lots of what i am hearing back from surveys, at the bob-along and in conversation around security is that ‘its not secure in the I.C.T area’ and the stand out solution seems to be CCTV is the best bet.

Personally i have mixed opinions on this. First, i completely agree it is less secure in the I.C.T …


“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…”

Between May 2012 and April 2015 we/Oblong ran a Big Lottery Reaching Communities funded project ‘Make a Difference. The project aimed to improve disadvantaged people’s chances in life, help them be active and healthy, improve urban environments, and strengthen communities. To do this, Oblong ran a volunteering scheme, supported volunteer-led projects, created community gardens, and provided community development training courses.

During the project we worked with over 170 volunteers. When our volunteers…

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