Leeds Clothing Exchange at Woodhouse Community Centre

Posted in Community, Oblong

Very pleased to see this article in the Guardian about The Leeds Clothing Exchange (see link) at the Woodhouse Community Centre.  This is one of the groups that Oblong Leeds hosts at the centre and works to support. The Leeds Clothing Exchange , which gives people access to fresh affordable clothes, has become very popular in….

Leeds Clothing Exchange at Woodhouse Community Centre

CofE communications. Why are we doing it?

Just has a couple of days talking about communications in the new CofE diocese and separately at the Woodhouse Community Centre in Leeds.  Here I’m capturing a few personal thought about the value of telling stories within an organisational structure and how important it is to work with traditional media. At the CofE I was….

Connecting communities, communication and compassion (all the Cs)

  (Hastily jotted and incomplete reflection after a day talking about communication in Leeds in the context of an inclusive community organisation.) Communication in an open and inclusive environment has the potential for chaos and misunderstanding. Making decisions when there are many stakeholders of different outlooks can be the biggest challenge we face if we….

Good relationships and adopting a range of styles good for communication.

Here’s a short note to myself about the Communities Creating Change course, you’re welcome to peruse. In our business life building relationships in order to communicate better and taking time and care to properly understand what we are dealing with is very important. In a busy work environment this can sometimes be be seen as….

Communities Creating Change. A daring circus troupe.

We’ve had a really excellent session at Woodhouse Community Centre today, Communities Creating Change. There were about fifteen people there, and as per my last blog post we were on a journey to understand how people and communities can work together towards change. What do we hope for? What issues do we face? How can….

Communities Creating Change – Join #OblongLearning on Twitter

As you may know I work part time for a charity in Leeds called Oblong. I’m proud of the achievements of Oblong which has taken on and refurbished a community centre. It delivers transformational projects for communities and individuals including volunteer programmes, mental health courses, arts and social events. There’s a cinema event every month….

Inclusive communications and working with volunteers

At the Woodhouse Community Centre we have been immersed in discussions about communication – personal, team and external. We have a flat management structure with a non hierarchical way of working. This means that everyone is involved in the decisions we make and no-one has overall power (theoretically and practically for the most part). Here….

Inspiring people

I’ve spent the day at Woodhouse Community Centre getting a few admin tasks done and trying to figure out how to get volunteers working on a citizen journalism project.  I feel that writing, photographing, observing, asking questions – just being curious – is such a life giving thing.  When you’re slumped in a chair doing….

Story telling from the inside and Hilary Benn MP

Busy day today making plans for roles and responsibilities at Oblong Leeds running the Woodhouse Community Centre. One thing we are sure about is that the media and marketing activities require focused effort. Selling services and maintaining good visitor relationships is, of course, everyone’s responsibility, but there are specialist outreach activities. Here I want to….

The lower rate: why is the church seen as rich and closed?

Posted in Faith, Oblong

I’ve been having a number of conversations about the way the church communicates. There is undoubtedly an urgent need for the church to get a few key messages across more clearly. If you set aside (difficult to do), the central thing of Christ dying for our sins, non church goers are even then confused about….