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(en) UK, A new social centre for Leeds? - an infopoint for the Dissent! network - which is a kind of infopoint in the European-PGA spectrum

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Date Sat, 29 May 2004 16:42:31 +0200 (CEST)


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03-05-2004 - Do you think Leeds needs a radical space for information,
to hang out and to hold meetings and events?
If so come to the next Leeds ARC (Action for Radical Change) meeting
on Thursday May 6th 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church Café on Boar Lane.
Through the Dissent! network (a network of resistance against the G8 -
the Group of Eight most industrialised nations, whose 2005 summit will
be held in Britain.) cash (max £10 K) may be available for local groups
involved in the Dissent! network to set up and run a local Social Centre.
A number of people involved in Leeds ARC (Leeds' Dissent! info point) have
been discussing whether to open a rented social centre in Leeds.

If this is to happen it will need to involve as many
people as possible in the process right from the start deciding
exactly what the project is, finding a building, plus organising and
running of the centre. We hope for a radical space, 'owned' by
many people and groups, beyond Leeds ARC, who we see as a
facilitator in getting this idea off the ground.

At our last meeting we brainstormed some ideas of our vision for
a social centre, which included an autonomous space, not
focused on consumerism, which presents people with
alternatives. It could include a café, library, info space, food
coop, a large room (for meetings, gigs, workshops etc), a free
shop, office space, creche, health space and garden. Obviously a
lot of this will depend on the people involved and the space it ends
up in.

We decided that we need a big meeting of everyone who might
want to be involved in a social centre in Leeds, and decide how to
move forward from here.

So come along and lets talk about what kind of a social centre you
think Leeds needs and get involved...

Leeds social centre update

08.05.2004

The last Leeds ARC meeting (Thursday 6th May) was dedicated
to discussion about setting up a Social Centre in Leeds. Turn out
was great with about 40 people coming along to Holy Trinity
Church Café, Boar Lane to get involved.

Through the Dissent! network (a network of resistance against
the G8 - the group of Eight most industrialised nations, whose
2005 summit will be held in Britain.) cash (max £10 K) may be
available for local groups involved in the Dissent! network to set
up and run a local Social Centre. Groups wishing to benefit from
the cash are to submit their proposal/ideas for their social centre
in about one month's time (actual
date not yet known).

We hope for a radical space, 'owned' by many people and groups,
beyond Leeds ARC, who we see as a facilitator in getting this idea
off the ground. The purpose of the meeting was for people to hear
about the availability of the cash, to get involved from the very
start and to see what people want in a Social Centre in Leeds.

What do we want?

The following are ideas that people came up with:
Café, Coffee Shop, Office Space, Internet Access, Library, Info
Spot, Food Co-op, Free Shop, Health Space, Creche, Garden,
Exhibition Space, Book Shop, Workshop Space, Gig Space,
Activities Space, a place with BIG notice boards.

Somewhere where people can go with their children, somewhere
that is
friendly and welcoming rather than a hard core lefty‚ place
which will put people off coming in for the first time, a space that
can be use for raising cultural awareness and skill sharing, an
access point for people which will build a movement/network,
somewhere to hang out when you're not compelled to buy
something.

The space can become anything. It will be the people who
own/use it who
will decide what the space is used for!

Buildings

The location of the centre was something that needed to be
discussed and if possible consensus reached in order to allow
working groups to begin writing the proposal and hunting out the
ideal venue.

The main issues in deciding the location of the Social Centre
were:
- City Centre Versus Out of City Centre location
- Sharing a space with Oblong
- Short term Versus Long term Social Centre

The consensus was that people preferred a city centre location.
Despite the obvious higher cost people wanted a presence in
Leeds centre which would be accessible for all.

The choice of a city centre location ruled out the option of sharing
space with Oblong. Oblong is currently looking for a DIY music
no- profit gig venue. It had been thought that there may be areas
of compatibility with a social centre for these venues to be
combined. However Oblong is a community based project and
specifically want to have a venue within a community.

People indicated that they had the energy to get the project going
quickly and set it up on a short term basis but did not necessarily
want to set out with the aim of having a permanent Social
Centre... but who knows what will come out of the process?

Where Next?

A couple of people have volunteered to put together a draft
proposal which will be circulated at the next meeting.

Volunteers have divided‚ up the city centre to scout out and
follow up
possible venues with the aim of updating people about it at the
next
meeting.

Next Meeting : Thursday 20th May 7.30 pm at the Café ,Holy
Trinity Church, Boar lane.


Leeds Social Centre latest update

27.05.2004

The planning for Leeds Social Centre is well underway. Another
well attended meeting was held on Thursday 20th May.
Discussions included possible building, the funding proposal and
planning and licensing issues.

The next Social Centre planning meeting will be held on
Thursday 10th June at the Packhorse Pub, Woodhouse Lane at
7pm. This will be followed by a social event including the
screening of "The revolution will not be televised" - a
documentary about the Venezuealan coup at 9pm.

Please come along and bring ideas and inspiration

The other topic of discussion at the last meeting were possible
names for the centre. It was agreed that indymedia could be used
as a space to suggest names anonymously.

Below are some names suggested at the meeting, please add your
suggestions

RESPIRE ANOTHER WORLD PROPER GANDER

The planning for Leeds Social Centre is well underway. Another
well attended meeting was held on Thursday 20th May.
Discussions included possible building, the funding proposal and
planning and licensing issues.

The next Social Centre planning meeting will be held on
Thursday 10th June at the Packhorse Pub, Woodhouse Lane at
7pm. This will be followed by a social event including the
screening of "The revolution will not be televised" - a
documentary about the Venezuealan coup at 9pm.

Please come along and bring ideas and inspiration

The other topic of discussion at the last meeting were possible
names for the centre. It was agreed that indymedia could be used
as a space to suggest names anonymously.


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