arc man | 08.05.2004 18:51 | Free Spaces
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).
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!
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?
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
Next Meeting : Thursday 20th May 7.30 pm at the Café ,Holy Trinity Church, Boar lane.