The Lowedges Community Centre was created through LBJ Forum taking on the former Greenhill/Bradway Youth Centre.
In 2013 the LBJ Forum made the decision to prioritise our time and resources to adapt and make use of the under-used building. With the help of partners and grants from Community First and Sheffield City Council, we were able to improve the building through cleaning, decoration, building new internal walls and installing an improved heating system.
With an improved building that is suitable for all, we launched and reopened The Lowedges Community Centre on 12th May 2013.
Now the centre hosts a number of groups and activities for local people from children to older adults. These groups are run by local people and are open to anyone.
Thanks to our success Sheffield City Council choose us in 2017 to undergo a full refurbishment, including the creation of three additional rooms, a new male toilet downstairs enabling us to create gender-neutral toilets upstairs, an upstairs Kitchenette enabling groups to be self-contained and multiple uses, and new daylight lighting that creates a more bright and welcoming atmosphere. As well as being fully re-decorated, new heating, lower warmer ceilings, modern emergency lighting and fire alarm, new flooring and replaced all the old toilets and hand basins.
The Lowedges Community Centre is also a delivery base for Sheffield City Council’s Valley Park Family Centre and in used to host a number of adult learning courses provided by Reach South Sheffield. Please see Valley Park Family Centre and Reach South Sheffield for more details. In 2019 one of our rooms was upgraded to create a simple medical room that now allows local Midwifes to hold clinics in the community.
A Centre for the Community
The Lowedges Community Centre has become a modern Community Centre that’s inclusive and welcoming for all. It has accessible toilets suitable for all genders, accessible entrance and emergency exit, a lift to enable all users to access the whole building and has a team-leading it that are dedicated to the community.
Current Community Led Activities
In addition to the services delivered by The Family Centre and REACH South Sheffield, the Centre hosts a number of groups and activities each week and we promise to update this page soon, but it includes a Community Launderette, Community Cafe, Family Play & Tea with St Peter’s & Time Builders, Social Nights, Free access to computers and wifi, Little Pickers, Men’s Group and more as and when suggested or supported.
Follow the Lowedges Community Centre on Facebook for the latest announcements of groups and activities: https://www.facebook.com/LowedgesCC/
The Community Centre can be hired by the community for a variety of purposes, new groups, meetings, conferences, family events or activities, email us for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be aware the building is owned by Sheffield City Council and we are required to follow their bookings policy and procedures including 10pm closing.
Community Groups and Charities can hire the building from only £8 per hour for a small meeting room, up to £21 per hour for the large hall. Additional charges may apply for out of hours bookings (after 4pm). Please note booking policies include a requirement to share your safeguarding and insurance details if you intend to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults.
Local Bussinesses are also welcome to book the centre to meeting with clients or even hot desk space (includng wifi), talk to us for more information.
Our prices for private bookings start from £50 for a 2-hour party, plus time to set up and pack up, and includes access to the kitchen and our resources such as simple disco lights, CD player, table football etc. Contact Zoe for more details.