Sandhills Community House
The Sandhills Community House helps the residents of Sandhills, Leighton Buzzard to feel part of the community in which they live. It provides:
- Social activities and groups for all ages
- Community café and meeting space
- Volunteering opportunities
- Support for setting up and running groups and clubs
- Adult learning
- Information on local services
- Community events and activities
Getting in touch with the Community House
Visit: 6 Plover Road,
LU7 4AW. Download directions and map
Call: 01525 374600
Visit us on Facebook: Sandhills Community House
Join our Facebook Group: The Sandhills Community House Group
To join the mailing list, complete the keeping in touch form
House 2 House newsletter
Receive a copy of the House 2 House newsletter which is delivered bi-monthly by the Community House volunteers to every residence in Sandhills.
Download the latest House 2 House newsletter here
Opening Hours of the Community House
The Community House is open Monday to Friday 9.30am until 4.00pm and at other times by arrangement.
Several groups meet at the Community House outside these hours. Please contact the Community House for further details.
The Community House Café
The Community House café is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11.30am until 2.00pm; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30am until 2.00pm. The café serves light lunches, snacks and homemade cakes. All sorts of delicious treats along with a reviving cup of tea, coffee or soft drink are available at very reasonable prices. The café also sells take away sandwiches, drinks, hot rolls and cakes. Anyone can drop into the café - it is very sociable and is a great way to meet people.
For more information of what is available, click on our latest Community House Café Menu
What's on at the Community House
A whole host of activities are organised and are being planned to suit all types of interests and to involve everyone in their neighbourhood. Examples include:
For the under 5's
- Toddler groups
- Pre-school taster sessions
- Music, movement and rhyme
- Toy library
- Toddler ballet
- Cooking for tots
- Al the music man
For school age children
- Holiday activities
- After school club
Clubs and Groups
- Coffee morning for parents and carers of under 5s
- Business networking lunch club
- Afternoon tea for the retired
- Knit, stitch and sewing group
- Community choir
- Gardening club
- Book club
- AllOne fellowship group
- Southern Residents Group
Exercise and Fitness
- Fitness classes
- Running group
- Cycle for life
- Buggy exercise
- Slimming club
- Springboard for women returners
- Digital photography
- Basic computer skills
- Card making and crafts
- Family Learning
- Fashion evenings
- Quiz evenings
- Family activities
Please read the current House 2 House newsletter for further details and for dates and times of all these activities.
Here is the House 2 House Calendar for the next couple of months
These can be arranged with organisations such as the CAB and the Volunteer Centre.
Room hire at the Community House
There are two rooms available for hire on an hourly or daily basis. These can be used for meetings, training sessions or children's parties. Due to parking restrictions, priority is given to Sandhills residents for the use of these rooms. Please contact the Community House for further details. Please contact the Community House for further details.
Who's who at the Community House
Lucy Crayk - Community Development Officer. Lucy works with the Sandhills residents organising activities and helping them to become more involved in their local community.
Vicki Drummond - Partnerships Officer. Vicki's role is to develop partnerships with organisations from all sectors and to keep everyone up to date with events at the Community House.
Jo Divney - Programme Co-ordinator. Jo is responsible for the smooth running of all the activities and events taking place at the Community House.
Maggi Perry - Community Café Co-ordinator. Maggi is the resident chef and runs the Community Café.
The Sandhills Community Action Project
This project has been running for over a year. To read more about the success of the project please read the Annual Review.
The Sandhills Community Project was established to develop the area of Sandhills in Leighton Buzzard as a sustainable community. This involves advocating on behalf of the Sandhills residents, as well as creating and delivering new social infrastructure to address their needs.
Project Core Values
There are six core values underpinning the project:
- Social inclusion - a sense of belonging where people from different backgrounds feel valued for the part they can play in making their community a better to place to live, as well as having the ability to network beyond their own neighbourhood.
- Participatory governance - enabling citizens, individually and collectively, to identify their needs and to have a greater say in decisions that affect their community's well-being.
- Empowerment - individuals, groups and communities are empowered to take control of their future and are able to take action with reducing levels of external support.
- Community self-help and support - building confidence and the capacity of individuals and groups to plan and deliver community-led activities and programmes to meet local needs through structures that are supported and maintained from within the community.
- Partnership working - public, private, voluntary and community service providers are coordinated and there is a commitment to open, honest and effective communications between the community and service providers to build trust and effective relationships.
- Learning - action research and other systems for monitoring, reflection, evaluation and learning provide evidence-based practice and outcomes that inform future delivery of social infrastructure.
Strategic Outcomes and Objectives
There are three strategic outcomes for the project:
- Residents living at, or moving into, Sandhills will have their information needs clearly identified and met so that they can access local services and improve their well-being.
- Sandhills residents will feel less isolated or lonely as a result of having participated in new social networks, activities or other services offered at the Community House.
- Sandhills residents will be more actively involved in their community as a result of being able to participate in new community activities, forums and groups, and through local volunteering opportunities.
These out comes are underpinned by the following objectives:
- To utilise the Community House as a base for developing a programme of activities and other services, designed to reduce the social isolation of residents and enable them to become actively involved in their community, which is planned, organised and delivered in partnership with residents and local service providers.
- To identify and meet the information needs of new and existing residents, increase their knowledge of local services, including those delivered through the project; and enable residents to access local services and improve their well-being.
- To enable residents to take an interest in, and engage with, local issues affecting them or their community through local forums, consultations and other media.
- To promote and develop volunteering, and enable residents to access local volunteering opportunities.
- To empower residents to lead, create, develop and sustain new social networks, cultural activities and community groups.
- To manage the project in a way that makes best use of the resources available.
- To identify the lessons learned from evidence-based practice and outcomes to inform the future delivery of social infrastructure and support the development of new sustainable communities within Central Bedfordshire.
Sandhills Community House is operated by Voluntary and Community Action (Charity No. 1108879) on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council. The Sandhills Community Action Project is managed by Voluntary and Community Action on behalf of the Southern Leighton Buzzard Partnership.
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