Lightwaves saved!

lightw2A big Thank You  from Next Gen to all children & young people. parents, local residents, councillors, schools, local businesses, other Wakefield community  oganisations, Lightwaves users and council officers. Together we did save Lightwaves from closure!  Council Leader Cllr. Peter Box has offered full Council assistance and support so now it is up to all of us to make Lightwaves a fantastic facility for local people. To make it a success  we will need your active input, support and involvement. You could volunteer to help run the centre, promote what we are doing, raise funds, help out with activities, apply to become a Trustee or provide suggestions on how Lightwaves can be developed to meet your needs and interests. Continue reading Lightwaves saved!


recyNext Generation is taking part in a new council scheme that rewards us and our community for recycling more. The more our area recycles, the more the council will put into a fund of up to £1500.

This money will go to Next Generation to create recycling facilities at Lightwaves Leisure Centre.

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There are two ways you can help add to the fund:

1. Just increase how much you recycle in your bin and box.

2. Fill in a quick survey to tell us what you think about recycling. It only takes five minutes and for every completed survey, the council will add an extra 10p into the fund for Next Generation’s new community recycling zone.

Each household can fill out one survey. If every house in the community fills out a survey, it could add up to £250 to the prize fund.

There are two ways you can fill out a survey:

Online: visit and select Wakefield Centre North. The follow the online instructions.

In Person: fill in your survey at: Lightwaves Leisure Centre, Lower York Street, Marsh Way, Wakefield, WF1 3LJ


For more information about community rewards, contact 0845 8506 506.


groupOn Sunday 12 February Mark Thomas, the well known comedian, documentary maker and social activist, will run a day long workshop for young people. The aim of the workshop is to show young people how their experiences and observations of life are rich material for performance. By the end of the day you will either have produced a performance or a video.

It is organised by NEAT and will take place at The Orangery from 11am to 4pm. There are no costs but you’ll need to bring lunch. A group of young people will meet at Next Gen at 10.30am to go over together. All young people aged 12 and older are welcome!

The workshop is organised by NEAT Wakefield. NEAT aims to give everyone the chance to tell their stories through art, drama, writing, music, photography or whatever: Stories are important; everyone has story, so everyone is important. See NEAT’s website: for more information

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