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Lightwaves Leisure & Community Centre, Lower York Street Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 3LJ

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Lightwaves Leisure & Community Centre


A new weekly drop in advice session from Citizens Advice Wakefield District will be held at Lightwaves every Wednesday, 10am – 12pm.

Free and confidential information and advice on:
Welfare Benefits – Entitlement, challenging decisions, help with forms…
Work – Redundancy, pay, terms and conditions, dismissals…
Consumer – Faulty goods, problems with services, holidays, building work…
Housing – Landlord and tenant disputes, disrepair, evictions…
Family – Ending a relationship, looking after people, death…
And much more!

At the weekly drop in session our adviser will assess how best to assist you and will arrange further appointments (telephone or in person) if necessary, including referrals to our own Citizens Advice team of
– Debt advisers
– Fuel advisers
– Universal Credit Help to claim advisers

We are a good place to start as we can also signpost you to more appropriate local or national organisations for specialist help if required.

Citizens Advice Wakefield District is a registered charity. Although part of the national Citizens Advice network we are independent and run locally for the residents of Wakefield District.

Telephone: 03444 111 444 or visit:


Hello everyone! Lightwaves is pleased to announce that we are planning to re-open the centre on Tuesday 1st September 2020.

Please note that we will only be taking card payments/contactless at the moment.

We will also be operating the track and trace system and respectfully request that you sign in upon arrival.

We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you
The Lightwaves staff

COVID-19 Help and Translated Information

For language translated information on Coronavirus/COVID-19 click here.

Please see our help and information cards given out to the local community. #WakefieldCares

14 April 2020

Help Raise Money for Food Parcels – Buy a Meal for 5 People

Lightwaves Community Trust in partnership with Next Generation are doing a fund raiser with The Grand to help raise money for food parcels for people in Wakefield who are having to socially isolate.
What we would like you to do is buy a meal for 5 people, which you pay and click and collect from Dewsbury, and all the money goes towards helping people in our community through these difficult times.

Please visit to order.

Thank you.

01 April 2020

Volunteers Needed

Lightwaves and Next Generation Leisure and Community Centre are coordinating a volunteer response to the needs of our community and working alongside the Local Authority, NOVA, NHS and other partners in the Voluntary Sector in response to the current COVID19 pandemic. Can you volunteer?

Could you volunteer to:
Chat to people on the phone who may be self-isolating so that they don’t get lonely
Do shopping or drop off other supplies
Take someone’s dog for a walk if they can’t get out
Make food parcels
Do deliveries
Help with admin
– Help with food bank

To volunteer visit…/lightwaves-next-generation…

Let’s do what we can to show just how much #WakefieldCares 💙

27 March 2020


Closure of all fitness and leisure services

We desperately did not want to close our leisure centre services, but given the government’s subsequent requirement for all Fitness Gyms and Leisure Centres to close at midnight on the 20th March, we are now closed for all fitness and leisure activities. This will remain closed until further notice.

We are in the process of developing roles for voluntary helpers in the community centre. As soon as we have details on these we will pass on the information.

We will do our best to keep posting information and messages via our Facebook and website pages.

Thank you on behalf of all the staff, volunteers and trustees for all your support and please continue to keep safe.

If you have any concerns regarding this, you can contact the centre on 01924 360158 or email

21 March 2020

A little bit about us…

Lightwaves Leisure and Community Centre is based in central Wakefield and offers a variety of sports, events and facilities. The centre is directed by Lightwaves Community Trust.

The overall aim is to provide the residents of Wakefield and neighbouring areas with a thriving community-run facility for sport, leisure, social, and community activities, in order to advance their wellbeing, health, and to promote cohesion within the community.

Lightwaves is home to various sports and clubs, including; Tomiki Aikido ClubWakey Wheeled Cats Roller Derby Club and Azad Cricket Club.

Lightwaves offers facilities for five-a-side football, basketball, table tennis, badminton, volleyball and netball. We can cater for other kind of sports and leisure activities. Spaces are also available for events, parties and meetings.

Lightwaves is also home to Next Generation Youth and Community Project, JobZone, which offers support with finding training or employment, Young Lives, which offers support for groups working with children and young people, and AVA (Alliance for Voluntary Arts) which is a network of voluntary arts groups.