Dom skupnosti / Community centre (Savsko naselje housing estate, Ljubljana) has been established in the fifties. It was a place where the district administration was located. It also contained a larger hall for the events of / for the local community and a bar. The back part of the Community centre had not been in use in the last decades. Because of the new legislation bar was shut down and the neighbourhood administration relocated elsewhere.
In 2013, a NGO ProstoRož was commissioned by the City of Ljubljana to work on the revitalisation of the estate which included social community aspect. The community expressed a significant interest in putting Community centre back in use. The cooperation between ProstoRož, Coworking Slovenia (NGOs) the City of Ljubljana and Regional development agency has resulted in the concept of revitalisation. It included a social innovation service – Library of things and new use of the Centre in a manner of community centre, offering a space for organisation of various activities generated by the (local) community. The initial idea for providing new content to the local community centre and developing new services for the neighbourhood residents, as well as other citizens of Ljubljana, led to researching international good practices as well as the local needs. A Library of Things stood out as the content with tremendous potential not only for fostering social capital at the neighbourhood level (through coincidental run-ins or event organization), but also for enabling individuals to use items they might otherwise not be able to afford or that would take too much space if owned.
The Centre has been refurbished with the help of the locals who actively cooperated in renewal. Locals also cooperate in programme generation of the Centre and use the Library of things while the building is managed by ProstoRož NGO that has a contract with the City of Ljubljana who owns the building. As the Centre and the Library operate in a non-profit manner it is quite a challenge to provide finances for the future activities. Future operations depend on that.
Common name: Dom skupnosti Savsko naselje | Community centre Savsko naselje Organization managing the building: ProstoRož, NGO from Ljubljana, Slovenia Owner of the building: Municipality of Ljubljana, Slovenia Location: Savsko naselje, housing estate located in the northern part Ljubljana, Slovenia Unvacant since: 2015