• What we do

    Making the Chalcots a more connected, healthier and happier place

    Chalcots Community Action is a community-led systems change project based on the Chalcots Estate in Swiss Cottage. In this development phase we are working with the residents on the estate to find out their vision for the Chalcots Estate, what residents feel they can contribute to support their neighbours, and what ideas they have to make it a healthier, happier and more connected place. A document called the Chalcots Manifesto will be produced that is community owned, capturing the goals of the community by the end of February 2019. The format of the manifesto is yet to be determined but may include film, art and words.


    This work builds on the initial consultation of 84 Chalcots residents where issues were raised around isolation particularly of older people, poor mental health, the separation of communities and anti-social behaviour. People indicated that they had an appetite for social action

    “We should have neighbourhood events to bring us together and look after each other”.


    We have employed eight diverse residents including 3 young people as Community Organisers to research what the Chalcots residents think, by interviewing them. We will also hold workshops in the new year to explore more closely the themes that emerge.


    We learn what works through action, by testing out resident’s ideas for activities and events. We are partnering with Street2Scale to hand out pre-loaded credit cards with £100 to be given to residents.


    We use a smartphone app called Bulbshare to make it easier for some residents to engage with the project. For more details scroll down!

  • Who We Are

    Meet our Community Organisers!

    Tancia Ntela

    I’m 22 years old and I am currently completing my Bachelor’s degree in Advertising at the University of the Arts London. In my spare time I do street photography and I listen to all different genres of music.


    If you see me around the Chalcots do not hesitate to say hi, ask questions about the North Camden Zone project or share your latest favourite track!

    Idil Nunow

    I am 18 years old and have lived in Burnham for all my life. I have chosen to become a Community Organiser because I am interested in your views about the estate.


    My role in collecting your views and experiences is important, but so is yours as a resident. We will need your help to make things happen on the Chalcots.

    Abel Parreira

    The Chalcots has been my home for over 25 years. I am a multi-media graduate and have worked on video production, music production, DJing and as a football coach.


    I think this is an important project because we all want to have a better and more fulfilling experience in the Chalcots estates and working in my community gives me real pleasure and satisfaction. .



    I am 22 and a recent psychology graduate. I currently work as a play worker with children with autism, which I really enjoy. In the future, I would love to start my own business, teach and motivate people, and of course, travel the world!


    I have chosen to become a Community Organiser because I love to meet and connect with the amazing people in my community, and make some positive changes, that we can all be involved with.

    Maria Emmanouilidou

    I am from Greece and work as a SEN teacher at Swiss Cottage School. I primarily help my pupil's learn and acquire skills that can improve the quality of their lives.


    As a Community Organiser, I would like to actively help my community become a great place for everyone to live and grow up in. I am willing to strive to address social challenges and set standards in place to implement best practices.

    Abdi Kadir Ahmed

    I am a father, youth worker, school governor and Restorative Justice panel member. I really enjoy working with people, challenging inequality, breaking down barriers and accelerating social mobility across all communities.


    I am a strong believer in social community action, sourcing solutions & advancements within the locality. There is much strength from unity than there is division.

    Bridget Higgins

    I am a wife, mother and grandmother and trained and worked as a nurse. Living in Bray for over 30 years, I have been actively involved with the Tenants and Residents Association.


    My interests are darts, quizzes, jigsaws, voluntary work with the TRA and my Church. I like to help people. When given a task or problem to solve, I will see it through to the end.

    Mary-Ann Gilroy

    I've lived in Dorney with my family for the last two and a half years. I volunteer with the baby feeding team in Camden and I am a volunteer parent champion.


    I am excited to be part of the North Camden Zone project. I can't wait to work together with my neighbours to make our community a better place to live for everyone.

  • Get involved

    Do you have some free time to make the Chalcots healthier, happier and more connected?

    What would improve your life on the Chalcots Estate?

    What ideas do you have to make it a great place to live and grow up?



    Sign up for an a 1:1 interview with our Community Organisers and share your vision for the Chalcots. The interview is an informal discussion with one of our Community Organisers about our experience of living on the Chalcots, your hopes and vision for the estate and how you could contribute to bring about that change.

    We are partnering with Street to Scale and have a limited number of £100 pre-loaded cards to give to Chalcots residents who have a burning idea on how to make Chalcots more connected, healthier and happier. It could be an activity, event, art installation or something else aiming to engage your neighbours, friends and everyone else living on the Chalcots.

    Who has worked tirelessly to make the Chalcots a better place to live?

    Who support other residents in the blocks without a second thought?

    Who has brought people together to connect?


    We would like to celebrate the Chalcots residents that have made your block or the wider estate a better place to live in the last year.


    Who do you think has made a difference?

    Who are the Chalcots Heroes?


    At the end of February we will hold and event which will include celebrating the Chalcots Heroes.

  • Bulbshare

    Have your say about the Chalcots' future from your sofa!

    Don't have the time to actively participate but would still like to have your say in the how the Chalcots could become a more connected, healthier and happier place?


    Bulbshare is an app where we will share ideas collected form the Chalcots residents. You can vote on which of these ideas, events, activities we should try out, give feedback and get involved in some of the activities that will happen in and around the estate.


    How to access Bulbshare:


    1. Download the free Bulbshare app from the App Store or Google Play Store

    2. Open the app and sign up to Bulbshare by tapping at the bottom of the screen

    3. You will be required to fill in your email and password, full name, date of birth, gender, country and city of residence

    4. Once you sign up you will be asked to enter an invite passcode. Please use the following code: chalcots

    5. Once you enter the invite code, you should be able to browse the content on the Chalcots Community Action channel


    Some ideas from your neighbours

  • Upcoming Events

    Chalcots 5 A Side Football Tournament

    Abel Parreira, your Community Organiser from Blashford would like to organise the first Chalcots 5 A Side Football Tournament. Each of the 5 blocks will need to get together 2 teams. Both teams can contain male and female players, with one adult team and one under 16s. The rest of us will be there to cheer our teams on! What better way to start 2019?


    Abel says “Football is about teamwork and camaraderie and we aim to build lasting relationships to achieve great things in the Chalcots community."


    Which block will take home the Chalcots Cup? We will need someone from each block to lead their teams or to help out on the day. If you are interested please contact Abel on abel@northcamdenzone.org or call Maddie or Esther on 020 7586 8731

    Swiss Cottage Winter Festival, 12pm, Sunday 9th December

    You are invited to the Swiss Cottage Open Space to celebrate this festive season with other members of the local community. Find our team at the Chalcots Community Action stall.

    Santa Chalcots Festive Party 12.30-5pm, Saturday 15th December

    The event will start at Burnham building where Santa will abseil down the building with presents for the children. The party will continue at Swiss Cottage Library from 2pm with a buffet, raffle, entertainment and much more.


    Bring your family down and enjoy the festive season with your community! The event is invite only so look for an invite being delivered through your door in the next couple of weeks.

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