Chalcots Community Manifesto
Over the past year, North Camden Zone, a local community organising project, has been meeting with people who live on the Chalcots. Together, we’ve come up with the Chalcots Community Manifesto and nine goals for how the Chalcots could become a stronger, safer, more connected community where everyone’s voice is valued, and residents have everything they need to look after their wellbeing and support each other.
The Chalcots Community Hack occurred in February 2020, creating 10 innovative ideas for community-led change on the Chalcots Estate. These ideas were put to a public vote for residents of the Chalcots, helping to choose which ideas to focus on for the spring and summer of 2020. Results will be published on this site from 18th March, 2020.
Chalcots Community Action is a community-led systems change project based on the Chalcots Estate in Swiss Cottage. 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 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 also partnered with Street2Scale to hand out pre-loaded credit cards with £100 to be given to residents. Find our what ideas your neighbours came up with below!
Who We Are
Meet our Community Organisers!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here you will find details about any upcoming or ongoing events and activities open to all Chalcots estate residents.
When and Where
Thursday, 3rd October - Bray TRA room
Wednesday, 9th October - Blashford TRA room
Thursday, 17th October - Dorney TRA room
Thursday, 31st October - Dorney TRA room
Come along to one of our Tea, Cake and Chat events to meet your neighbors, make new friends, and and chat in a friendly space. Bridget and Nassima, your Community Organizers will be there to welcome you.
The events are free to attend for Chalcot's residents from all blocks including older people, children, and parents. There is no need to sigh up, just drop in on the day.
We partnered with Street to Scale to give out £100 pre-loaded cards to Chalcots residents who have a burning idea on how to make Chalcots more connected, healthier and happier. They only needed to express their interest in receiving the card and did not have to tell us their idea before they were awarded the micro-grant.
We also recruited 6 community members as the Board of the initiative. The Board helped us spread the work about the opportunity, recruit the cardhollders as well as decide how the micro-grant will be awarded and evaluate the initiative at the end.
Together they formed the Chalcots Bank which aimed to connect the people of the Chalcots.
Below are some ideas the cardholders came up with!
Bray Community Shelf
Lil, our Cardholder from Bray set up the Bray Community Shelf. This is a mini library resident can access to swap the books they already have to books their neighbours and the local Belsize Library donated. Residents can access it regularly and swap or donate the books they no longer want. Lil is hoping this initiative will not only encourage residents to read more, but that it will also be a way for her neighbours to connect.
Chalcots Bingo Night
Three of our cardholders, Kalice, Mandy and Lance decided to come together and use their resources to deliver a great event. They decided to organsie something for the adults living on the Chalcots so they put on Chalcot's bingo night. Almost 20 resident came down on a Saturday evening for the chance to win an amazing array of prizes prepared by the organizers and catch up with eachother!
Chalcots Homework Club
Nuura organised a Homework club for the children across the Chalcots. More than 20 young people from across the tower blocks came together to help eachother with homework, but also meet people their age based in the area and make new friends. Through her idea, Nuura create a great space for young people to connect!