Skip to the content

Chalvey Activity Food and Fun Club

Chalvey Community Partnership (CCP) is a constituted community group, made up of volunteer members of the Chalvey community who are driving the Strong, Healthy and Attractive Chalvey plan.

We are recognise that Chalvey is the most ethnically diverse ward in Slough and scores the lowest for community cohesion on the Slough Borough Councils ward rankings. 52% of Chalvey residents felt there was a very or fairly big, problem with people not treating each other with respect and consideration (Place Survey 2018) and more recently 37% said they did not feel like they belonged to the Chalvey neighbourhood (Stronger Neighbourhoods Survey 2019). Some of these survey respondents gave ‘lack of community cohesion’ and ‘no sense of community’ as reasons for this. Chalvey is also the second most deprived ward across Slough and across the Frimley area, with 20.9% of its children at risk of living in poverty. 14.9% of Chalvey children are eligible and claiming free school meals compared to 11.7% across Slough, emphasising the food poverty of Chalvey families.

In order to drive the plan, CCP work in partnership with Slough Borough Council, Thames Valley Police, NHS Frimley CCG and other relevant organisations, focusing on key issues including health and wellbeing, housing and regeneration, community safety, community cohesion, environment, businesses, skills and jobs.

We applied to the Innovation Fund in the hopes of launching an ‘Activity Food and Fun’ club looking at wellness and healthy eating within the community of Chalvey. We intend to start with children and families initially and then open up to the wider community. This will be a partnership project, led by Chalvey Community Partnership with support from Slough Borough Council, Chalvey Can and Breaking Boundaries.

Through this club we will aim to improve community cohesion, alongside the physical and mental wellbeing of the Chalvey community. Our partners, Chalvey Can and Breaking Boundaries will deliver a session of physical activity for the whole family and Chalvey Community Partnership will lead the families for dinner club, cooking healthy and nutritious food together before eating together as a group. Alongside this we will look to work with local food businesses to get involved in the project, either as sponsors, guest chefs or to help with promotion.

This will be the first project of its kind in Chalvey and we hope to use this funding as an opportunity to pilot this project, enabling us to apply for further funding and to develop this idea as we learn more through this process. As the project grows we will open up the club to the whole population of Chalvey rather than exclusively to families.

Adapting our model due to facing some barriers in getting the cooking element of our project off the ground, we have chosen instead to focus on community cohesion, fun and getting people active. To date we have successfully run 5 CAFF events, including two events joining with a local litter picking society to help clean the local area. We currently have two events in the pipeline, including one for the Queen’s jubilee.

These events have not only brought together local communities but have helped families get active through a range of sports activities. Additionally, we have had gardening at the local allotments and have organised free experiences at the local ice arena. 

Between 40-100 attendees have come along to each event! The families have all fed back positively to us and would like these events to continue. The events have also drawn the attention of local counsellors and local community police officers, who have attended and supported our events.

We look forward to continuing to share our journey with you and you can see more on our instagram page @chalveycp