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Resources provided by voluntary organisations to Chalcots Estate residents

We would like to thank all of the voluntary organisations who have supported our residents throughout the unprecedented disruption at the Chalcots Estate.

A number of organisations will continue to offer activities and advice to make the transition into temporary accommodation easier for those affected.

Organisations offering assistance to displaced Chalcots residents

  • Age UK Camden – Specialist staff will be making visits to our most vulnerable elderly residents to ensure that they are fully supported for the duration of the evacuation. They are also volunteering on site at the Chalcots Estate to offer advice, and address any concerns our older residents might have.
  • Ageing Better in Camden – Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) will also be checking on elderly residents, offering support and advice throughout the disruption.
  • Camden Food Market – Are looking to provide up to 1,000 vouchers that can be redeemed at around 45 food outlets. These vouchers should be available in the next few days. Vouchers will be valid until Monday 31 July and can be collected from Swiss Cottage Library.
  • Chalk Farm Food Bank – As the nearest foodbank to Swiss Cottage leisure centre, they have offered to provide food and vouchers to displaced residents.
  • The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust – Vouchers are being provided to vulnerable residents known to the trust, these can be used to buy essential items. Chalcots residents who are unfamiliar with the Trust can find out more from Camden Council or our advice partners. If you feel as though you may be eligible for assistance we can help you apply.
  • Kilburn Grange Project – Offering after school clubs from 3.30pm to 6.30pm at Kingsgate Community Centre. The cost is usually around £2.50 with discounts available. Includes workshops and opportunities to try art, dance and more.
  • Manor Gardens Welfare Trust – Are looking to run an emotional support workshop for Chalcots residents. If you would like to attend the workshop please contact Camden Council and a date and time can be arranged. Perinatal support to new parents, mental health and wellbeing support, friendship and befriender services are also available.
  • SHAK – Are holding youth clubs for ages 9-19, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Here, young people can take part in music production courses, gym sessions and get general support.
  • Somali Cultural Centre – The Somali Cultural Centre have been helping vulnerable families and those from the BME community access support and assistance. They are also able to provide a translation service and will be running a drop in service every Thursday from 10am-3pm. They have also been distributing hampers with bedding and baby supplies in partnership with The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust.
  • Swiss Cottage Community Centre – Normal service at the centre has now resumed and there are plenty of activities for evacuated residents at no fixed cost. This includes story time for young children and access to computers.
  • SYDRC – The Somali Youth Development Resource Centre have been working with residents on the Chalcots Estate, in particular young people, to ensure their wellbeing during the evacuation.
  • West Hampstead Women’s Centre – Offer a drop-in space for women on a Monday, and can provide food vouchers and a quiet space for mothers with their children. West Hampstead Women’s Centre have also flagged up accommodation where there is a need for cooked food to be delivered, and can provide emotional support, doctors appointments, childcare and more.
  • The Winch – Offer a play space for families every weekday from 9.30-2.30pm.

Partner organisations offering advice sessions to Chalcots residents

  • Mary Ward Legal Centre – Legal advice drop in session on Monday 3 July from 10am to 1pm.
  • Citizens Advice Camden – Drop in session on Tuesday 4 July from 1pm to 3pm, offering advice on everything from money and benefits to housing and healthcare.
  • Age UK Camden – Staff will be on hand at Swiss all day on Wednesday 5 July, they will be able to help elderly residents with any questions or concerns.
  • Camden Community Law Centre – Legal advice drop in session on Thursday 6 July from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Citizens Advice Camden - Drop in session on Friday 7 July from 10am to 1pm, offering advice on everything from money and benefits to housing and healthcare.
  • Citizens Advice Camden have also opened a helpline for evacuated Chalcots residents. You can call them on 07948 447 926, available Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm until Friday 7 July.

We would also like to thank

  • VCC - Have been invaluable in organising volunteer support from across Camden.
  • City University – Have kindly provided a team of eight people to undertake overnight shifts on the Chalcots Estate, offering information and support to those leaving their homes.
  • South Hampstead Synagogue, Camden Methodist Church, Sikh Aid, Red Cross, VAC, MAC-UK, Holy Trinity Swiss Cottage, Elfrida Camden, New North London Synagogue, BSC and Maiden Lane Community Centre who have offered support and continue to work with affected residents.

For more information, read the resident FAQs on our website.