Whitfield Valley Centre
Winners of The Sentinel - Britannia "Our Heroes" Community Group of the Year 2011
CAFAG (Chell Area Family Action Group) was formed in 1995 with the aim of strengthening family life in the Parish of Chell (Fegg Hayes, Chell and Chell Heath).
Way back in the mid 1990’s the areas of Fegg Hayes, Chell and Chell Heath were named in a Church of England report as “the sickest area of a sick city”. A group of local residents decided that local people deserved better and in 1995 with the help of the Church formed CAFAG a local charity, they have been working ever since to change this perception of the area and provide a better life and opportunities for local residents by promoting cohesion and improving the lives and welfare of the local Community.
In 2001 CAFAG opened its flagship project, a centre for the local community. Transforming the then dilapidated Fegg Hayes Clinic into the award winning Whitfield Valley Centre was a big undertaking for a small local charity, but with true grit and determination, and considerable help from many quarters it succeeded; you could say transforming an ugly duckling into a magnificent swan. Totally supported by contributions from the charity sector and the generosity of local businesses and entrepreneurs, it is now arguably the most successful centre of its kind in the city.
In 2011, ten years after opening its doors CAFAG’s Whitfield Valley Centre was awarded The Sentinel/Britannia ‘our Heroes’ Community Group of the Year. The centre situated in Fegg Hayes Road, Fegg Hayes offers a nursery which provides free places to children aged two and over for up to 15 hours per week, a well equipped gymnasium with fully qualified staff, a community café; staffed entirely by volunteers, and a range of rooms available for hire. We offer a children’s crèche four mornings a week and a range of courses and activities for all ages including a Kids Club, an over 55's club and a gardening club.
Our latest project involves opening a youth club. Unity the union awarded us with funds to provide equipment for the club and Hylands kindly provided the TVs and stereo system at trade price allowing us to get best value from the funding. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to both organisations.
Hylands installed the new system Oct 2014