The Chelsea Theatre

Giving young people the best start to the day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and young people in Chelsea found out exactly why at the Summer of Fun: August Breakfast Club. Every week in August 2021, groups of 5 to 16 year olds met at The Chelsea Theatre. Supported by parents and community volunteers, they sliced, diced and baked delicious and nutritious breakfasts, then gathered together to enjoy the food.

As well as teaching the young participants new cookery skills, the sessions emphasised the importance and benefits of eating healthy breakfasts for their physical and mental health. They received educational information sheets on the nutritional value of foods and 14 recipe cards so they could try out their new skills at home. After the group meals, there was also the chance to get involved in other activities as varied as photography and kayaking.

  • We awarded a grant of £13,920 to The Chelsea Theatre to run the August Breakfast Club.
  • 75 young people learned new cookery skills – as well as finding out about the benefits and importance of eating a healthy breakfast.
  • For over 40 years, The Chelsea Theatre has been a home for culture, community, and creativity.

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Learning new skills, making new friends

The Chelsea Theatre, built in 1977 as part of the World’s End Estate, is home for culture, community and creativity. Through our grant of £13,920 they were able to provide sessions for 75 young people. With the pandemic increasing isolation and segregation, projects such as these build cohesion and bring some much-needed fun.

According to Paul Adlam, CEO, the club received some great feedback – with participants saying it gave them new skills and friends, as well as quality time for parents to spend with their children. They appreciated that the club catered for halal, vegetarian and vegan diets, and some even thought it would be great if it ran five days a week (instead of three), or at the weekends. 

“My son cooked the meal he learned at the summer club at home this week. This is the first time he has ever cooked for his family.

World’s End Estate parent

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