Cheylesmore Community Association was formed in 1948 to run (the only surviving Coventry War Hostel) Cheylesmore Community Centre. It became a charity in 1965. The organisation was re-formed as a charitable company in 2010. In 2012 signed a 50 year lease from Coventry City Council. Previously used as an administration and Hostel during World War 2, later Cheylesmore School, and a Church and Sunday school before local schools and Quinton Baptist Church.
After undergoing a big transformation, Cheylesmore Community Centre is now a popular space for recreation, social & education. Our community is also the home of Cheylesmore Community Library and is Coventry’s first entirely community-led and volunteer-run library. Also situated in the building is our exciting new Coffee Shop C3! With all profits going towards enhancing the centre and community projects, you know that when you buy a coffee here that you are investing in your local community.
Cheylesmore Community Centre also offers a unique opportunity for artists, event planners and local businesses to create memorable events. Offering over 10 versatile spaces alongside free wifi, parking and much more. At Cheylesmore Community Centre you’ll be guaranteed attentive service from our dedicated team.
Cheylesmore Community Association manages the Cheylesmore Community Centre, whose purpose is to:
- Be a venue for local residents’ activities ~ not running activities in the Centre ourselves as an Association, but providing the facilities in which other community groups can operate.
- Facilitate local groups to meet community needs ~ helping with community capacity building so that groups can better meet local needs, especially where gaps in provision are identified. This has begun to happen from 2017 with the Community Library and Youth Club in 2019. Soon a community cafe will open.
- Support volunteering ~ mobilising individual residents to engage with activities going on, both running the centre itself and supporting those activities taking place.