'Our ambitions, for our community,
through our own efforts.'

Croeso! Welcome!

Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE) is a community organisation and charity in West Cardiff. Our buildings and spaces provide a range of essential services and activities, fun days and drop-in sessions for local people:

ACE Community Support

The historic pub, The Dusty Forge, is a community hub, offering community shop, advice, cafe, training, and much more. 

Health & Wellbeing

Projects that support people’s health and wellbeing.

CAER Heritage

Discover history & archaeology of the local area, which includes an Iron Age Hillfort.


ACE Community Shop

Dusty Forge clothes bank and community shop.

We run a community shop and clothes bank and deliver a range of health, wellbeing and financial drop-in support events and programmes for all ages and all needs. We help local people improve their life chances by working closely with schools and youth organisations and we run a successful training and skills enterprise. We work with the community to organise and get involved with our programmes, including local arts and heritage programmes.

See how ACE has made a difference to our community and their lives.

See our Annual Report. We work on the basis that local communities know what help they need the most. See our Strategy and impact reports to find out how we work, what we do and our results.

Support our work by donating, fundraising, volunteering and partnering with us.


Did you know that you can now make a donation to ACE?  
Whether one off, or a monthly commitment, your support will help sustain and grow local action.
We will also be running one off appeals for donations.  We are currently raising money for a defibrillator for Our Place Dusty Forge.

Our Mission and Vision

To create vibrant, equal and resilient communities for all, where people find fulfilment in themselves, each other, and the place where they live.

What does our community say about ACE?

“ACE and The Dusty helped me out with food bank vouchers when I was left quite destitute for a fair few weeks. I’m enjoying the Dusty Sheds [Men in Sheds] project at the moment and I think I have abilities to offer in that work as I trained as an engineer with British Rail and I’m a fully qualified electrician and mechanic. I’m now giving something back.” Jack

“If I’m unsure about anything, money, bills, housing or the kids and school, I pop into The Dusty as they know the listen, don’t judge and that they can help me.” Emma

Find out what's happening at the Dusty Forge: Our Place


wed23oct9:00 am9:00 amCITB – CSCS Test – AM October 2019

wed23oct1:00 pm1:00 pmCITB – CSCS Test – PM October 2019

thu24oct9:00 am3:00 pmLevel 1 H&S in a Construction Environment and CSCS Package training – Oct 2019

thu24oct10:00 am1:00 pmACE Community Support Advice Drop-In (Dusty Forge)Debt, benefit and energy advice.

Find out what’s happening via our blog and calendar pages, for events, activities and training.

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