About ACE

ACTION IN CAERAU & ELY (ACE) is a community developed charity owned and run by the residents of Ely and Caerau in West Cardiff.



Our Vision

Our vision is of a happy and healthy community, one characterised by co-operation, equality and social justice.  We believe that everyone who lives in our community has something unique to contribute.  Our 700 members actively participate in turning the vision into a reality.  ACE is a registered charity.


ACE’s beliefs and approach

ACE beliefs and approach (Committed to Ely & Caerau, working with local people, everyone has something to contribute)  

We base our efforts on the following BELIEFS:

  • Local people know their community best
  • Everyone has something unique to contribute
  • Everyone’s contribution should be valued equally
  • Poverty should not be accepted as a fact of life
  • Social injustice should be challenged and changed


What we do

ACE was set up to develop and deliver a range of different projects and activities to regenerate and improve the communities of Ely and Caerau. Work now includes a wide range of activities, from delivering the Welsh Government Communities First programme in Cardiff West, to working with individuals to help support and encourage community shaped ideas.

Our activities include:

ACE continues to deliver a wide range of activities under the Welsh Government’s Communities First programme.  The organisation has also developed a number of projects with community members and partners funded from other sources.  These include the award winning CAER Heritage Project and Timeplace.

ACE has recently acquired a local historic building from Cardiff Council.  Our Place: Dusty Forge provides an exciting opportunity to develop new projects and activities with local people at their heart.  It is rapidly becoming a home for a diverse collection of community groups and individuals who are learning to co-operate and act together towards common goals.

ACE acts on a commitment to social justice as a member of Cardiff and Vale Citizens (part of the Citizens UK alliance).  Approximately 100 local organisations, including churches, universities, schools, mosques, unions and community groups, campaign together on a range of issues which impact on our communities.  ACE leads efforts to secure living wage employment in South Wales.

Find us on Facebook & Twitter

Facebook – Ely Caerau and Fairwater Pentrebane

Twitter – Ely Caerau

Become an ACE Member

Find out more about becoming an ACE member – click here, or fill out our membership form
ACE Membership Form


ACE background and history

ACE emerged from community development work carried out through the Welsh Government’s Communities First programme.  Staff and local people had worked together to create a thriving network of active individuals and community groups.  Together they were working hard to improve life in Ely and Caerau and were making significant progress.

The organisation was launched in 2011 to ensure this vital work would continue beyond the end of any government programme.  There was a desire to create a credible organisation, run by local people, that could lead regeneration initiatives and speak with authority to decision makers.

In February 2013 ACE took over the management of Communities First in Cardiff West.  Since then the board of directors have developed a 5 year strategic plan which details how the organisation intends to make real change and become sustainable before the end of the Communities First programme.  ACE has recently employed a part time Development Manager (Dave Horton) to work with the board and membership to ensure this plan becomes a reality.

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