After several years of making our excuses about old toilets from circa 1982, ACE has completed a major refit and refurbishment of the much loved Dusty Forge. Forging an excellent partnership with contractors Willis Construction and benefiting from fantastic Welsh Government support the building has benefited from an extension of the ground floor which includes two new community rooms, a brand new toilet area and an accessible wet room, a new reception area including a dedicated community support room, workspace, an upgraded community living room and a reconfiguration of the main hall. ACE has worked with community members to shape this work, from design to delivery – we are very proud of what has been achieved. We now are beginning to re-open the building, supporting community members and groups to benefit from the space in a safe and ACE shaped way!
ACE Training and other projects start back at the Dusty.
ACE Training was quick off the mark, returning to delivering the QA Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment training and CSCS package in late July. As lockdown moved a step further towards easing down, learners and partners were keen to get back to training. Following Government guidelines a robust Return to Delivery Risk Assessment was written and social distancing, hand sanitizing and PPE measures were put in place creating a safe training environment. Although classroom sizes have been reduced by half it is great to be back training again, working alongside learners towards achieving their goals.
As of mid-September, Grow Cardiff have begun community gardening sessions, ACE arts are facilitating art workshops with small groups, community support appointments can be booked and the Pantry has re-opened. The Community Shop will reopen in October with a system of booking appointments.