Throughout the pandemic, ACE’s incredible volunteers have continued to work tirelessly to support their local community. We couldn’t have done what we did, without them.
Whether it has been through cooking and delivering meals and prescriptions to the local community, serving in the Pantry or befriending local people who have been lonely or isolated via our telephone befriending project, volunteers have stepped up to support.
Now that rules are relaxing a little we have so much more going on and it’s fantastic to see volunteers returning and new volunteers joining projects.
During Volunteers Week 2021 and in conjunction with Grow Cardiff, we ran the Dusty Spring Festival to thank them for all they have done and continue to do for ACE.
On June 4th we held the Dusty Spring Festival in the Dusty Garden and surrounding area. The sun shone, the gazebos went up and the sun cream came out!
All volunteers were invited to join us for lunch (individually packed) to re-engage with other ACE volunteers and staff to enjoy some time together.
We arranged for some activities that could be pre-booked as an added thank you. These included making hanging baskets with Grow Cardiff, and creating art work and wood carving in the Dusty.
The event was well attended and it was a great day.
Now that rules have been relaxed a little, projects are returning and we are taking on new volunteers where we can, given social distancing regulations.
The Dusty shop, CAER heritage project, Curiosity and youth projects and the Diana Gardens project are back and groups are starting to book out ACE to run their community led groups too, such as crochet and Retreat.
Other groups such as the Arts class, Repair Café and Grow Cardiff are also back and the Dusty Shed has plans to return.
It is so good to have life back in the Dusty building and in the garden, and to hear the community buzzing with what it is doing and the difference it is continuing to make to local people.