ACE provides a number of services supporting our local community in health, training, money issues, access to food, and supporting families, based at the Dusty Forge and at other community locations.
ACE builds stronger communities by working with local people to:
- improve health & wellbeing
- support people in crisis
- help vulnerable community members take action to overcome challenges
Advice and Support
ACE Community Support provides information and support sessions to help with money and benefits issues. ACE staff and volunteers can provide immediate practical help for those in difficulty, and we also work to find long term solutions to underlying problems. We provide help with:
- managing energy and food costs
- problems with benefits
- grants for essential household items
- accessing other advice services (e.g. debt advice)
All advice and support is free, confidential and impartial. No appointment needed for weekly drop in service.
Your Local Pantry -
Your Local Pantry is a network of community food stores run by volunteers for the benefit of their local communities. It is a membership scheme aimed at helping make your money go further by reducing food shopping bills (members can save over £600 each year).
We have set up a new Your Local Pantry Community Shop at the Dusty Forge centre https://www.yourlocalpantry.co.uk/dustyforge/
We are the first Your Local Pantry in Wales, providing high quality affordable food to a growing membership of local people. We have a great team of enthusiastic volunteers who have got stuck in to managing the food deliveries and helping the first members use the Pantry.
If you would like to join our membership and find out more about the Pantry, visit us at the Dusty Forge centre or contact Stacie or Sam at 02920003132.
The Working Well project is supported by the National Lottery Helping Working Families Programme. Through this project we are working with local families to:
- understand more about the challenges of juggling work and family life,
- provide an opportunity to earn Time Credits
- work with local people to make positive changes for our community
If you want to get involved, or know someone who might, then please contact Sam Froud-Powell on 02920003132.
'Yourspace' - Wellbeing Support
Access to Wellbeing Support
Yourspace is a wellbeing service open to anyone registered with a GP in South West Cardiff (Ely, Caerau, Canton and Riverside). Our Wellbeing Connectors can work with you to help you decide on things you would like to do to improve your wellbeing and help you to access local groups and services, meet other people and join in with local volunteering projects (focussed around Canton, Riverside, Ely and Caerau).
We also have a community development service which works with local people to develop new ways to help you stay well, by talking about what’s missing and working with the community to develop new services and activities. The service is currently developing regular walking groups, a cycling club and a regular coffee morning in the Dusty Forge garden.
To self-refer or to find out more, call the Dusty Forge on 02920 003132 and ask for the Yourspace team.
Yourspace is part of the South West Cardiff Primary Care Cluster’s Transformation Project, which involves health, wellbeing and support services in South West Cardiff working together in new ways to improve health and wellbeing.