ACE Cardiff was conceived and created as a charity by Gerry Puttock in the latter half of 2006, to bring together his experience of charity work gained in his time as a trustee with a Butetown, Cardiff charity, and his 35 years in the recruitment and career counselling business.
The charity guided and supported people into employment.
Near the end of 2009, Gerry was approached by parents in Butetown who wanted ACE to help their children with their school work. In February 2010 The Learning Club was opened with 8 children. Since then, over 400 children, aged 7 – 16 years, have registered with the club for help with Science, English and Mathematics.
Around the same time, ACE was approached with the idea of installing computers in care homes for the use of the residents, introducing them to the benefits derived from digital technology, particularly with communication (email and Skype); family tree research and games designed to stimulate the mind. The engAGE project now has initiatives working in multiple care homes in Cardiff, and having achieved excellent results we’re looking to expand the services we offer to older people.
In 2012 we were lucky enough to have world-famous singer Dame Shirley Bassey agree to become the Patron of ACE Cardiff.
The ACE ethos
At ACE Cardiff we acknowledge that everyone who comes to us has a unique set of skills, experiences, attributes – and potential.
Our job is to provide the Access to support and guidance that harnesses these positive elements, for their benefit.
In many cases the catalyst is Confidence building.
We believe strongly that people gain greater benefit from their own Experience.
ACE Cardiff helps people – children, people of working age and the older generation – to help themselves.
Watch My Needs
The Watch My Needs project, conceived and led by Dr Rosie Tope, seeks to create new opportunities for people with dementia to communicate with their family and carers using Makaton signs and symbols. The project is sponsored by ACE Cardiff. More details can be found at www.watchmyneeds.org.uk.