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.
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. The catalyst is Confidence building. People benefit from their Experience with us.
All of Cardiff’s economically deprived Communities are Engaged.
ACE Cardiff helps children and young people to help themselves and adult volunteers to enrich their life experience.
Around 2009 ACE was approached by Ursula Cunliffe 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. For several years The engAGE project was involved with multiple care homes in Cardiff helping to introduce volunteers to the homes who could help the residents explore the technology. Eventually, the care homes themselves having recognised the benefits of having the technology available for the residents to interact with began to operate in-house programmes tailored to the specific residents in each home. Having achieved its aims the project was brought to a close around 2015.