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Ace of Club Job Vacancies

Join the Ace team!

Become part of a dynamic and innovative team at our Day Centre for Homeless and Vulnerable People, helping people from across South London to see their lives restored.

We have two vacancies here at the Ace of Clubs,  please see the links below where you can find more information about the roles and how to apply.

Please do share with anyone who you think would be interested. Thanks!


Director, Ace of Clubs

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Closing date 5th April

Become part of the leadership of a dynamic and innovative team at our Day Centre for Homeless and Vulnerable People, helping people from across South London to see their lives restored.

Tasks will include the overall leadership, management and strategy of the charity going forward, including management of staff, finances and fundraising and operations.

Ace Charity Shop Manager, for New Balham Shop

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On Charity Job:
Closing date 9th April

Become part of a dynamic and innovative team at our boutique Ace Charity Shops in Lambeth and Wandsworth, raising money towards our work supporting local homeless and vulnerable people.

Tasks will include Managing all Staff, Volunteers and Operations of our shop in Balham to achieve it’s weekly sales target / Sales / Serving Customers / Sorting, Steaming, Pricing, Displaying Donations / Cleaning / Visual Merchandising / Cashing Up & End-of-Day Paperwork / Banking / Organising Rotas

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21,000 Meals for 2016

In 2016 Ace of Clubs celebrates its 21st Birthday.  Amazing to think how many people will have walked through our doors during this time and how many lives will have been altered in some way as a result of this.

We want to use 2016 to celebrate all the amazing things that Ace of Clubs has achieved throughout the past 21 years.  There will always be people in need of food, comfort, shelter, love and assistance and thanks to your kindness and support we hope that Ace of Clubs will be able to continue to provide these for another 21 years.

Our target of 21,000 is also the number of meals we are currently serving in a year, so please help us to cover the cost of providing hot, healthy and nutritious meals at a nominal charge to those who need them most.



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Ace of Clubs Harvest 2015!

Hello Wonderful Ace of Clubs Supporters! 

It’s harvest time again already! Please help us to help those most vulnerable in our local community again this year by donating the following list below of much needed supplies for the homeless and marginalised people we serve each day. Please also consider donating cash and setting up direct debits to support our vital cause by following this link …Without your support we couldn’t do what we do, so we love you for sticking with us so that we can keep changing lives! Lots of thanks and love from The Ace Team!



 The following items are always in demand and therefore any donations are gratefully received.  ***Where possible please DO NOT donate pasta, tea bags or baked beans.  Thank you!

 Groceries:  We are supporting around 120 people and serving 80+ meals a day

 Tinned food – meat, fish, tomatoes, vegetables, soup, fruit, rice pudding, custard

Gravy granules, salt, cooking sauces, coconut milk

Oil, soy sauce, dried herbs, spices, curry powder

Rice (basmati)

Long life milk



Washing up liquid, disinfectant, j-cloths

Plastic cutlery

Washing powder – Atm we wash 20 loads a week

Toilet rolls

Deodorants, shaving foam, razors, shower gel, shampoos –

Atm there are at least 36 showers a week

Sainsbury’s vouchers (£5 plus) for buying fresh meat and dairy produce for the kitchen

All clothing and bedding can be second hand as long as it’s clean!  Clean clothing is given to those who have showers as well as those who are in need

Sleeping bags, blankets, rucksacks, bedding



Long johns/thermals




Waterproof jackets

T shirts / sweatshirts

Men’s trousers (particularly 30”-34” waist)

Shoes and trainers

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Ace Partners with CitizenCard

We are happy to announce that we have kicked off another fantastic new partnership of services; this time with Clapham-based business CitizenCard.

Happy Members of Ace, Happy Customers of CitizenCard

Happy Members of Ace, Happy Customers of CitizenCard

We just launched this new partnership between Ace of Clubs and CitizenCard to provide free ID Cards to people who use Ace of Clubs services. Starting yesterday on the 15th April, someone from CitizenCard will visit the Ace of Clubs every other Wednesday (12-2pm) to take applications for ID cards. This will continue on a schedule that will be posted in the Ace of Clubs centre. To check out Citizen Card’s great work here’s their website

David Logan, Ace of Club’s director welcomed the partnership highlighting that it is important for people to be able to prove who they are without carrying around important and expensive ID like passports.AOC/CCPartner2

James, who applied for a card said ‘I haven’t been able to afford a passport and have been really struggling to open a bank account and access education, benefits and healthcare with all the difficult changes that have been happening recently in my life. Having photographic ID is going to help me in a whole host of ways as I try to maintain my new-found stability in life’

The centre will offer assistance with filling out the application form and CitizenCard will help with taking photos. An application will take two weeks to process, and applicants will be able to pick their cards up from Ace of Clubs.

CitizenCard is the UK’s largest proof of age / ID card provider. As a not-for-profit organisation it works with schools and charities across the UK to provide discounted or free ID cards.

We are really excited about how empowering this partnership is going to be for the homeless and vulnerable members of Ace of Clubs who are in desperate need of such a service.

Here's to Happy Friends, Happy Members, Happy Customers!

Here’s to Happy Friends, Happy Members, Happy Customers!


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HNY ConSono Fundraiser for Ace!

Huge thanks to our amazing new volunteer, David Stahl from Germany and his music group ConSono for putting together an amazing evening of music to raise funds for our work! Here’s what David had to say about it…..

Every year the German music group, “ConSono” organizes two benefit concerts on the weekend before the first Sunday of Advent. ConSono is a self-assembled group consisting of nine musicians, composer Peter Machon and lyricist Christoph Stenzel.DSC_0019

I, David Stahl, play the saxophone. At the moment I am spending six months in Clapham in London, where I’m volunteering for the charity, Ace of Clubs. Ace´s work impresses me a lot and therefore I suggested to collect the money from our concerts for the homeless people of London this year.

“Music Embraces Words” – This is the motto of ConSono combining spiritual and meditative melodies with contemplative texts. The group always performs in sacred premises to produce this unique atmosphere in which the audience can give itself over in tone and word.Scheck

The focus of this year´s concerts was “Luck is…”. What is luck anyway? Where is the luck in my life? Is luck measurable? Can you learn your luck? Questions and thoughts like these were on the audience´s minds during the concerts. All of us, members of the group as well as the audience, enjoyed both concerts very much. We are glad to say that we collected 1025 Euros for Ace of Clubs. We were thrilled with this amazing amount!

David Stahl

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Ace Christmas Film Documentary


Well here we are on the first day of advent, so here’s a little film we made this year about our work here at Ace of Clubs.



OR CALL US ON 020 7720 2811 to help out in a variety of ways!

We’ll let our beautiful members, the homeless and vulnerable people we exist to serve do the talking.

Enjoy X

The Ace Team!

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Ace Partnership with DWP

As part of our holistic service to local homeless & vulnerable people to see their lives restored and transformed a vital part of our service is our partnership with the DWP

As well as helping people to get off the streets and into appropriate accommodation we seek to encourage and support people through providing accredited education and support onto benefits and then into employment. We partner very closely on a weekly basis with a local DWP Homeless Outreach Adviser called Suzanne. Suzanne is a vital part of our service and an indispensable catalyst in our ability to help people access benefits and then transition into a working life. Someone who has recently greatly benefitted from and seen his life turned around by this aspect of our support work is our member, Dave.

Whilst it can be controversial in the current environment it is vital for the wellbeing of our members that such partnerships exist and stories like this are given a chance to become a reality….

Dave had this to say as we spoke over a cup of tea this morning – ‘I had shut down completely in the run up to becoming homeless and then just utterly closed up when it happened. It was one of the best things that has ever happened to me that I walked into Ace of Clubs on my first day on the streets and met Suzanne. I feel like a whole new me that I forgot existed has sprung into life. I am excited again about my future….’ Here is a short little clip above where Dave tells us in his own words how things have gone….


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It’s A Knockout For Ace!

Our new Ace supporter from the Ropes & Gray team gives and takes a few uppercuts in a charity bout to raise money towards our work supporting homeless and vulnerable people!

This courageous young athlete in the blue is called Onyema. He took the unconventional route to raising an amazing £300 in support of our work with local homeless and vulnerable people by…. erm, knocking someone out! This was Onyema’s first ever match and he felt he wanted to do it for Ace of Clubs after hearing about our work back in August at his own work place. I visited Onyema’s offices where he works as a young lawyer at our supporting partner firm, Ropes & Gray. I spent the afternoon sharing with his team about the challenges and rewards we are experiencing day to day here at Ace of Clubs as we currently support 120 people per day. On a daily basis we are providing services such as healthy food, clothing, laundry, showers, education, employment support and so forth. Onyema was moved by what he heard and saw and was inspired to do something about it and boy did he do that!

Last week Onyema came along to Ace of Clubs and volunteered with us along with a few of his Ropes & Gray colleagues. It was a really fantastic and fun day of real genuine help from a group of people who genuinely are seeking to understand and engage with the hardships and hopes of our members. As our centre manger, Sarah and volunteer, Willem put it – ‘Onyema and the whole team brought such positivity and really brightened up the day’. After his day with us Onyema had this to say ‘It was a great pleasure to come down to the club today and spend time with everyone, it’s such good work Ace of Clubs are doing, hopefully we’ll be there again soon!’

We are very thankful to Onyema for dedicating his first competetive match to raising great awareness and funds which go directly towards helping those in our city much less fortunate than ourselves. We also wish to say a great big thank you to our partner Ropes & Gray for their on-going support and helpful insight into what we are trying to achieve – the transformation of vulnerable lives in our city!

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The Kids Are On It!

When I arrived at work last Monday morning there was a mysterious little letter slipped under my office door….

Much to my surprise and encouragement it was a really uplifting little message from a local family who had heard of our work. These amazing kids had heard about the plight of local homeless people and the work of Ace of Clubs in Clapham during their school assembly in the previous week. At that assembly our Centre Manager, Sarah Miles had addressed the school about this local issue and helped the kids to engage with what it feels like to experience homelessness and just how much help you need to get back on your feet. These young siblings were impacted by this and not satisfied to simply let it go they jumped into action and set up a cake sale on their front door step to raise some cash to support us in our support of local homeless people. It’s such an encouraging thing for us to see young people respond to need in their local community and to show that kind of compassion for those suffering and marginalised. So we wish to send a great big thank you to the family from Ace of Clubs for the encouragement and the support! And well done on making a difference to our day and some local people experiencing tough times. The Ace Team

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Ace Marathon Man

Huge THANK YOU to Garry Shrimpton, our Ace Marathon Man who raised £533.75 for us by running the Nottingham Marathon last week in a brilliant 3hrs and 51 minutes! Ace!

This is what Garry had to say… “I chose Ace of Clubs as the charity to run for after I saw what an amazing job they do at helping the homeless. I was lucky enough to get a tour of their organisation a few months ago and it left me feeling humble and wanting to do my bit to help. In the past I have raised money for larger charities, but now I focus on smaller community based ones, I personally think that they can get neglected and need the help just as much.”

You can join with Garry in supporting us by donation here


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