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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 http://www.citizencard.com/

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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Ace Christmas Film Documentary

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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.

WE NEED YOUR HELP – PLEASE SUPPORT US THIS CHRISTMAS!

YOU CAN DONATE HERE http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1002238

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 Community Friends, Lend Us Your Ears

A Story Worth Telling…

With Homelessness & Poverty Action Week on the horizon – Listen to our director, David and one of our members, Pat talk about the life-changing community work of Ace of Clubs and how it has impacted their lives on the Heart to Heart programme on Premier Radio at 8am Sunday morning, 3rd February!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premier Christian Radio broadcasts on MW 1305, 1332, 1413 in London; and nationally on DAB, and on Freeview channel 725.

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School Council Visits Ace of Clubs

The School Council visited the Ace of Clubs in Clapham. They give food and clothes to homeless people in the area. They store food in a big room including our harvest festival collection. They wash clothes for £1.50, and they provide food for a small price as well. If they don’t have the money, they wait until the end to see if there are any leftovers and give it out for free. Homeless people are welcome to come in and have a chat, and also do arts and crafts. We delivered a Christmas tree and some decorations for them. Nicola showed us around and told us about the other volunteers who would be working for free on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to help people. We think it is an excellent community project to help and donate money and food to because they do such good work.

Written by Tess and Evan Class 10

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ACE CHRISTMAS JEWELLERY FAIR!

Friday 14th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December!

Come get your friends & loved one’s fabulously unique jewellery Christmas gifts!

Our Ace! shop at 53 St John’s Road is hosting a wonderful local Fair Trade Jeweller. A dynamic duo of worthy causes teaming up this Christmas – Come support us by putting your money towards gifts this Christmas that will make a positive impact on our community and the wider world! Everyone’s a winner!

*All products Fair Trade.

A Christmas patnership between www.aceofclubs.org,uk and www.justtrade.co.uk

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The Mayors Ace Visit!

This is the Mayor of Lambeths reflection on his visit this week to Ace of Clubs

Lambeth is trying to care for its own – November 2012

Posted by Mayor of Lambeth in Uncategorized on December 3, 2012

It’s not difficult to appreciate that, if it were not for those in our borough, who out of compassion and caring for the plight of others our situation would be on a level close to social disaster.  There are many groups in our borough who are extremely active within this type of provision with some practically offering a twenty four seven operation, but let me briefly acknowledge the inspirational work of just three likeminded groups in Lambeth.

There are several churches that contribute to the Robes Project whom I first met at Christ Church in Blackfriars Road, however it was soon clear that this Southwark based project, skilfully managed and guided by Olivia Newington is very closely linked to the work of St Mary’s Ace of Clubs centre for homeless and vulnerable people, operating in St Alphonsus Road Clapham.  And more recently the missionary work of the Rev Arlington Trotman at Springfield Methodist Church has now realised the opening of its custom-built luncheon club, providing meals three days a week for those who are unemployed, unskilled, disabled or shut-in by age or illness, or a combination of these conditions.

I asked Sarah Miles from Ace of Clubs what was the most difficult part of doing this work.  The answer was instant and painfully expressed in the helplessness of having to say “we can feed you, give you a change of clean clothes, make you comfortable and keep you warm but we don’t have any accommodation that we could offer you.”  The worry is that these are not all rough sleepers but previously people with a home, lifestyles and hopes for the future.  This social standing and stability has now been taken away by a cruelty of circumstances that flood their lives with difficulties and where economic crisis is real and streets the reality of their homelessness.

As I write and the temperature starts to fall the Robes Project are preparing to sleep out and Patrick who does all the washing at Ace of Clubs is filling yet another machine, drying out the next batch of woollens and Sarah checking the fruit and bread so generously donated by JS in Balham and M&S in Brixton.  These consistent acts of giving back, carried out for whatever reason, are surely a credit to our borough.  Deprived in parts we may be, (according to the statistics) but in caring we are in a league of our own because we are communities, who get on with a job that needs to be done and for this the volunteers are deserving of our heartfelt thanks.

Clive L A Bennett MSc (Econs) BSc (Hons)

Elected Member London Borough of Lambeth

http://mayoroflambeth.wordpress.com/author/mp48/

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A Huge Ace Harvest Thank You to All You Wonderful Ace of Clubs Supporters!

We would like to thank the following churches and schools who have all donated so generously to our harvest appeal!

Your generosity enables us to feed the hungry, provide clothing and warmth for the homeless and share a smile and a chat over a cup of tea with the lonely and isolated people of our community!

All Saints & Holy Trinity Parish Wandsworth

Belleville Primary School

Bertrum House School

Bonneville Primary School

Broomwood Methodist Church

Broomwood School

Chesterton School

Church of the Ascension Lavender Hill

Church of the Holy Spirit

Clapham Baptist Church

Clapham Manor Primary School

Clapham Methodist Church

Coombe Hill School

Corpus Christi School

Eaton House Schools

Ethelred Nursery School

Furzedown Primary School

Heathbrook Primary School

Holy Trinity Church

Hurley Pre School

Immanuel & St Andrew’s CE Primary School

Macaulay CE School

Marmalade Bear Nursery

Our Lady Queen of Heaven RC Primary School

Prospect House School

Richard Atkins Primary School

Springfield Methodist Church

St Andrew’s & Clapham United Reformed Church

St Anne’s Church, Wandsworth

St Anne’s CofE School, Wandsworth

St Anselm’s School

St Barnabas Church Clapham Common

St Barnabas Church Dulwich

St Barnabas Church Southfields

St Bede’s School, Clapham Park

St Bernadette’s School, Clapham Park

St Boniface School. Tooting

St Catherine of Siena Church Chessington

St Elphege’s Infants School, Wallington

St Faith’s School Wandsworth

St James Church, Clapham

St John the Baptist Church, Worcester Park

St John’s Methodist Church

St Luke’s Church Thurleigh Road

St Mary’s RC School, Clapham

St Mary’s RC School, Eltham

St Paul’s Church, Clapham

St Peter’s Church, Clapham

St Stephen’s RC School, Welling

Shaftesbury Park School

Southfields Community College

Stockwell Methodist Church

Streatham & Clapham High School

Streatham Wells Primary School

The Livity School

Thomas’s Prep School

Virgo Fidelis Prep School

Thank you, you are amazing and your support is vital to our work, The Ace Team!

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ACE AUTUMN CHARITY CONCERT ON SAT 10TH NOVEMBER!!

Hi Ace Friends, Come along and enjoy this wonderful night of music & dance, food & drink all in aid of the fantastic work of Ace of Clubs with local homeless and vulnerable people. Only £7 a ticket, two for £12 and concessions of £1 for those entitled!! It’s going to be Ace fun!

a wonderful night for the local community to celebrate our work over the year…

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Ace of Clubs get’s some support from the London music scene!

Some fantastic London-based bands, artists & poets are putting a fundraiser gig on this Saturday night, 20th October at The Enterprise NW3 2BL in Camden Town! Come along for a great night of music & poetry… all for a wonderful cause!

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