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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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Ace Partnership with Ropes & Gray

We are really pleased and encouraged to announce the kick off this week of a new and very exciting partnership with the London offices of the fantastic and highly socially conscious city law firm, Ropes & Gray!

LONDON 28 August 2014 — International law firm Ropes & Gray LLP’s London office has launched a new pro bono initiative with charity partner.


Ace of Clubs is a small local charity based in South West London with a primary goal of empowering and supporting the homeless and vulnerable in the surrounding area. The centre in Clapham offers the most-needy in the area food and friendship, clothing, welfare advice, health care and job search advice and other support services.

Ropes & Gray prides itself in its commitment to pro bono globally. The firm encourages its staff to do a minimum of 20 hours pro bono work during the year; 2013 saw the firm accrue over 115,000 logged hours on matters ranging from transactional work for not-for-profit organisations to cases for individuals referred by either legal service providers, the court system or the firm’s staff.
The London pro bono team will be led by Matt Cox, finance partner, who will be assisted by Fiona Dodds, head of marketing and communications in London and general counsel Marcus Thompson.

Matt Cox commented on the launch:
“We are excited to be launching a coordinated pro bono program in London. We have already been participating in a wide range of pro bono activities in the UK, including working closely with the Nature Conservancy, the International Rescue Commission and LawWorks. We chose to partner with a small charity that would allow all our staff the opportunity to get involved and not just on legal projects. Ace of Clubs presents opportunities to work in their shop, offer interview and CV advice, cooking, gardening, education and training amongst many other things. We look forward to working with them over the coming years.”

David Logan, Director of Ace of Clubs, added:
“Partnering with Ropes & Gray presents a fantastic opportunity for us and the individuals that we are trying to help. We pride ourselves on being a family-like community providing transformative support for those who are homeless, vulnerable and marginalised in our area. We provide not only for the immediate needs of those who find themselves in desperate circumstances i.e. food, warmth, shelter and showers; but also provide training and education, help to find employment and healthcare.”

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Harvest – Help us help the vulnerable!

Hi to all you wonderful Ace Supporters! As we gear up for a busy winter, here is this year’s harvest letter and harvest wish list which outlines the need we are seeing and what we need you to help us with in order for us to help these needy and marginalised people – so simple things like socks, hats, food, coats, sleeping bags etc. Have a read and THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support! The Ace Team

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Archbishop of Canterbury on Ace of Clubs

You can watch the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby’s New Year’s Day Message from Ace of Clubs on New Year’s Day at 12:45pm on BBC1 and 5:20pm on BBC2.

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Ace Christmas Newsletter


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