Monthly Archives: December 2012

An Ace New Year Story of Two Brothers!

These two local young brothers did something wonderfully giving with their Christmas. Compassionate young Otto had been moved by the plight of the homeless people he has been seeing on the streets. So Otto resolved to take action – to do something to help. His parents were taken by surprise when they woke up early one Christmas Holiday morning to find Otto up with his younger brother Tom, both of them ready to put on a yard sale to raise money to help homeless people! Otto and Tom managed to raise an incredible £200! They decided to put this money towards their local homeless charity, Ace of Clubs where they could see the money would be put to it’s most effective use. ‘This is such a lovely and inspiring story at this tough time of year for the homeless’ said centre manager, Sarah Miles. Ace of Clubs director, David Logan was bowled over by the action and compassion of the two young brothers saying ‘I think they’re superheros, it’s very encouraging and gives hope to all involved here at Ace of Clubs that local young people are switched on and have a conscience regarding what’s happening with the vulnerable in our community’

Brothers, Otto Cooper (11) & Tom Schwimmbeck (8) bring the funds they raised to Ace of Clubs and get a tour from Centre Manager, Sarah Miles















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Ace Help at Christmas from local Schools!

We just want to say a big Thank you to some local schools who have helped us this year by collecting and wrapping Christmas presents for the poor of our community!

On Christmas Day we will be giving these presents out to those who are homeless & vulnerable in our local community…. Those struggling with the loneliness Christmas can bring. Thank you to the 6th Formers of Emanuel School, Battersea (pictured below) and St Bonneface School, Clapham! You’ve made it all the more possible to put on a Merry Christmas for all who come here to Ace of Clubs!

Emanuel School 6th Former’s bring Christmas gifts for the homeless & vulnerable

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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,uk and

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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

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