Yesterdays BBC Article on the increase we have seen in the number of people we have sleeping on our streets, please read and support our work to help change the course of the lives of those whom we are here to serve and provide opportunity and restoration for.
Why not use your lunch time to have a little peak at this video to Save Clapham Pottery, a fantastic Ace partner project. http://www.saveclaphampottery.co.uk/
Clapham Pottery are one of our closest local partners. We want to help them in the campaign to keep hold of their premises. We care for their work very much and wish to support the project to keep their great work within our local community going. Many of our vulnerable Ace of Clubs members attend pottery courses and find it inspiring, life-giving and something that brings them great hope with a sense of achievement. As one of our members Kevin said ‘it’s shown me that I’m capable of much more than I thought. It’s really therapeutic. You become focused and creative for those few hours forgetting the heaviness of the problems your facing and then suddenly you realise you have created something to be proud of’, with another member, Donna adding ‘Clapham pottery is absolutely wonderful. It helps you so much to learn such a tangible and creative skill and everyone is lovely which makes it a lot of fun’. Pottery has helped both of these people take significant strides forward in their lives due to how encouraging they have found it.
We had a magnificent fun day yesterday cycling from London to Brighton for Ace of Clubs, raising over £800 and still going! Thank you to you all for all your encouraging support, it kept us pedalling!
With our team made up of some members, volunteers, supporters and staff of Ace of Clubs we managed the trip this year in just six hours. We were happy to see the coast with our bodies (and bottoms) aching after some tough hills but having had a wonderful festive journey along the way with a couple of us who just had to cool down with a chilly dip in the ocean. The money raised will now go towards the costs of us opening our centre to feed 100 – 120 local homeless and vulnerable people per day over the coming winter… and so the generous and caring work of Ace of Clubs continues to change people and their prospects in the most difficult times those suffering at the hands of disadvantage and poverty in our area have faced for many years. Another Ace Team effort – ‘a fantastic, confidence building cycle ride’ is over – Watch this space for our next Ace Bike Club challenge!
Ace of Clubs gets a good word in The Independents Article on Hungry Britain: welfare cuts leave more than 500,000 people forced to use food banks
Click here for the full article http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hungry-britain-welfare-cuts-leave-more-than-500000-people-forced-to-use-food-banks-warns-oxfam-8636743.html?origin=internalSearch
Brian Ahern, Ace of Clubs Member & Retired postman, 57, from Stockwell
“I worked for my last company for two decades but had a nervous breakdown. I received a good pension of £95 a week, which meant I wasn’t entitled to any benefits. Unfortunately, I had a problem with alcohol and this swallowed up all my money for a period of time. I first went to the Brixton food bank in May 2012. I’d got myself into a bit of a mess and it was the last resort for me: I literally didn’t have a can of beans in the cupboard. I saw a sign in a shop window and was referred by Ace of Clubs, a soup kitchen and social centre in Clapham North. They do lunch for a quid – with dessert! I went three times, which was the most I was allowed with the vouchers I was given. They are very well stocked but I was surprised by how hard it was to have vouchers issued. They have helped me a few times and, now that I am over my crisis, I volunteer there. They are a great organisation and all the staff are very dedicated to what they do. People shouldn’t feel shame in using them when they need to, but unfortunately there is stigma attached.”