Shout out for Reminiscence and Attic Volunteers

Are you looking for a unique volunteer role that allows you to work closely with older people, learn more about their stories and also allow them to make space and live safely in their own homes?

The Attic Project is currently looking for volunteers from Cardiff, Newport and the Vale to join its team of Reminiscence and Attic Volunteers. The roles entail;

  • Talking to people about their treasured possessions and helping them to decide whether to keep or donate items
  • Listening and learning more about peoples life stories and backgrounds
  • Opportunities to digitally record their stories, take photographs and reminisce about their memories

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to find out more please contact Catherine at Catherine.l-g@vcscymru.org.uk or alternatively on 07934531001 / 02921322627  

Pave the Way OCD group meet again

28th march saw the second meeting of our OCD group. It’s a social thing, a small group of people meeting to chat about whatever comes to mind, to eat cake and to have a cuppa.

 

We had planned to go for a wander around Bute Park but early rain a change of venue to somewhere with a roof and a cafe. We met at the Museum, arriving just as lots of people were leaving for the day. We just sat in the cafe catching up and chewing the fat – well, chewing a delicious piece of cake to be honest…..

 

Great to meet up again, thanks all. Looking forward to the next one, Cardiff’s our oyster, where will it take us?

 

Stay well, Jo

 

Whatever you need to talk about the Samaritans are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone free on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org, Cardiff and district info here: https://www.samaritans.org/branches/cardiff-district-samaritans

 

Cardiff Chronicle #8: the story of VCS volunteering

Alice Campion from VCS Cymru’s Chronicle Project meets Robert Davies – the Founder of VCS – and hears about what inspired him to set up the Charity in 1964 following a summer ‘Work Camp’ in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay. Robert is joined by Laurence Kahn (one of the first VCS Volunteers); Mary Newman MBE (long-term Trustee & current Chair of VCS); John Drysdale (Volunteer Co-ordinator in the 70s) & Martin Pollard (Chief Executive of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs) to reminisce about the early days of a Charity which has been now been opening doors to volunteering in Cardiff for over half a century.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 28th February 2017.
Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #7: the Story of Cardiff’s cinemas

Alice Campion from VCS Cymru’s Chronicle Project hears about the history of Cardiff’s cinema from four people with different perspectives:- John Robinson has been working in cinemas since he left school in the 70s (and his Father was Manager at the Capitol in the 30s) – he now runs a Facebook page ‘Welsh Cinema History in Photos’; Ceri Stennett ran several cinema’s in South Wales & the West in the 80s & 90s with his entertainer father (Stan); Elfed Salmon was a projectionist for much of his career; and Colin James worked ‘front of house’ in the Capitol during the 60s and is now a volunteer usher at the Chapter Arts Centre cinema
This is an edited version of a programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 21st February 2017
Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #6: The Story of Cardiff City FC

The story of how Cardiff City Football Club started and grew, and its crowing glory in winning the FA Cup 90 years ago in 1927 – the only time the cup has left England. Local historian Ceri Stennett is co-ordinating an exhibition of the historic win at the Cardiff Story Museum in the Spring, and he is joined by Dave Collins – Editor of Welsh Football magaizine and Richard Shepherd – official historian on Cardiff FC (and internet match commentator) on the 6th edition of Radio Cardiff’s local history programme, presented by Alice Campion from the VCS Chronicle project.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 14th February 2017
Produced by VCS Cymru

Cardiff Chronicle #5: Iconic Buildings of the Coal Boom

The impact of the ‘coal boom’ on Cardiff’s architecture is the topic for this weeks’ edition of Radio Cardiff’s local history programme presented by Alice Campion from the VCS Chronicle project. Ian Hill – Director of campaign group ‘Save The Coal Exchange’. Neil MC Sinclair – author, historian of Tiger Bay & raconteur; and Juliet Davies – Senior Lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture join Alice to tell the stories of some of the Cities most iconic buildings.

Listen back to an edited version of the programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 7th February 2016
Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #4: The History of Cardiff’s Hospitals

The story of Cardiff’s Hospitals is the topic for this weeks’ edition of Radio Cardiff’s local history programme presented by Alice Campion from the VCS Chronicle project. Gwawr Faulconbridge, Vice Chair of Whitchurch Hospital Historical Society tells Alice about Cardiff’s main psychiatric hospital; Rhian Phillips from Glamorgan Archives discusses the work to chart the history of Ely Hospital which accommodated people wit a learning disability; and two former Hospital Managers – Keith Moger and Keith Botcher reminisce about their careers including work in the Hamadryad Hospital, St Davids and the building of the University Hospital of Wales at the Heath in the early 1970s.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 31st January 2016
Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #3: The Story of Charles Street & digitising history

The fascinating story of community action in Charles Street, and VCS Chronicle’s work in digitizing photographs & documents are the 2 themes the second edition of Radio Cardiff’s new local history programme, Alice Campion from the VCS Cymru Chronicle team meets volunteers Mike Hawkins and Kayleigh Williams; and Antionette Lorraine talks about her days volunteering at R.I.B.(Rights Information Bureau) which operated from 58 Charles Street in the late 60’s and early 1970s.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 24th January 2016

Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #2: Entertainment


Entertainment is the theme for the second edition of our new local history programme, Radio Cardiff Chronicle. Alice Campion from the VCS Cymru Chronicle team meets Geoff Lake from amateur dramatics society The Cardiff Players Theatre which this year celebrates its 90th year; and meets two local writers – Nicky Delgado and Viv Wellington – to talk about the pubs, clubs and nightlife of Tiger Bay.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast live on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 17th January 2016.
Produced by VCS Cymru.

Cardiff Chronicle #1: the First Word War

The First World War is the theme for the first edition of Radio Cardiff’s new local history programme,

Alice Campion from the VCS Cymru Chronicle team meets Grangetown resident Helen Joy who has researched her own family history during the period; Paul McDonald, musician and Cardiff-born academic talks about how the war affected ordinary people and tells Alice about his album, ‘1914’; and Rachel Silverson, Curator of the Firing Line Museum at Cardiff Castle talks about what they do to inform people about the experiences of Cardiffians who served in the trenches.

This is an edited version of a programme broadcast live on Radio Cardiff on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

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