Pave the Way on Radio Cardiff 8th June 2017

Just a short time after joining Pave the Way, on the 8th June, our inspirational volunteer, Karen spoke live on our Art of Being Well show about her experience of living with bipolar.  Karen has an amazing story and her passion for all things wonderful is infectious. You can listen again here: www.mixcloud.com/BeingWell/the-art-of-being-well-8th-june-2017/

Karen on air with Jay and Jen – Cassie and Jo are in the studio listening in

Rhodri Morgan, a reflection

Our founder, Robert Davies has taken some time to reflect on the news of Rhodri Morgan’s passing.

Rhodri Morgan who was Vice-President of Voluntary Community Service from 1997 has died.

At a local, national and international level he was known and admired by many. Great people are praised by the great for their great work But many ordinary folk will also be aware of his closeness to their everyday concerns. Typical of this was his involvement with VCS and many similar organisations.

His first contact with our work was in 1966 shortly after VCS was founded. It was to plan the construction (by a UNA International workcamp) of an adventure playground at the former Ely Hospital School for Handicapped. Together we discussed the proposal with the Headteacher, Grace Edwards and her daughter Julie ( who he was to marry soon after). This happened to be the year when George Thomas, MP, became Pesident of VCS Cymru. Rhodri became Honorary Vice-President in 1997 at the death of George Thomas (with Robert Davies as Hon. President).

VCS Cymru now runs Radio Cardiff, which Rhodri officially opened in 2007. Subsequently he was a frequent guest for broadcast interviews until his retirement.

He attended the VCS Cymru 50th Anniversary although not “officially” and his wife Julie Morgan, AM, gave an address at the main celebration meeting.

Over the years of our organisation’s long history we are grateful for the significant and continuous support and influence of such a person.

Our thoughts are with those closest to him at this time.

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.

The Art of Being Well #4: Pave The Way and Poet Guy Fletcher

Jay Walker returns with the 4th edition of ‘The Art of Being Well’, and is joined by new regular co-host Kim Reeves.

From this week ‘AOBW’ has taken over the Thursday lunchtime slot on Radio Cardiff in a live format. In this edition Jo Harry from VCS talks about the supported volunteering scheme ‘Pave The Way’, poet Guy Fletcher discusses his work, and there is information about services which offer support to people experiencing mental health or substance dependency issues. Plus ‘Steady Jay’s Reggae Mix’, and great music to uplift the spirit.

The Art of Being Well is part-funded by Cardiff Council Neighbourhood Fund, and is produced for Radio Cardiff by VCS Cymru.

Listen live every Thursday 1.30-3.00pm on Radio Cardiff 98.7FM or catch the cloudcast on Mixcloud.

 

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.

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