Media Release – Chronicle

 Unearthing the story of volunteering over a centry

VCS Cymru has been awarded £66,200.00 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting two year project, ‘Chronicle: History of Volunteering in Cardiff’. The project will research, collate, digitise, and make publicly available the story of charities and volunteering in the Southern Arc of Cardiff from 1914 to 2014.

Using the First World War as a starting point, the project will explore historical records related to volunteering in Cardiff archives, museums and libraries, including the records kept by Cardiff voluntary organisations, and collect the oral stories of past volunteering from local residents. Creating an online archive in partnership with People’s Collection Wales, the project will seek to digitally preserve the records of the voluntary sector in Cardiff. It will deliver a series of workshops, community radio programmes and podcasts, walking trails, and an exhibition.

It will create learning and volunteering opportunities in archive research, museum exhibition, digitisation, oral history, and media production, and enable local residents to explore historical and cultural heritage of Cardiff’s diverse inner city community.

The areas of the Cardiff Southern Arc have changed over time and are still changing today so this project aims to ensure that the memories of current and former local residents are captured for future generations. The project will celebrate the importance of volunteering, and motivate people to participate in future voluntary projects.

In her supporting statement, Julie Morgan, AM, said:

‘I believe that this is a unique project and thoroughly deserves to be awarded funding. It is vital that the history of volunteering in Cardiff is researched and made public. The project will also encourage people to volunteer and aims to reach out to different communities and to groups who may not traditionally have volunteered.’

Explaining the importance of the grant, the Head of HLF in Wales, Richard Bellamy, said

‘Without support from the National Lottery it would be very difficult for projects such as these to see the light of day, meaning that thousands of Welsh volunteers’ voices would be lost. This project will uncover many important stories, reflecting on key periods in Welsh life and periods of great change in our culture but will also demonstrate the important contributions volunteers have made in their local communities over the century.’

More more information please contact:
Klavdija Erzen – Project Co-ordinator
Phone +44 (0)29 2132 2627

Notes to editors
Established in 1964, VCS Cymru finds ways of helping disadvantaged groups through supported volunteering, community media and heritage opportunities. The organisation was the first voluntary services charity to be set up outside London.

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