Dusty Forge Pantry opened in June 2019 with a limited number of memberships for users of the centre. We will be officially launching the project at the Dusty Forge centre on the 3rd of July 2019 as part of the ACE Open Day where we will be showcasing our community projects.
ACE (Action in Caerau & Ely) is a community development organisation that sits right at the heart of one of Wales' most disadvantaged but underestimated communities. Local people are active throughout the organisation as staff, trustees, members, volunteers and participants. We use our knowledge of our community and friendships to identify and nurture forgotten skills and assets, using these to build a better future for ourselves, our families and our neighbours. We run a community centre, help people in crisis, train people for employment, make art, eat together, research and celebrate our local heritage, and even grow our own food!
With support from Church Action on Poverty, the Food Cardiff Network, and the National Lottery community fund (Awards for All), we have set up a new Your Local Pantry Community Shop at the Dusty Forge centre. We are excited to be the first Your Local Pantry in Wales, providing high quality affordable food to a growing membership of local people. We have a great team of enthusiastic volunteers managing the food deliveries and helping the first members use the Pantry.
Setting up the Pantry has been quite a journey, as we needed to completely refurbish an underused arts workshop space. This involved building new internal walls for the Pantry and storage area, new lighting, floor and a lot of painting! This would not have been possible without lots of help from volunteers, ACE staff giving their time, and support from Dragon Training, who helped with building walls and plastering.
Membership to Dusty Forge Pantry costs £5 per week. Members need to be residents in Ely or Caerau in Cardiff.