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Chronicle is a two-year volunteering-based community heritage project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 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. It will deliver a series of road shows to record oral stories of past volunteering, workshops, community radio programmes and podcasts, walking tours, an exhibition, and an online archive.


VCS Cymru, the Chronicle Project, and Cardiff

The Chronicle Project is an HLF funded project, overseen by VCS Cymru. Our mission is to promote a culture of volunteering in Cardiff enabling citizens to engage with rewarding opportunities, facilitating their personal development whilst contributing to society. VCS runs a Volunteer Centre to match potential volunteers with volunteering opportunities in Cardiff. VCS helps young people to access volunteering through the Millennium Volunteers scheme and the GwirVol project.

This project’s aim is to tell the story of voluntary action in those areas of Cardiff which initially inspired the founders of VCS.

The volunteering work done in Cardiff Southern Arc areas led directly to establishing VCS in October 1964: the work in a camp in summer 1964 at the Rainbow Children’s Club in Tiger Bay (now Cardiff Bay) stimulated Cardiff Youth Group’s interest in community work. In the following years and decades, VCS’s voluntary work continued to focus on the areas of Southern Arc by organising the international work camp in Splott in summer 1965, in association with the Council of Social Services for Wales, and a play scheme at Butetown Community Centre in 1969, building an adventure playground at Ely Special School in 1966 and in Grangetown in 1969, or organising a work camp for local and international volunteers at City Farm in Grangetown in 1984.


What we’re doing

Using the First World War as a starting point and spanning the years and decades up to 2014, the Chronicle 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, the project will seek to digitally preserve the records of voluntary sector in Cardiff. It will deliver a series of workshops, community radio programmes and podcasts, walking trails, and an exhibition.


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