Vintage not Vanished Exhibition Launches

Splott charity joins anti-ageism campaign and shines a light on their older volunteers  

Splott Community Volunteers has signed up to the first national Action Day of Age Without Limits – a major new anti-ageism campaign from the Centre for Ageing Better.

The theme of this year’s Action Day is ‘See and Be Seen’ and will look to challenge the often narrow, negative and stereotypical way older people and ageing is portrayed.  In response to this, Splott Community Volunteers has created the Vintage not Vanished hanging portrait exhibition, shining a light on its older volunteers and the incredible work they do, highlighting their wide, varied and valuable contributions through a series of portraits and events.

From Tuesday the 19th of March to Friday the 22nd of March, Splott Community Volunteers will host the photography exhibition in their facility at the rear of the Old STAR Leisure Centre in Splott between the hours of 10am and 2pm.

As part of the Action Day, on Wednesday the 20th March, the charity is holding a special event and invites you to join them between 2pm and 4pm to view the ‘Vintage not Vanished’ exhibition and talk to their volunteers over some light refreshments.

Dr Carole Easton, Chief Executive at the Centre for Ageing Better, said: 

“It is fantastic that Splott Community Volunteers is participating in our first Age Without Limits campaign Action Day. Our campaign can only grow with the support of organisations and individuals who share our ambition to end ageism. 

“Our own research indicates that over half of people think older people are less visible in society. I hope as many organisations and individuals as possible from around the country can come together on our Action Day to signal their commitment to combat ageism. We must challenge the negative stereotypes in which older people and ageing is portrayed and instead shine a more realistic light on the myriad ways people experience older age in England and Wales.”

Ed Stubbs, Chair of the Splott Community Volunteers board of trustees said:

“This is an amazing opportunity to celebrate our older residents and the work of our volunteers. We are really proud to be hosting this event and hope that Splott is equally as proud of the fantastic contribution older volunteers have made to Splott Community Volunteers.”

Lynne Thomas, Splott Community Volunteers Project Manager, said:

“Our volunteers, of all ages, are incredible.  Their commitment, creativity and community spirit continue to dazzle and inspire.  It’s a joy to be able to celebrate them in an exciting portraiture exhibition which puts our older volunteers centre stage and shines a spotlight on their incredibly valuable contribution and character.

We hope you can make it to the open event on Wednesday the 20th of March to join us as we celebrate our amazing volunteers, view the portrait exhibition and hear their fascinating stories.  There’s rumour of a vintage themed buffet!”

Splott Community Volunteers provides vital services and resources from its base at the STAR Community Centre in Splott, Cardiff, for those in food and fuel poverty. The charity provides a hot meal and fresh food to take away at a weekly Breakfast Club, run winter warm clubs three times a week, offer energy efficiency and debt management advice through partner organisations, and host cookery and craft sessions, improving quality of life for beneficiaries and supporting the alleviation of poverty, together with generating long-term employment and confidence building opportunities for our volunteers.

Splott Community Volunteers was established eight years ago to help people from disadvantaged communities who are on low income or people who are homeless to access food, companionship and support.

You can reach them on or on 07707818093.