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Photograph of young volunteers at work, preparing the site for the Adventure Playground at Ely Hospital School with Charles Coombes, Community Service Volunteers (CSV), on extreme left.

The Adventure Playground at Ely Hospital School was initiated by Voluntary Community Service, VCS, Cardiff and carried out by mostly Toc H volunteers in July and August 1966. The project involved local and international volunteers.

Voluntary Community Service (VCS) was established in Cardiff in October 1964 with main aim, as stated in its constitution, to promote any charitable purposes, advancement of education, and relief of poverty, distress, and sickness in the City of Cardiff. Originally VCS co-ordinated a team of volunteers involved in activities such as helping elderly people with gardening and decorating, running summer ‘work camps’ for children and young people. Its mission today is to enable people who are most disadvantaged to engage with rewarding volunteering opportunities, facilitating their personal development and employment prospects.

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