Chronicle Blog – Alex

The Chronicle’s Volunteer Blog features blog posts and articles about what it’s like to work on the project and is written by our volunteers. This post is by Alex Nita and she talks the Peace Festival that Chronicle attended on 16 July. You can find Alex’s other blog entries here.

The Chronicle team was quite busy last weekend – attending both the Peace Festival at the Temple of Peace and the Volunteer Fair in Splott!

The Festival of Peace was strewn with exciting activities for adults and children alike – you could make your own badge with the help of Jane from Wales for Peace, sample exotic fruit at the Size Of Wales stand, make your own dream catcher, try your luck at the Temple of Peace treasure hunt, or just stop for a friendly chat with any of the representatives from the charities present.

We made quite a lot of new friends – we found out that City of Cardiff Rotaract organise quite a lot of different volunteering projects, in schools or on the city streets, such as ‘Know your Blood Pressure’ or face painting at the ’Welcome To Wales’ event. Bawso are entirely dedicated to stop violence against women, and Size of Wales are so successful at helping to protect rainforests, that they have now helped preserve an area about the size of Belgium! HOPE not hate came up to us with a lovely hand-made Poster size card for an Egyptian family who moved to Cardiff and are experiencing quite a lot of hostility from their neighbours.

After a musical moment provided by a musician aided by tiny excited children playing drums and a hearty meal of dhal, we admired the lovely handmade decorations made by the knitters of Zimele, who give their profits to communities in South Africa. We also visited the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Wales stand, where we found out about their project to make young people more politically responsible and their success in digitising the history of the club! So perhaps, after our research adventures in the Glamorgan Archives, we might ask our new friends to share their histories with us!

Our stand was getting busy as well – it was quite a fearsome battle between two young siblings to determine who the fastest one at making our clever puzzle is. In the end we agreed it was a tie, and gave everybody sweets! We encouraged visitors to share their stories, and to help our volunteering tree grow, and I think you will agree, we didn’t do a bad job:


All in all, it was an excellent time to meet lovely people interested in volunteering and charity work! It reminded all of us at Chronicle how important peace and tolerance are, and how our work to bring fragments of volunteering history to the digital medium highlights the diversity and multiculturalism that goes in making the third sector a successful part of British society.