“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life in what we give."

"Volunteering is at the very core of being a human, no one has made it through life without somebody else's help!"

"Volunteers aren't paid,
not because they are worthless,
but because they are priceless!"

"I see volunteering as not working for experience. You can't put a price on that. Something everyone should try."


Welcome to Arts Factory

Humbly situated at the heart of disadvantaged communities, in Ferndale at the top of the Rhondda Valleys, is our independent development trust. Through a range of community building initiatives and projects, the trust creates life-changing opportunities for extraordinary individuals who feel written-off by society.

It is a deep-rooted organisation that we, and our many volunteers, have worked hard to build. Many of the people we work with have nowhere else to turn and are likely to need our support throughout their lifetime; so we will continue to strive and thrive to be here for all individuals to depend on, for as long as they need it.

The driving force behind it all, is our deeply founded belief that nobody should ever feel written off – ever – because we believe:


Our 2017 impact report below shows some of the great work we have done over the year! just click the button to view it


Our 2018 impact report below shows some of the great work we have one over the year! just click the button to view it



Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund is pleased to announce the award of a £145,980 grant to Ferndale-based social enterprise, the Arts Factory.  Over the next four years, the organisation will be able to take its enterprise activities to the next level – helping it to grow, become sustainable and much less reliant on fund raising.

The Arts Factory has been at the heart of the community for the past 30 years – working to improve peoples’ lives by providing a wide range of essential services and activities.  Increasingly, these are supported by its social businesses – the organisation has led the way in showing that income generation can really work for the voluntary sector.

The Community Fund grant will support the further development of Arts Factory Design, refurbish areas of the groups’ iconic Trerhondda chapel base providing more space for hire, and an upgrade of the IT equipment used by the whole organisation.

Why was this application supported?

  • It was well thought through and evidenced, with a convincing business plan and clear cashflow forecasts
  • Two jobs will be created – with the potential for further posts in time
  • Income generated by the strengthened social enterprises will support delivery of essential services and opportunities to the Ferndale community
  • It ensures that an important high street building in the centre of Ferndale is refurbished for community use, and plays an important part in the thriving townscape

Lisa Wills, Head of Operations at the Arts Factory is delighted – “this Pen y Cymoedd Community Fund grant is a fantastic head start towards generating sustainable income, which in turn will feed into the Arts Factory charity to engage, train and support marginalised people in the Valleys community”.

Below is our podcast on Rhondda Radio on Friday 25th January

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Starting in the Arts Factory, I found it difficult because I held no confidence, and I suffered with social anxiety where meeting new people, and going to new places. I started off with doing one day a week, where I learned the ropes in checking books. As time went on I learned how to do other things where the books were concerned and I gained more confidence, in my first year and it helped me a lot in other aspects of my life. I became a team leader and helped other volunteers with their work and supported them. I did eventually become the main team leader of the Fun Factory Playgroup, which I adore running. I did have a little bit of a bad patch, where things became very stressful for me, but I was supported well by the people here and they helped me through it, working here has been very good for me, and has helped with my mental health, and while there are days I do still struggle I know that I have the support here and I have grown so much from where I started to today.

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