“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


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

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Arts Factory No More Throw Away People Video

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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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