“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:
…ALL PEOPLE ARE ASSETS !!!
Volunteering provides people with a new direction in life by opening up new opportunities to try different things
Arts Factory is a 'not for profit' organisation that requires expertise to push the company forward and help it grow
We provide a wide range of activities & services promoting good health and well-being for all ages
I started volunteering at the Arts Factory in early 2016, working on the book project. I began with checking and listing books for sale on Amazon. As time progressed, I moved onto sales, as well as minor reception work. I have been trained to do admin work, data entry, selling products online using Amazon, warehouse work, financial spreadsheets, building management and mentoring vulnerable adults.
When I started, I was very shy and socially awkward. Being here I have come to meet a lot of people, which has help to build my confidence around new people.
I was able to complete a couple of courses, including: First aid, Manual Handling and Food Hygiene.
I feel that I have grown as a person since joining Arts Factory, I have more confidence in myself, I have learned new skills as well as gained valuable experience.