“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


What we do
graphic design
Graphic Design
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Factory Books
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Room Rental
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“I have been a volunteer for the last seven and a half years on and off. Before I came here all I did was walk to Tonypandy Library or Ferndale Library to do job search and walk back to the flat I had in Penrhys. The only time I caught the bus was to go up my mother’s to help her out. I kept to myself and did not socialise. It was through going into the back to work scheme with Ty Catrin in Pontypridd I was introduced to Arts Factory on work experience placement. I was taught how to lists books on the Amazon website and to handle the sale orders and more. Arts Factory has helped me to regain my social skills and manage my money better. I have found myself something I love to do and the people here have saved me from myself. I hope now I will get a job as a receptionist or administrator in the near future.”

Samantha C
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