“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
In late 2015 I started volunteering at the arts factory. At the start my motivation and self-confidence was very low due to being out of work for a long period of time. I was also fairly quiet but the other volunteers and members of staff were very friendly which helped me to relax and to become part of the team. My first jobs were to data entry, quality checking and listing books on to amazon website. As time went on my confidence grew and I took on more responsibilities such as becoming Team leader, assisting vulnerable adults and the disabled, sales, reception and administration duties, and warehouse work.
Since being here I have been giving a lot of training opportunities to help me achieve and excel within the Arts factory such as First aid, Food Hygiene, Manual Handling and disability inclusion which allows me to run my own fitness class with the volunteers who have learning difficulties.
Joining the arts factory has got to be one of the best decisions I have made because it has help me to get my self-confidence back, gain skills and experience ready for employment, become part of such a amazing team and I’ve made friends for life.