“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



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”.

What we do
graphic design
Graphic Design
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Room Rental
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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.

Sean E
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