Making People's Lives Better

Improving wellbeing by providing opportunities for people and communities to experience, enjoy and be inspired together by culture.

About Us

Welcome To Awen

Awen Cultural Trust was established in 2015 as a charitable organisation with objectives to enhance cultural opportunities in Bridgend and the wider region.

Our purpose is to Make People’s Lives Better by providing space and opportunity for people to enjoy vibrant cultural experiences that inspire and enhance their sense of wellbeing.



Exploring fresh, creative ways to continually improve its operation, championing innovation and responding to the changing world.


Developing positive relationships internally and externally with colleagues, stakeholders and partners.


Empowering people to achieve their potential and make good things happen.


Striving to be fair in all its dealings, respecting one another and the community. 

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What We Do


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Awen Community Centres

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Our Impact

Our objectives focus on the impact and outcomes within five key areas:

  • Prevention, wellbeing and inclusion;
  • Equalities;
  • Better life chances, learning and
    promoting independence;
  • Ageing well;
  • Place and economy.

We are proud of our steadfast focus on improving experiences and outcomes for our beneficiaries, while continuing to develop robust governance arrangements.


Thank you for supporting our charity and our work to people’s lives better.

Your donation, however large or small, will make a big difference to your local community.

Working together, we can make an even greater social impact.

Diolch yn fawr.

Our Stories

Creative artists Naseem Syed and Plamedi Santima-Akiso have been awarded Our Voice Network bursaries, sponsored by Awen Cultural Trust. Our Voice Network exists to empower, develop, and platform artists of the Global Majority through professional development opportunities, showcasing events, and bursaries. The bursary programme, now in its second year, is led by artist Krystal…
Our partner organisation, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, has announced that the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Y Muni is now officially underway! Contractors have started work to revitalise the much-loved Pontypridd venue and reopen it next summer. The Grade II Listed Muni, in the centre of Pontypridd, was originally built in a…
It was great to welcome Waterstones Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho to Bridgend Library yesterday. The award-winning performance poet, playwright and children’s author is on an epic cross-country journey to join a library in every local authority in the UK – more than 200 libraries in total. Pob lwc Joseph!…

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