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

Last week, former coal miner and very keen rambler Roy Meredith launched his book Stepping Through Time at the South Wales Miners Museum, nestled in the beautiful Afan Valley. Roy’s book is part of Awen’s ‘Voices From Underground’ project, supported by funding from Bridgend County Borough Council, which aims to give a personal angle…
Pencoed Library has been officially reopened in its 50th anniversary year. During its short closure period, the library has been completely transformed into a bright, welcoming space for the whole community to use and enjoy. Our regular customers won’t believe the difference! Thanks to funding from Welsh Government’s Transformation Capital Grant Programme, the furniture has…
Plans to refurbish the much-loved Muni in Pontypridd, using £5.3m secured from the first round of UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund, have reached another milestone in its delivery. Final developed design elements for the Grade II listed buildings have been completed by Purcell, in partnership with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and partner organisation Awen…

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