About Us

Our Purpose and Values

Providing opportunity for people and communities to experience, enjoy and be inspired together, by culture.

Cultural Trust

Awen Cultural Trust is a registered charity. Our purpose is to ‘make people’s lives better’.
We do this ‘by providing opportunity for people and communities to experience, enjoy and be inspired together, by culture’.

Awen currently works across three local authority areas in South Wales – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

We operate a range of cultural facilities and activities, which include theatres, libraries, community centres, a country house and park and two work-based projects for adults with learning disabilities. Awen attracts over one million visits to its venues and services each year.



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


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


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


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

Awen’s strategic aims are focussed around three thematic areas:



We want to be a force for good in tackling social isolation and improving wellbeing, using culture to connect people, sustain communities and reducing barriers to participation.



We want to foster a sense of place and support local economic recovery by investing in our facilities, promoting their heritage, encouraging visitors and where we can, buying locally.


Good Business

We will listen to our workforce and support their wellbeing; and we will maintain a focus on being a responsible, well governed and sustainable business.

Board of

Awen is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees who are responsible for leading the charity and ensuring it is fulfilling its remit.

The Trustees offer a range of skills, attributes, experience and community knowledge that collectively enable them to provide leadership and good governance.