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Awen Cultural Trust is working in partnership with fellow social enterprise Boss & Brew Academy to launch ‘From the Ground Up’, a series of free barista training courses at the Met in Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent. The first two courses, which are open to anyone aged 16 and over, will take place from 10am –…
TEDxNantymoel will take place from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 19th November at the Mem Community Centre in Nantymoel. The independently organised event, licensed by TED, will feature local speakers and TED Talks videos under the theme of ‘The Heart of the Community’. Launched in 2009, TEDx is programme of locally organised events that…
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis Join us as we celebrate International Day of Older Persons on 1st October with a week-long programme of events across Awen Cultural Trust. Keeping physically, emotionally and socially active is a great way to stay happy,…
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…
Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which runs the Met theatre and community events venue in Abertillery, is launching Awen Skills, a free programme of creative industry workplace training courses for adults and young people aged 16 years and older. The programme is being funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity…
Awen Cultural Trust, in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, are proud to support the development of a new play – Price of Change – which will be showcased at Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall this autumn. The play, which has been written by Vic Mills of Contemporancient Theatre, with poetry by Professor Kevin Mills and…
We are delighted to be offering a Pay What You Can option for these performances: Frogs in Bogs – Bryngarw Country Park – Tuesday 1st August Cinema Club – Mamma Mia – Grand Pavilion – Wednesday 2nd August Cinema Club – South Pacific – Grand Pavilion – Thursday 3rd August Cinema Club – Moana…
Awen has been recognised for its commitment to workplace wellbeing. We were one of 61 organisations to take part in Mind’s seventh annual Workplace Wellbeing Index, and have been recognised with a Gold Award. Chief Executive, Richard Hughes, said: “We are delighted that Mind has recognised Awen as an organisation which has embedded mental…
A huge welcome to Sid, our newest recruit. Sid is a trainee at Wood-B, one of our work-placed programmes for adults with learning disabilities, where he has gained the skills and confidence needed to secure a job at our café in Bryngarw Country Park. Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, said: “As…
Awen Cultural Trust will launch the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge and their summer programme of library activities with a fun-filled, family event at Newbridge Fields in Bridgend on Saturday 8th July from 12pm to 3pm. The event is supported by Bridgend County Borough Council, Valleys to Coast, Arts and Business Cymru and Halo Leisure….
You’re invited to view a display of the proposed redevelopment of the Grand Pavilion, before the formal planning process begins. Monday 3 July – Sunday 16 July Oriel Bar, Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl Monday – Friday: 9am – 4.30pm / Saturday: 9am – 5pm / Sunday: 10am – 5pm You can speak to an architect…