Individuals who have engaged with our work
We are committed to supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing and cohesion of our communities, by forging long-lasting connections with people in order to reduce loneliness and vulnerability, reigniting creativity, building skills, enhancing self-esteem, improving life chances and engaging new audiences.
Library events aimed at improving social, digital and economic inclusion, wellbeing and community engagement
Key to our success is developing new ideas, being passionate about what we offer, and innovative collaborations and partnerships.
Welsh language library events to support learners and fluent speakers
Friendly, free and supportive groups
which provide regular opportunities for people to converse or practice – just one of the ways that Awen is helping to promote and protect culture, heritage and the Welsh language’.
Library items borrowed
Helping people to enhance their physical and mental health by preventing cognitive decline, increasing empathy, building their vocabulary, reducing stress, aiding sleep, alleviating depression, and enjoying escapism through the pleasure and experience of reading.
64,608 digital downloads
(eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines)
People who visited the
Ensuring everyone has equal access to the power and pleasure of reading, information and ideas, experiencing new ideas, getting lost in wonderful stories, meeting new people, while at the same time providing a sense of place.
Hours of PC access provided
Helping individuals to gain information important to their everyday lives, including education, work and social networks, as well as increasing employability through improved digital skills training and support.
Visits to Bryngarw Country Park
Evidence shows that enjoying the great outdoors and engaging in our natural environment has many social, physical and mental health benefits, contributing to a healthier Wales.
School children attending our environmental education programme at Bryngarw park
Studies show that outdoor learning has a widereaching positive impact on children and young people’s health and wellbeing, wider achievement, attainment levels and personal development.
Hours contributed by the Bryngarw Volunteer Group
Our volunteers, who live in the local community, help with Bryngarw Country Park’s habitat management work, apply for grant funding to support projects within the park, and actively promote the park to visitors.
Green Flag status for Bryngarw County Park
The sought-after Green Flag Award is the international mark of quality, recognising and rewarding well managed parks and recreational outdoor spaces. We also achieved Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the first time.
Trainees at Wood-B and B-Leaf
Our trainees are adults of all ages with learning disabilities, who are supported to achieve their full potential, and helped to lead confident, healthy and independent lives within a safe and nurturing work-based setting.
Hynt tickets issued
Hynt is national access scheme that works with theatres and arts centres in Wales to make sure there is a consistent offer available for visitors with an impairment or specific access requirement, and their carers.
Number of people who attended events at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl
Our venues are warm, welcoming and accessible community spaces where people of all ages and background can connect and enjoy shared social experiences.
Record number of tickets sold for the Grand Pavilion pantomime
Often a child’s first experience of live performance, pantomime is at the very heart of our community at Christmastime, with families coming together to make memories that last a lifetime.
Bridgend Youth Theatre
Our members gain a host of physical, emotional, social and wellbeing benefits as result of participating in workshops and productions, as well as developing a healthy appreciation of
culture and the arts.
Funding received, in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, for the redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall
The Grade II listed building is undergoing a multi-million pound repair, restoration and extension to provide a space to socialise, learn, improve skills and celebrate the significant heritage of the Llynfi Valley.
Increase in staff training hours
Awen has strategically invested in its employees’ continuous learning and development to build a strong work culture which is open to innovation, adaptable to change and focussed on achieving success.
Staff who feel Awen is an inclusive employer
Awen is dedicated to promoting equality for all and valuing diversity and our annual staff survey results evidence how this commitment is recognised by our workforce.
Creative Wellbeing beneficiaries
Awen’s creative wellbeing programme developed significantly during 2021-22 as we looked for new ways to engage with audiences affected by the pandemic.
Major redevelopments of cultural spaces got underway
Progress continued on the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall and Levelling Up Funding was secured for a major refurbishment of the Muni in Pontypridd.