Frequently Asked Questions

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Below are a handful of Frequency Ask Question:

Is Arts Factory a registered charity?

No.  Arts Factory is a Company Limited by Guarantee.
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Who owns Arts Factory?

As a Company Limited by Guarantee, Arts Factory doesn’t have any shareholders.  Our assets are owned collectively by our members, who are represented by our Board of Directors. Any surplus income generated is reinvested in the Company.
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What does Arts Factory’s Board of Directors do?

Arts Factory’s Board of Directors are responsible for ensuring that the Company has a meaningful strategic plan and complies with all aspects of company law.
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Who can join Arts Factory?

Anyone who shares our values and wants to contribute to our work.  We believe in social justice and in sustainable development. For more detail see our mission and values statements.
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What does Arts Factory do?
Arts Factory exists to build a stronger, more inclusive community by creating opportunities for people who feel marginalised and excluded to develop skills, supportive social networks, self-confidence and self-esteem by contributing to team based projects that create opportunities for others to learn and develop, provide valued services that meet needs in the wider community, and develop social enterprises that will fund our work in the future.

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What does Arts Factory not do?

Anything else!  We are mission-focused.
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What is a “social enterprise”?

A business with a social purpose.  Arts Factory is a social enterprise.
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What is a “development trust”?

Arts Factory is part of a wider movement of development trusts. We are active members of Locality and of the Development Trusts Association Wales.“Development trusts use self-help, trading for social purpose, and ownership of buildings and land, to bring about long-term social, economic and environmental benefits in their community. They are community anchor organisations, delivering services and facilities, finding solutions to local problems, and helping other organisations and initiatives succeed. They create wealth in communities and keep it there.” (DTA Manifesto 2010)

There are now 450 development trusts in DTA membership.  Find out more at www.dtawales.org.uk. and www.locality.org.uk
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What does “community-based regeneration” mean?

An approach to economic regeneration that puts the development of strong, healthy communities at its heart.  We believe that successful businesses spring out of, and are attracted to, enterprising and inclusive communities.
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Is Arts Factory aligned to any particular religion or political party?

No. It never has been and never will be.
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Who funds Arts Factory?

Arts Factory’s income comes from three main sources:

• Income generated by our trading enterprises.

• Income generated through Service Level Agreements and contracts.

• Income in the form of grants from Charitable Trusts who support our work.

Arts Factory does not benefit from the Communities 1st programme, the Welsh Assembly Government’s flagship community investment programme.
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Is Arts Factory managed or funded by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council?

Arts Factory is an independent company.  We have contracts in place with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council that enable us to deliver specific services to people with disabilities, and to young people.
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Why do I have to pay for some of the courses and activities at Arts Factory?

For two reasons:

• We have very limited funds available to provide courses and activities for the community, so if we can recoup some of the costs from participants, we can provide more.

• Experience has shown us that some people don’t value free provision.  When they have paid for something they are more committed to making sure it is a success.
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How does Arts Factory decide what activities to offer the community?

Whatever we do has to contribute to Arts Factory’s mission – building a strong, enterprising and inclusive community. With that focus in mind we look at what is working well in communities elsewhere, and we talk to local people.  We prioritise and then we look at how we can make things happen – what we’ll need in terms of people, premises and money. When we have what we need, the activity can take place.
 
If you have ideas about community activities you think we could facilitate, and you’re prepared to help make them happen, please contact us.
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Can I apply for paid work at Arts Factory?

Yes. Permanent full or part-time vacancies are advertised on this website. Additionally, we often work in partnership with sessional tutors in a wide range of disciplines and with freelance artists. If you would like to explore these opportunities, please contact Lisa Wills, Arts Factory’s Head of Operations.
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How do I find out about doing a work placement at Arts Factory?

Please contact Lisa Wills, Arts Factory’s Head of Operations.
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Can I hire facilities for private use at Arts Factory?

From time to time we are able to hire out some of our facilities for private use, usually for special birthday celebrations, remembrance services, or for local clubs or societies functions.  Please direct your enquiries to Lisa Wills, Arts Factory’s Head of Operations.
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Are staff and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults police checked?

Yes.
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What should I do if I have a complaint about Arts Factory?

Initially you should make your complaint to one of our team at the time, and give them the opportunity to resolve the issue to your satisfaction. If for some reason you don’t feel able to do this, or you aren’t satisfied with the response you receive, please contact Elwyn James, Arts Factory’s Chief Executive, on 01443 757 954 or elwyn@artsfactory.co.uk.
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