Getting Crafty with Bridgend Craft Collective

Five crafting hubs are to be set up across Bridgend County Borough as part of a new initiative aiming to generate jobs and opportunities where people can socialise, share their skills and improve their abilities.

Launched last month in Aberkenfig by Bridgend Council’s Reach Team, local politicians were invited to learn how the crafting hubs are set to benefit rural communities. First Minister Carwyn Jones, Ogmore representatives Huw Irranca-Davies AM and Chris Elmore MP, along with Council Leader Councillor Huw David and others heard about how the hubs will bring people together to develop their crafty talents, meet new friends and receive training in business practices, digital marketing and other skills.

Funded by the European Agricultural Fund and the Welsh Government, the hubs will be based in Aberkenfig, Pontycymmer, Ogmore Vale, Newton and North Cornelly and will be open to seasoned crafters as well as new beginners. For full details visit

Ogmore AM Huw Irranca-Davies who is also the Welsh Government Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care is encouraging people to visit the crafting hubs and said: “Crafting hubs are a great opportunity to bring people together, from experienced crafters to new beginners, both young and old, helping to reduce social isolation through craft. These activities can also positively impact on mental health and well-being. The Autumn craft fair being held in the Visitor Centre at Bryngarw Park on Saturday 3rd November is a good opportunity for people to find out more about crafting where demonstrations will be held throughout the day.”