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FASS Celebrates 30th anniversary

05 August 2016

Nearly 200 people enjoyed a family fun day in the Gorbals, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Family Addiction Support Services (FASS). The event brought together a wide range of community members, including families, local residents and the local nursery school, many of whom were unware of FASS and the work it does in the community.

On the day participants got to enjoy a number of activities including face painting, sports such as beat the goalie, and Easter egg hunts, as well as sampling food. In addition, a number of support organisations were in attendance to help raise awareness of the services they provide and to promote support networks available locally.

The event provided a space for people to relax, connect and get to know each other. On arrival many people either sat by themselves or with those they had arrived with. However, by the end of the day large groups were interacting with each other and forming new friendships by taking part in games and activities together. Alongside this, the event also helped improve the perception of addiction.

Those who attended clearly appreciated the day, stating:

“Fantastic day, kids had a fun time, more events like this should take place and FASS stall should be part of it to let people see the hard work that is done.”

“It was amazing, free for all kids that can’t go or get to go anywhere.”

FASS is a confidential support service for parents and adult family members affected or concerned about a loved one’s drug or alcohol abuse. They can offer support, counselling, advice and information to parents, spouses, partners and adult family members who are feeling the impact of their loved one’s alcohol or drug problem.

FASS are delighted with the community’s response to the event. It has not only supported the local community, it has helped raise awareness of services in the area and reduce social isolation. FASS hope to be able to organise similar events in the future.

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