We want FAN Groups in villages and towns of every country so that any local person or newcomer to the area can find a FAN Group and be sure of meeting a friendly face...

While no face to face FAN Groups are able to meet, our Virtual FAN Groups meet every day and offer anyone friendly a warm welcome.

In our groups everyone is invited to introduce themselves, talk a little about their week and speak on a topic. The topic changes each meeting and our conversations are generally uplifting, often funny and always thoughtful. FAN Groups are open to men and women (unless otherwise stated). There is no need to feel lonely or isolated, take a look at our Virtual FAN Group page to find the joining details.

Before the lockdown FAN met in local community venues in Cardiff, Swansea, Barry, Newport, Bridgend, Llanelli, Usk, Llanelli, St Neots and Huntingdon and some of our Virtual groups are linked to a particular area, but now wherever you live you can join any Virtual group. If you are looking for a place to practise your new English skills come to a FAN Group. Not everyone wants to be connected by Zoom and our FAN staff and facilitators are supporting our groups by phone, text and email. Do get in touch via our contact us or Facebook page.

Many virtual FAN Groups have been set up using Messenger and Zoom - see the list of Virtual FAN Groups on our find a FAN Group page. So wherever you live, if you would like to join a FAN Group now you can. Joining instructions listed by each group or get in touch via our contact us page.

About us

The FAN Charity encourages individuals and organisations to know about the FAN Groups where people meet in a spirit of friendship. They are a wonderful resource for communities. Anyone who enjoys meeting others or who is lonely can find the nearest group and be sure of meeting a friendly face.

FAN stands for Friends and Neighbours. Who is my friend? Who is my neighbour? Come to a FAN Group and you'll meet friends and neighbours and feel more hopeful for the world. It's a great opportunity for local people to meet newcomers. Very few people know all their neighbours these days!

Canton Library FAN
Canton Library FAN

We chose a FAN logo with a map of the world because we dream of FAN Groups across the world – a great international family linking hands in friendship.

Many FAN attendees visit other FAN Groups too, enjoying a trip to a neighbouring area, meeting new people and linking the FAN family together.

FAN Groups run the same way on the same principles. In the meeting (an hour usually) we sit in a circle, with tea or coffee and read the opening statement. We speak only when it’s our turn. We listen to each speaker in silence and chat after the meetings. If you’re learning English many FAN Groups can find English speakers willing to help. There’s no charge for coming! Some Groups have a voluntary contribution. Most meetings do not have facilities for children.

Come to a FAN Group and share an hour with others – local resident or visitor – we’d love to meet you. It is amazing what interesting people you meet!

  Donate to FAN

You can now show your support for The FAN Charity by donating to us via the Charities Aid Foundation.

  Great news!

Big Lottery Support!

The Big Lottery has awarded £59k to the FAN Charity to increase the geographic reach of FAN.

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  MBE Award!

MBE accepted

MBE accepted on behalf of everyone who supports FAN Groups.

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  Recognition Award!

Welsh Assembly Government Recognition Award 2010

Award accepted on behalf of The FAN Charity and for all those who attend FAN Meetings.

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