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!
The FAN Charity encourages individuals and organisations to find out about independent FAN Groups where people meet in a spirit of friendship. They are a wonderful resource for communities. Anyone who enjoys meeting others or who may be a little lonely can find the nearest group and be sure of meeting a friendly face.
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.
Every FAN Group runs the same way on the same principles. In the meeting (an hour usually) we sit in a circle, often 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 it’s a great way to practise your new skills and many FAN Groups can find English speakers willing to help. There’s no charge for coming but some Groups have a voluntary contribution. Most meetings do not have facilities for children – check the find a FAN meeting page for full details of each group.
Many FAN attendees visit other FAN Groups too, enjoying a trip to a neighbouring area, meeting new people and linking the FAN family together.
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!
Founder of FAN Charity Gill Saunders was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2014.
Gill accepted on behalf of everyone who supports FAN Groups. She says each person gives an hour to others when they come to FAN and the MBE is for you all.
Award accepted on behalf of The FAN Charity and for all those who attend FAN Meetings.