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 we are in the middle of the Coronavirus outbreak, no FAN groups will meet. I know that we will miss the friendly, weekly meetings and may feel lonely or isolated, but do keep in touch through our contact us or Facebook page. If you are part of a group already your local facilitator will be making efforts to keep in contact. Many virtual FAN groups are being 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 friends and organisations to know 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 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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