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FAN Celebration

Once Strangers, Now Friends, Temple of Peace and Health, Cardiff January 28th 2017

Two hundred people attended our Once Strangers, Now Friends event, for a joyous celebration of all things FAN. We enjoyed stimulating conversation, interesting and short speeches, good food and the pleasure of knowing that you are part of a strong, friendly and growing community.

Generously supported by the Big Lottery, FAN brought its supporters, its participants and representatives of the organisations that support it together in a joyous event in the splendid central Cardiff setting. These photographs give a flavour of our time together.

If you are new to FAN please go to our Find A FAN Meeting page and come along to a group very soon… we look forward to meeting you!

FAN friends together enjoying the day

FAN Founder Gill said, “the groups are intended to allow people to meet in friendship, whatever their background or religion. Our meetings open with a declaration that we come to listen and talk about our daily lives, and that we believe different countries make the world a more interesting and exciting place.”

FAN trustee Ian, an Englishman living in Cardiff regularly attends 2 weekly groups said many people are fearful of aspects of globalisation, and at a very local level FAN can do a lot to break down barriers and fears and to build a sense of community.

Great to have supportive friends share in our celebration including Communities First, the Mentor Ring and the Somali Integration Society

Many friends have been with FAN since the very beginning in 2003

Friends from Barry FAN

Naryman from Sudan told us “From the first day I started I loved the FAN group. It’s so useful – I’ve learned a lot. My family is not here so I didn’t have a lot of people to chat to, and the FAN group gives me a chance every week to show what our culture means.”

Sarah and Zahra friends together

Sally, Huda and family

Nuha from Saudi Arabia told us that she had been attending FAN groups for three years. “They are my family now.”

Our celebration gave friends from different FAN groups the chance to meet up

Richard, Lilian and Zahra

Sarah welcoming everyone to our Celebration

Friends from organisations supporting FAN enjoying the celebration

Julie, Kevin, Amy and Paul enjoying the celebration.

Judith, Michael and Debbie

FAN friends together

Chris, Jane and Tessa, fan making

Friends from Bridgend FAN

Deep in conversation!

Gamal and Family

Where do FAN friends come from? FAN countries…

Our beautiful FAN banner

Althea, Noah and Sarah

Our speakers Zahra, Ian, Naryman, Nuha, Carol, Sara and Gill shared what coming to FAN meant to them.

Once Strangers, Now Friends – the crowd listening to our speakers

  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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