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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 -

  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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