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FAN in the summer!

on Tuesday, 11th July, 2017

A few fan groups will continue to meet during the summer,  so if you want to continue to catch up with old friends and neighbours and meet new ones, check the "Find a FAN Meeting" page on this website, where the summer plans for most groups are listed. You'll always be given a warm welcome, wh... (read more)

Goodbye Ikea…hello Pavillion!

on Tuesday, 20th June, 2017

Sometimes FAN groups come to the end of the road and after many years the Ikea Monday morning FAN group has closed. We hope the small band of loyal FAN members who attended the group will join the Grangetown Pavilion group that meets at 11am in Grange Gardens. Thankyou to Ikea for hosting us for ... (read more)

Ikea FAN joining with Pavilion neighbours on 19th June

on Tuesday, 13th June, 2017

Friends from two Cardiff FAN groups will meet together on Monday 19th June. Both groups will meet at the Grangetown Pavilion in Grange Gardens (off Corporation Road) CF11 7LJ. The kettle will be on.

Treforest FAN group Meeting Cancelled 26.4.17

on Wednesday, 26th April, 2017

Cathays Library FAN restarts 27th April 2017

on Tuesday, 25th April, 2017

Cathays Library - now in its new guise of Heritage Library will be opening its doors to FAN friends once again on Thursday 27th April at 2pm. This is a friendly FAN group for men and women and you will be most welcome. All information from the library 02920 785580 or from FAN 07880630553.

NEW FAN group in Edinburgh! STARTING 20th MAY

on Thursday, 13th April, 2017

Exciting news, a new FAN group will start on 20th May in Edinburgh...and the first Scottish FAN group. The new group is for men and women and will meet in the Friends Meeting House, 7 Victoria Street EH2 1JL (very central, in the Old Town) on Saturdays at 10.30am. There will be a warm FAN welco... (read more)

New FAN groups in Cardiff!

New FAN groups in Cardiff!

on Tuesday, 4th April, 2017

Two new FAN groups are starting in Cardiff later in April. We are delighted to be working in partnership with other organisations who recognise the benefits of coming to FAN. The groups will take place on Mondays from 24th April 9.30am at the Ely Hub on Cowbridge Road West, CF5 5BQ and on Thursda... (read more)

Exciting opportunity to work for FAN!

on Tuesday, 4th April, 2017

FAN has received funding from the Tudor Trust to employ an additional part time member of staff who will focus on the support and development of FAN groups primarily in Cardiff. The post holder will work 12 hours a week, 44 weeks a year on a fixed term contract of 3 years, encouraging, promoting... (read more)

FAN on Radio Cardiff’s Temple Vibes

on Monday, 6th March, 2017

Following our lovely celebration at the Temple of Peace FAN friends have been invited to take part in Emily Williams Temple Vibes radio show on Radio Cardiff. The show takes place on Friday afternoons and is an interesting mix of music and conversation including the FAN spot. You can download an... (read more)

FAN on the Radio!

on Monday, 20th February, 2017

Emily Williams from the Temple of Peace met FAN for the first time at our recent Celebration Once Strangers Now Friends. She liked the idea of FAN so much that she has invited FAN friends to be part of her Friday show - Temple Vibes. If you missed the broadcast on Friday 17th February at 2.30pm... (read more)

A visit to Ikea FAN

on Monday, 13th February, 2017

IKEA FAN Group which meets on Mondays at 11.00 was delighted to welcome 9 new people this morning. A group of adults learning English had come along with their teacher. FAN is an excellent way to help your learning of English and to help you to know about the country you are staying in or living ... (read more)

Barry FAN starts 17.1.17

on Tuesday, 17th January, 2017

FAN Friends are so pleased that Barry FAN will start on Wednesday 18th January at 11.30am in Barry - in Barry Library on King's Square. Do hope you can let your Barry friends know about the group and encourage them to attend. This will bring the total number of FAN groups in South Wales to 24..... (read more)

Welcoming Syrian Refugee Families in Cardiff Bay

Welcoming Syrian Refugee Families in Cardiff Bay

on Wednesday, 14th December, 2016

FAN was very happy to be part of an event in the Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay. Assembly Member Julie Morgan and her constituent Rania Vamvaka who runs the Culture Club at Cardiff Council have been organising a cultural programme with the Syrian refugee families who have been brought here b... (read more)

Sudanese FAN meeting on Saturdays

on Saturday, 19th November, 2016

The Sudanese community get together is now taking place in Trinity Centre, junction of Piercefield Place and Newport Road CF24 1LE on Saturdays at 6pm. All welcome!

No Saturday FAN meeting on 19th November!

on Friday, 18th November, 2016

Unfortunately FAN will not meet on 19th November, but looking forward to seeing you on 26th November - 10.30am for coffee and 11 for FAN.

FAN groups in Cardiff and South Wales are up and running!

on Sunday, 30th October, 2016

Many FAN groups have taken a break over half term - but half term is over, the clocks have gone back, and the nights are definitely drawing in but FAN groups are ready to welcome you. Just take a look at our find a meeting page to check out your nearest FAN group. You will be guaranteed a warm ... (read more)

Sunday FAN – no group 30/10/16

on Saturday, 29th October, 2016

Dear FAN friends, there will not be a meeting of the Sudanese community FAN group this Sunday.

Goodbye to Reiko and Keisuke!

on Sunday, 9th October, 2016

Debbie from Tuesday morning Grangetown Hub FAN writes...we were very sorry to say goodbye to our lovely FAN friends Reiko and Keisuke who have returned to Japan. They have been wonderful members of our Buzz FAN group, bringing smiles and stories to every meeting. We wish them well in Tokyo and ... (read more)

BUZZ FAN meeting at the Grangetown Hyb 6.9.16

on Monday, 5th September, 2016

Hello all.

Our summer break is over and I look forward to seeing you at our FAN meeting tomorrow morning, BUT we won't be meeting at The Buzz because a traffic accident has damaged the building. Instead we'll meet in the cafe at The Hyb (Grangetown library in Havelock Place, behind the ol... (read more)

Saturday FAN

on Saturday, 27th August, 2016

There will not be a meeting of Saturday FAN today, 27th August. Please keep an eye on the FAN meetings page and website for updates. Thankyou!

Two FAN groups making changes!

on Wednesday, 24th August, 2016

Zone Bridgend and Ebbw Vale FAN groups are making changes ready for September...
Zone FAN will continue to meet on Mondays but at the new time of 10.30 from 3rd September, so do come and join our friendly FAN group for men and women at the Zone, 46-48 Dunraven Place, Bridgend CF31 1JB. We m... (read more)

Picnic Wednesday 17th August

on Tuesday, 16th August, 2016

Bring something to eat and to sit on and join FAN friends in a picnic at the Gorsedd Gardens on Wednesday 17th August, 1pm. It looks as though the weather will be kind!

Gordon Bell

on Tuesday, 26th July, 2016

We are very sorry to share the news that our friend Gordon Bell has died.

He was a highly valued member of FAN and we will miss him enormously. Here is Gordon (front row on the right) with friends from Canton Library FAN.

Free English Classes at MADE – update!

on Tuesday, 26th July, 2016

Gill will be running free Advanced English Conversation Classes on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am at MADE Cafe Roath (corner of Lochaber Street and Angus Street, CF24 4PW) and then students are encouraged to join with conversation in the MADE FAN group on Thursday mornings at 11am. For more infor... (read more)

Advanced English Conversation Classes – Book Now!

on Thursday, 14th July, 2016

Gill will be running Advanced English Conversation Classes - twice a week at MADE Cafe (corner of Lochaber Street and Angus Street, CF24 4PW) in the upstairs room starting on Wednesday 20th July - many thanks to Zoe for that upper room facility! FAN friends will be the first to have the opportun... (read more)

FAN Questionnaire Results

on Thursday, 12th May, 2016

FAN Friends and Facilitators from groups across South Wales got together with Jane Tooby FAN Trustee and Sarah FAN Development Officer to share experiences of FAN across the region. We looked in some detail at the report compiled from the questionnaires that many of you kindly completed before C... (read more)

What’s in a name?

on Friday, 29th April, 2016

What does your name mean, who gave you your name? Names were the topic of Oasis FAN this week - such an interesting meeting with friends from Albania, Bangladesh, Sudan, Russia, UK, Iran and Hungary finding out more about names. Who chose names - grandparents certainly are important here; fathers... (read more)

Treforest FAN at University of South Wales

on Friday, 29th April, 2016

USW FAN is based on the Treforest campus, CF37 1DL. It is taking a break now until Autumn 2016 while everyone focuses on EXAMS! If you are interested in finding out more about the group or about FAN please contact Emma or Kath at USW Immigration and International Student Advice on campus or cal... (read more)

23rd April Saturday FAN – new venue!

on Thursday, 21st April, 2016

On Saturday 23rd April Saturday FAN will not be meeting in Charles Street, but in a community room at the URC Church in Windsor Place, CF10 3BZ and we do hope you can come!
There is a cafe downstairs and we have heard it is very cheap - just £1 for a cup of tea - so buy one if you want to... (read more)

FAN welcomes new trustees

on Friday, 15th April, 2016

FAN is governed by a board of Trustees. Today FAN trustees met and were very happy to welcome new Trustees - Sara, Lubaid, Abid and Ian to join the group. FAN is very happy to have a board with many skills and wide experience of life and of FAN.

Warm welcome for FAN at Canton 50+ group

on Monday, 11th April, 2016

Thankyou to Iona Gordon and Conway Road Methodist Church 50+ group for the warm welcome on Wednesday. Gill, Zahra, Ian, Karim, Yusuke, Alicia and Sarah spoke to the group about how FAN started and how important it can be in our lives - not just the lives of people who are new to the country but t... (read more)

All FAN groups back in action!

on Monday, 11th April, 2016

Several FAN groups have been on holiday over Easter, but the holidays are over and the Summer Term has begun (even if the weather is not very promising today). Find your nearest FAN group from our meeting finder page and come along to meet us. If you are from around the corner or around the wor... (read more)

FAN groups over the Easter holidays

on Thursday, 24th March, 2016

Many FAN groups are taking a break over the Easter holidays - but please check our Find a Meeting page or our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/THEFANCHARITY/ to be sure.

FAN Friends from 100 Countries!

on Friday, 18th March, 2016

FANTASTIC NEWS for our FAN Groups and our great world of international friendship. Those of us who come to FAN Meetings know what a lot we have gained from meeting people from the UK and all over world. This week Sarah has put the 100th country on to our list of different places that people have ... (read more)

FAN gets out and about

on Wednesday, 16th March, 2016

FAN staff and volunteers take up invitations to meet other organisations and to talk to people about FAN. Yesterday Zahra, Sally, Alicia, Nethanet and Sarah attended the Minority Ethnic Community Health Fair in the City Hall to share information about FAN. This is always a busy event - with mass... (read more)

Saturday FAN talks about beginnings

on Wednesday, 16th March, 2016

A very big  meeting at the Quaker Centre at 11:00 - there must have been about twenty five of us from countries throughout the world - including first time visitors from the United States and Paraguay, and regular friends from Pakistan, Thailand and South Korea, Turkey, Lithuania and Azerbaijan,... (read more)

Part Time Job Opportunities with FAN

on Sunday, 21st February, 2016

FAN is looking to appoint two part time temporary Project Officers, and the closing date is coming up fast! So if you are interested in finding out more please email fanofficer@ymail.com as soon as possible.

Saturday FAN weathers the storm….

on Sunday, 21st February, 2016

We had a surprisingly large number of people at Saturday Charles Street FAN Group at the Quaker Centre at 11:00 'considering the weather'. From a dampish and calm start to Saturday by 11:00 the rain and wind were becoming quite a feature and it was great to see about twenty 'brave the elements' t... (read more)

FAN meetings over half term

on Monday, 15th February, 2016

Many FAN meetings do take a half term break, but not all!  Check out the Find a FAN Meeting page or FAN Facebook https://www.facebook.com/THEFANCHARITY/ to see if your favourite group is meeting this week.

Job Opportunity: Temporary Part Time FAN Project Officers

on Sunday, 7th February, 2016

The FAN Charity is going to employ 2 FAN Project Officers in Cardiff for 5 hours a week (£9 an hour) for 3 months . We have been given a generous donation to help us expand our wonderful FAN Groups. We acknowledge the donation of the Pat Chown Award and the support of the YMCA.

Although t... (read more)

Saturday FAN gets sporty

on Sunday, 7th February, 2016

Sport and exercise was our topic today at the Quaker Centre in Charles Street, Cardiff, introduced by Paul - the first day of the 2016 Six Nations. Perhaps reflecting something about the demographics of our attendees today sport was not a central part of many people's active lives as participant ... (read more)

Celtic Language School Tea Party for FAN at MADE

on Monday, 1st February, 2016

We had a great tea party today at MADE Community Arts Cafe. Fan friends had been invited by Celtic Academy language school and some of their students to enjoy some time together. Zoe and Christabel had the most delicious trays of cakes and hot tea and coffee waiting for us. What a lovely venue fo... (read more)

FAN is presented with the Pat Chown Award

on Wednesday, 20th January, 2016

Lovely celebration at Buzz FAN today as John Chown presented a donation to FAN in memory of his wife Pat. FAN works with the YMCA, the YMCA have received a prize for a creative mental health project, and the YMCA nominated FAN to receive £1000 because they value FAN’s work. Thankyou to everyon... (read more)

FAN at Quakers 16th January 2016

on Sunday, 17th January, 2016

Another busy meeting of Saturday FAN this morning - I wasn't counting carefully but I think we were more than 20. Thanks to David who led the group, choosing the topic - preparing for travel... I think we were fairly evenly matched - the worriers, meticulous planners, packers in advance and list ... (read more)

End of term celebration at Stacey FAN

on Sunday, 17th January, 2016

[caption id="attachment_707" align="alignnone" width="300"] Stacey FAN end of term celebration December 2015[/caption]

All good things must come to an end.. but what better way to celebrate the end of term than with a party and a delicious cake. Stacey FAN meets weekly at Stacey primary an... (read more)

Christmas times past at Canton Library FAN

on Friday, 11th December, 2015

The dark nights are perhaps keeping our evening numbers down so it was just four of us in the warm and comfortable room at Canton Library, where we hold our Wednesday meetings. Led by Sarah, Anneliese, Michael and Ian discussed our week so far and then focused on our memories of Christmas. Both M... (read more)

FAN meets British Council Active Citizens at Cardiff Story

on Friday, 11th December, 2015

Debbie, Sarah, Zahra, Ian, Katka and Arwa from the FAN Group in Cardiff took part in a special FAN Group meeting that took place on the 8 December 2015 in the building now housing the Cardiff Story at the Old Library in The Hayes..

Women Making a Difference receive a grant from the British... (read more)

What FAN means to us…

on Saturday, 24th October, 2015

At our large Saturday FAN Group at the Quaker Centre in Charles Street we talked about FAN Groups and how each of us heard about them and what we felt FAN had given us. The group was made up of men and women from Italy, Iraq, Yemen, Argentina, Iran, England, Wales, Germany, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Su... (read more)

Facilitator Get Together October 2015

on Wednesday, 21st October, 2015

Great to be with so many FAN facilitators from Cardiff and Swansea yesterday. We had a jolly and productive afternoon looking at various aspects of our work in FAN groups across the cities. We discussed topics - collecting a long list of good ones, and thought about why some work better than ot... (read more)

Bridgend FAN at the Zone Community Centre

on Monday, 12th October, 2015

We have now been going now for 4 months and we are doing just fine!
Our venue at The Zone has proved very accessible and we are all agreed that introducing FAN to Bridgend has been a very positive thing. Thanks to Gill and Sarah for all their encouragement in getting us ‘up and running’... (read more)

Trinity Centre FAN

on Monday, 12th October, 2015

Trinity Centre FAN is taking a break. You are most welcome to attend another Cardiff FAN group and FAN friends will be dropping into the centre from time to time to let you people know about FAN. Looking forward to meeting you soon.

Celebrating the opening of The Corner in Roath

on Tuesday, 29th September, 2015

Great to join in celebrations at the Corner - congratulations to Roath Park Primary on the opening of your new community facing venue. Created from an empty shop the new venue was launched with a wonderful fund raising event for Macmillan (and lots of delicious cake!). You can read lots more abou... (read more)

Animals (and people) at Saturday FAN

on Thursday, 24th September, 2015

We had a good FAN meeting this morning in 43 Charles Street. Lots of us enjoyed talking in turn about animals which was the subject chosen by Terri-Ann who took the meeting and brought us cakes she had made! People from all countries spoke of their great love of animals. Dogs and cats are popular... (read more)

Butetown Women’s FAN group meets on Mondays…

on Thursday, 24th September, 2015

Butetown Women's FAN Group met on Monday afternoon at 1.30pm. We enjoyed the subject and talked about mothers. We spoke about our own mothers and about the challenges of being a mother. If you are a mother and would like to join us - your child/ren can be looked after in the lovely free creche. ... (read more)

Talking about herbal medicines at Canton Library FAN

on Thursday, 24th September, 2015

A new topic (I think) for our FAN Group meeting tonight at Canton Library - herbal, alternative and complementary remedies / medicines. The topic was introduced by Alessandra who is a trained herbalist and clearly passionate about the subject and a believer that herbal remedies can play a useful ... (read more)

Food Glorious Food!

on Thursday, 17th September, 2015

Our new FAN friends from Italy, Riccardo and Alessandra, have quickly become much-liked regulars at our Wednesday and Saturday FAN meetings. Today, Riccardo led the meeting and chose food as our topic. With coming from Parma and its well-known association with parmesan, prosciutto, and pasta, Ric... (read more)

Swansea FAN going strong

on Friday, 11th September, 2015

Great to visit FAN friends in Swansea on Wednesday. Zahra and I were made very welcome by Win and the group. What did we prefer - living in the country or the city... I think it depended on the city! Swansea or Cardiff seemed small cities if you were brought up in London or Tehran... while the co... (read more)

Who would YOU invite for dinner?

on Friday, 11th September, 2015

MADE Cafe FAN Group yesterday Thursday 10th September, enjoyed meeting a visitor from Cardiff Metropolitan University. After the meeting he chatted about their new courses to qualify to become a Teacher of English as a second language. The meeting was good and a wonderful surprise as a friend tur... (read more)

Canton Library FAN News

on Monday, 7th September, 2015

Lovely to see such a big group of friends on Wednesday 2nd September. We almost (but not quite) ran out of table space. We talked about Bank Holidays and Public Holidays. This was definitely one of those subjects which don't appear to be likely to generate a lot of interesting conversation, bu... (read more)

Busy Bank Holiday FAN

on Sunday, 30th August, 2015

We really enjoyed the Saturday FAN Group meeting today! AND the sun came with us! It is always great if a newcomer joins us. Because it was a bank holiday week-end some regular attenders of the FAN Group were on holiday - but there were still plenty of us - larger number of course from UK but als... (read more)

Cycling and walking in the city

Cycling and walking in the city

on Sunday, 23rd August, 2015

Canton Meeting 19 August 2015 - Walking and Cycling in the rain
Eleven of us braved the heavy rain (again) to our Canton FAN Group meeting on Wednesday evening. We had asked David Lopez to choose our theme for the meeting as, sadly, it was his last time that he could attend FAN Group in Car... (read more)

Family friendly film at Chapter

on Saturday, 15th August, 2015

You may be interested in a film being shown at Chapter in Canton on Monday 24th August at 2pm. The WOW film club is showing a film called Felix for men, women and children. 13–year–old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks Jazz is the... (read more)

Summer FAN meetings

on Tuesday, 11th August, 2015

FAN meetings going on at the following Cardiff venues - Buzz Grangetown Tuesday 10.30am, Oasis 69B Splott Road, Wednesday 1pm, Canton Library Wednesday 5.30pm, MADE Cafe Roath Thursday 11am and 43 Charles Street (Friends Meeting House) Saturdays at 11am but NOT Saturday 22nd. Looking forward to ... (read more)

Buzz meets Zone

Buzz meets Zone

on Monday, 3rd August, 2015

Grangetown Buzz meets Bridgend Zone! Thankyou to Gillian and Ann and FAN friends for our warm welcome (and the delicious warm flapjack). Debbie, Alganesh, Adalino and I visited and enjoyed our conversation about What I wish I was good at! Lots of people wanted to be able to sing, or to drive, or ... (read more)

Goodbye Raphael!

on Monday, 20th July, 2015

Here is Wednesday's Canton Library FAN group in a 'team photo' saying goodbye to our madrileño friend Raphael, who is returning to Spain. We talked about how travel and new experiences are a wonderful thing - BUT - when you have made good friends and have to move on, it can be very sad...luckil... (read more)

First BUZZ FAN baby!

First BUZZ FAN baby!

on Monday, 20th July, 2015

Congratulations to Feven and her family on the birth of baby John. The photo shows (from left to right) BUZZ FAN members Alganesh, Debbie and Feven attending a celebration of the christening of our first Buzz FAN baby last Sunday. The christening took place earlier that day at an Eritrean Ortho... (read more)

Free Lecture and Tasters at St Fagans

on Sunday, 17th May, 2015

On Wednesday 20th May our friends at the WEA (Workers Education Association) have a free adults learners’ day school being held in the Oakdale Workmen’s Institute at St Fagans National History Museum. They have two visitors from the Mohawk people of the territory of Tyendinaga, Canada providi... (read more)

New FAN group for Ely!

on Sunday, 17th May, 2015

FAN is working in partnership with Ely and Caerau Hub.  We are delighted to announce that a new FAN group will start in the Hub on Cowbridge Road on Thursday 21st May  at 10.15am.  If you are free why not come and join us?  The Hub is a bustling centre with books, computers, lots of help and ... (read more)

Easter Holidays

on Saturday, 21st March, 2015

Many FAN groups will be taking a break for the Easter holidays, so do try to get to a group this week, before they close.  You can keep up with FAN news by following us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/THEFANCHARITY.  Or send specific questions  via our contact us page.

Learn Direct ELLIS – an online way to practise speaking and listening

on Wednesday, 11th February, 2015

What can I learn? Speaking and Listening!

ELLIS is an online learning course, accessible from CAVC City Road Open Access and The Friary centre. Support is available for students at allocated times during Monday – Friday. Courses range from Entry Level 1 – Level 1. All students will obt... (read more)

Full Time English Language Courses in Cardiff Bay and Grangetown

on Tuesday, 10th February, 2015

ESOL Full Time Courses starting 23rd February 2015
(Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 & Level 2)
Focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as well grammar, vocabulary and cultural issues
Numeracy lessons also included an all courses at Entry 2 and above
Full-tim... (read more)

Half Term Meeting at the Buzz in Grangetown

on Tuesday, 10th February, 2015

Next week is half term and most FAN groups will be taking a break... but our Tuesday morning group at the Buzz will take place - so why not pop in and join this friendly group for men and women, which meets in the Buzz Centre on the corner of Corporation Road and Penarth Road in Grangetown.  You... (read more)

New Free Short Courses for the New Year

on Monday, 5th January, 2015

Cardiff Met University is putting on a range of new short courses in 2015, including Introductions to Health and Social Care, Youth and Community Education. If you are at all interested have a look at their website http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/partnerships/wideningaccess/Pages/wideningaccesscourse... (read more)

Free Health & Wellbeing Event in Butetown

on Sunday, 16th November, 2014

Wednesday 19th November 10am to 3pm at The Culture and Media Centre, Loudoun Square, Butetown (in the building above the doctor and chemist). A day of health checks, complementary therapies, stalls, food, tastings, talks,refreshments, children's activities AND a FAN group at 11.30am!!

For ... (read more)

FAN on TV!!

on Sunday, 9th November, 2014

On Monday 10th November at 5.30pm and 8.30pm FAN may well feature on MADE in Cardiff TV's news show Hello Cardiff. The new TV station can be found at Freeview Chanel 23 or Virgin 159 and has lots of very local news and local programmes. Ellen the reporter came to visit us at Saturday FAN and reco... (read more)

Women in Community Leadership

on Saturday, 18th October, 2014

Women in Community Leadership is a FREE course run by Women Making a Difference in Cardiff. It is aimed at women who want to develop their skills and confidence to become more involved within their community, with an emphasis on leadership and decision-making. Successful candidates will receive a... (read more)

Canton Library FAN

Canton Library FAN

on Friday, 17th October, 2014

We meet weekly on Wednesdays at 5.30pm, and have recently enjoyed speaking and listening on topics ranging from food, films, celebrations and technology. Although we always start from one point, and follow the FAN model of speaking and listening in turn, our discussions can range far and wide. In... (read more)

Good News from Turkey

Good News from Turkey

on Tuesday, 30th September, 2014

Hello FAN friends. Many of you remember Ziya who went back to Turkey a few weeks ago. After he returned home his son Ahmet Davut was born. He has sent this lovely photo! We think that young Ahmet looks like his Dad - maybe one day he too will be a teacher at the University! Ziya sends his best wi... (read more)

Cardiff City of Sanctuary, Universities of Sanctuary

on Wednesday, 24th September, 2014

Free event at the Temple of Peace CF10 3AP in Cardiff on Tuesday October 7th at 7pm where Alan Thomas, a retired Professor from Swansea University and Chair of the UK City of Sanctuary movement, will be visiting Cardiff to speak at this event co-organised by the United Nations Association (UNA) C... (read more)

Belle the next screening for the Women’s Film Club

on Wednesday, 24th September, 2014

October is Black History Month, and we're delighted this month to be screening a period drama with a difference. Belle tells the story of a mixed race woman - the illegitimate daughter of a naval officer and a slave - who is sent to live on a grand English estate with her uncle. She grows up lead... (read more)

Good News! Central Library Conversation Group Restarts

Good News! Central Library Conversation Group Restarts

on Wednesday, 24th September, 2014

Many FAN friends have found the conversation group at the Central Library a wonderful place to develop their English skills. The group has a new home - Fridays at 10.30am so do go along and try it out. Of course it would be great if you can tell other participants about FAN groups too.

Central Library Conversation Group

on Tuesday, 16th September, 2014

Many FAN friends have enjoyed the conversation group at the Central Library and will have missed it since the library has closed on a Wednesday. There is no group at the moment - but Jane hopes to revive it in the near future, and we will share the good news right here.

Active Citizens! New Course for Women

Active Citizens! New Course for Women

on Tuesday, 16th September, 2014

Women Making a Difference (WMAD) are running a new free course for women at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.

What Is Active Citizens? Active Citizens is an international programme of learning which WMAD delivers in partnership with the British Council. The programme envisages a wo... (read more)

Women Making a Difference in Cardiff

on Saturday, 6th September, 2014

Women Making A Difference have some interesting new courses starting this autumn. Women for a Change and Active Citizens. For full details take a look at their website http://www.wmad.org.uk/

 

Caz, Carol-lynn

Caz, Carol-lynn

on Tuesday, 2nd September, 2014

The FAN Charity was saddened to hear of the death of Carol-lynn whom we knew as Caz. Caz was a big inspiration in the early FAN Groups. Gill met her first when Caz was a volunteer in her class at the ESOL community classes in Grangetown School which were run by the Parade ESOL service.

Caz... (read more)

FAN goes out and about at Riverside Festival

FAN goes out and about at Riverside Festival

on Sunday, 31st August, 2014

Zahra, Debbie and Sarah enjoyed their windy (and sometimes rainy) afternoon at the Riverside Festival. The event was organised by Communities First and lots of local organisations and took place in Despenser and Clare Gardens - so just down the road from the City Temple and not too far from the G... (read more)

Women of the World Film Club

on Monday, 7th July, 2014

The next screening in the WOW Film Club for women only, will be at Chapter on Wednesday 16th July at 10am. Bastards follows the true story of Rabha, an illiterate young woman who took on tradition, her family, and the Moroccan justice system for the sake of her illegitimate child: WOW tells us th... (read more)

Women Making A Difference Free Courses

on Sunday, 6th July, 2014

FAN women - you may be interested in some new free courses offered by Women Making a Difference.

If you would like more information follow this link http://www.womenmakingadifference.org.uk/what-we-do/course-calendar-upcoming-training and ask for more information. The new course takes plac... (read more)

Refugee Week at the Central Library

Refugee Week at the Central Library

on Wednesday, 25th June, 2014

Zahra and Sarah represented FAN at the recent event at the Central Library. As you can see from the picture people came from all over the world, and put their names on our FAN-map. We hope to see some of you soon at FAN! You can see more pictures about the event on the Cardiff Library Facebook pa... (read more)

A blooming lovely tea party!

A blooming lovely tea party!

on Wednesday, 25th June, 2014

Some of us thought we would take our international FAN friends to a very British tea party which was raising money for charity in a private house and garden. We ate cake, drank tea, bought and even won raffle prizes and enjoyed sitting in Sylvia's beautiful garden... and the sun continued to shin... (read more)

Refugee Week at the Central Library

on Friday, 13th June, 2014

Come to a free special event at the central library on Tuesday 17th June from 12 noon to 4pm. Friends from FAN will be there too, so come and say hello.

 

WOW Women’s Film 17th June at Chapter

on Friday, 6th June, 2014

Many FAN women have enjoyed the special screenings of films at Chapter. The next is THE ROCKET at 10am on Thursday 17th June - the cost is £3.50 and includes lunch, discussion and bookable creche. Why not go with other female FAN friends? You will have a warm welcome at Chapter.

The Rocke... (read more)

MBE awarded at Windsor Castle

on Sunday, 25th May, 2014

On Tuesday 14th April, 2014 four FAN Trustees went to Windsor Castle to collect the MBE which Gill felt she accepted on behalf of all of you who support FAN Groups. Three Trustees (Gill, David and Zahra) are serving at the moment and Dave is a former Trustee. Gill was awarded the MBE for 'Service... (read more)

FAN stories

on Thursday, 8th May, 2014

Did you know you can download four free stories written by Gill, FAN founder? Look in the Popular Links box on the right and click 'Learn English with Stories' and curl up with a good book!

 

Cardiff Met Summer School

on Thursday, 8th May, 2014

Cardiff Metropolitan University Summer School runs for 2 weeks in July, follow this link http://www3.cardiffmet.ac.uk/english/partnerships/wideningaccess/pages/summerschool.aspx for more information about free courses (some post code restrictions apply).

New FAN Group in Canton Library

on Tuesday, 29th April, 2014

We are working with Ceri at Canton Library and will start a new FAN group on Wednesday 30th April from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Be good to see you there - Canton Library is in Library Street, just off Cowbridge Road and very near Chapter.

Language Course & English Classes

on Tuesday, 29th April, 2014

I've attached a couple of links that could be of interest for others. The first one is about a free language course (a raffle in fact) to be done this summer at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/choices/languages/summer-language-courses/win-a-free-summer-languag... (read more)

International Women’s Day Event

International Women’s Day Event

on Sunday, 2nd March, 2014

Event for women from all around the world in Trinity Methodist Church Adamsdown, CF24 1LE

The Best of Bollywood!

on Friday, 28th February, 2014

The WOW women's film club is teaming up with the Wales One World Film Festival to bring you the Best Of Bollywood Live at the Samaj Hindu Temple in Grangetown. This time it's a Film Club event not just for the ladies but for everyone (yes, that means the men too!). The evening starts at 7pm with ... (read more)

Minority Ethnic Communities Health Fair

on Tuesday, 11th February, 2014

On Wednesday 5th March 2014 the annual Minority Ethnic Communities Health Fair will take place at City Hall between 9.15am and 3pm. This is a day packed with talks, health checks and free taster sessions - along with many stalls giving help and advice. FAN will be there promoting our work. Divers... (read more)

News from FAN in Pakistan: cricket and a picnic!

on Thursday, 23rd January, 2014

I hope that you are doing good and must be very busy in your FAN activities. We are also very busy in parish life and have made many good plans for this year 2014. FAN groups are also running successfully and we have appointed two FAN Officer for two FAN groups. Youth FAN Group meets every Friday... (read more)

WOW Women’s Film Club Wednesday 5th February

on Thursday, 23rd January, 2014

Our next screening will be 
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Wednesday 5th February, 10.00am 
 Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton CF5 1QE TICKETS £3.50 to include lunch and creche Free tickets for asylum seeking or refugee women. Phone Rabab on 0775 9933311 or email wowfilmclub@gmail.com ... (read more)

FAN Friend’s News from China

FAN Friend’s News from China

on Thursday, 23rd January, 2014

Da Jia Hao! 澶у濂斤紒 hello everyone. I still think of you all and FAN often and feel the spirit of friendship here in china very much. I moved to. Chengdu in Sichuan Province in October 2009 to learn Chinese, learn about community building and work with a drama based NGO called Hua Dan (... (read more)

Wadjda – FAN women go to the movies

on Tuesday, 19th November, 2013

On Tuesday 11th November the Riverside FAN group suspended operations and some of us went along to Chapter to watch Wadjda, as part of the WOW Women's Film Group. This powerful film, made by a woman in Saudi Arabia told the story of one young girl's efforts to do a simple, but prohibited thing - ... (read more)

Women’s Film Club

on Tuesday, 29th October, 2013

The Film Club is back!! We're delighted that the ever popular WOW WOMEN'S FILM CLUB (formerly the BME WOMEN'S FILM CLUB) has been granted Arts Council of Wales funding to resume its activities after a two year break. We'll be screening films throughout the year, and welcoming all women to our eve... (read more)

Black History Month – local events start 27th September 2013

on Thursday, 19th September, 2013

Every October throughout the UK, Black History Month celebrates the achievements and contributions of Black people to the development of British society, technology, economy and arts & culture. Year on year Black History Month is proving to be one of the most engaging, lively and welcoming ev... (read more)

FAN working with Cardiff and Vale College

on Friday, 13th September, 2013

Gill and Zahra have made excellent links with Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) - so much so that in November CAVC will have a FAN group for students as part of their Wednesday afternoon enrichment programme. Rob Parkin head of languages and ESOL has recognised that FAN can be a useful tool to enco... (read more)

Thank you… to Esmee Fairbairn

on Monday, 17th October, 2011

We want to say a big 'thank-you' to Esmee Fairbairn for giving us a grant to help spread FAN Groups. We are all delighted and have been working on plans to use this grant wisely and to further the development of FAN Groups.

We are going to use the money to see if FAN Groups could be a succ... (read more)

Amy working hard for a Nepal School

on Tuesday, 11th October, 2011

We have all been so busy we haven't even had time for news! Lots of us went to support Amy when she ran her fund raising evening for a school in Nepal in September 2011. The evening was great fun and lots of us FAN friends went. Amy had organised it superbly and raised £1,000 I understand. Well ... (read more)

News from Jason who is back home in China

on Tuesday, 28th December, 2010

Hi everyone, We have had a lovely email from Jason. He has met someone he cares for and is getting married! All his friends in Saturday FAN will want us to wish him well. He's even invited one or two FAN friends to his wedding! Hope you've all had a very good holiday. Now for the New Year! An exc... (read more)

Thanks to the Trustees for help in 2010

on Wednesday, 22nd December, 2010

Thanks to all FAN Charity Trustees for their invaluable advice, help and support in 2010. The strength of a charity is always in its supporters, and you are the best. Best wishes for a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Sue

Representatives of the public give support

on Wednesday, 24th November, 2010

We are pleased Jenny Randerson and Jenny Willots have joined the FAN Charity on Facebook. Representatives of different political parties are welcome if they share our concern that we are glad to listen and welcome people of all cultures, faiths and different beliefs if they come in a spirit of fr... (read more)

The FAN Charity is on Facebook

on Sunday, 7th November, 2010

Llanelli Multicultural network has helped us to start a Facebook Page. If you read this and you are on Facebook and you care about friendship between all people - do become a friend! We were delighted to have the first political representative join us - Jennie Randerson! FAN embraces all people w... (read more)

Joint Project with SIS (Somali Integration Society) 2010

Joint Project with SIS (Somali Integration Society) 2010

on Monday, 16th August, 2010

We were delighted to be asked if we would like to help SIS with a short course for those unemployed - on Self Management.

The course was felt to be such a success that we continued a JOB CLUB for 6 weeks after the course. We ran it before the Wednesday FAN Meeting at the Salvation Army Bui... (read more)

August 2010 A ‘first’ for Llanelli and Carmarthenshire!

August 2010 A ‘first’ for Llanelli and Carmarthenshire!

on Tuesday, 3rd August, 2010

The FAN (Friends and Neighbours) Group held its first meeting in the county on Wednesday 28th July in Lakefield Hall, Llanelli. The new Llanelli FAN Group was set up in collaboration with the Llanelli Multicultural network (LMCN).

The first FAN Group was founded in 2003 in Cardiff and aims... (read more)

FAN Groups open during August

on Sunday, 1st August, 2010

You don't have to miss out on FAN meetings during August, the following groups are running:

Mondays & Wednesdays: FAN at IKEA, Cardiff 10.30-11.30 (some are meeting at 10 am for 99p breakfast first!)

Wednesdays: Llanelli FAN at Lakefield Hall at 10.30-11.30am (see below for cont... (read more)

Llanelli FAN – First meeting 28th July 2010

on Tuesday, 27th July, 2010

Great news!! Llanelli's first weekly FAN Group is starting on Wednesday 28th July from 10.30-11.30am at Lakefield Hall, Lakefield Road, Llanelli SA15 1UH.

Please come along and support this new group if you can. For more details, please contact the Group Rep (Laura Hancock of LWCN) on: 015... (read more)

Llanelli

on Saturday, 10th July, 2010

Great news, we are hoping to announce the start of a FAN Group in Llanelli shortly - watch this space!

FAN at the Ely Festival – 12/6/10

on Thursday, 10th June, 2010

Communities First Ely and Caerau are hosting a FAN meeting in their tent on the Festival field opposite Western Leisure Centre at 1pm. Community Worker Hazel will be very pleased to welcome all visitors.

Exciting news from Swansea!

on Wednesday, 9th June, 2010

FAN now has a second group starting in Swansea on the 14th July at the Oxfam Bookshop, Castle Street at 7pm. You don't have to be a bookworm, music buff, or "arty" type to come along and have a great time (!) - all will be made very welcome by Phil (Manager). Full details are on the Meeting Finde... (read more)

May update

on Friday, 21st May, 2010

Here we are in May. We have been visiting outside groups! Swansea FAN Group had a very interesting meeting last week. We all talked about - what we would do if there were no barriers in the way! It was a lovely day to go to Swansea and it is such a lovely town. Many who visit the Swansea FAN walk... (read more)

Charitable Company

on Friday, 21st May, 2010

The year seems to have been racing through for FAN. We have become an incorporated charitable company. We were advised to do this as FAN is employing a Development Officer. The new company is called 'The FAN Charity'. The new company's main job is to let people know about how a FAN Meeting works.... (read more)

Changes for FAN

on Wednesday, 7th April, 2010

Amy has now left post to pursue new work doing editing with the BBC. We will all be sorry to say good-bye to Amy and the Trustees in particular wish to thank her for her help in the last eighteen months with the FAN Charity - as we have moved forward at a pace. we have every confidence that Amy w... (read more)

New Development Officer

on Thursday, 25th February, 2010

As FAN is moving forward so quickly we needed immediate cover for Amy leaving and a loyal FAN attender from early FAN days - Sue Northover has agreed to take an initial short-term contract to August 31st. Lots of people know and love Sue and we all wish her well. Sue will be starting in April.(read more)

Wrexham FAN Group Coming Soon!

on Thursday, 25th February, 2010

We were delighted to welcome Maggie to Cardiff this week. She travelled down from Wrexham to visit a couple of FAN Groups as she works in the Peace and Justice Centre in Wrexham and is hoping to start a FAN Meeting there soon. It was a pleasure to have Maggie with us and she made a great extra to... (read more)

Newport FAN Group

on Thursday, 25th February, 2010

The Newport FAN Group started in August 2009 and now has more than 15 members who attend the group on a regular basis. The group meets every Friday 12noon - 1pm at The SHARE Centre, Stow Hill.

Patrick Sullivan, who has been attending the group since September said 'I have personally found ... (read more)

Swansea FAN Group

on Thursday, 25th February, 2010

Last November, Gill, Zahra, Nick, Omar and Amy went to meet with supporters of Swansea City Of Sanctuary to give a presentation about The FAN Groups. The Swansea City of Sanctuary is a movement by local people to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in Swansea. Swansea is w... (read more)

Ebbw Vale

on Thursday, 25th February, 2010

Two FAN Groups have started in Ebbw Vale and are at fledgling stage. Some Cardiff FAN members have enjoyed meeting new friends in Ebbw Vale and receiving a warm welcome. If you live in or near Ebbw Vale do come! Just try a FAN Meeting for a couple of weeks and see if you like it.

If you ar... (read more)

Amy Leaving the FAN Charity

on Thursday, 25th February, 2010

To everyone involved in The FAN Groups,

I am very sad to say that I will be leaving the post of FAN Development Officer on Friday 12th March. I have really enjoyed my time with The FAN Charity and learned so much about working in community and charity. I am very grateful for all the suppor... (read more)

Tudor Trust Grant

on Thursday, 25th February, 2010

We are delighted to have received a grant from Tudor Trust to enable us to have a part-time FAN Development Officer for the next two years, from 2010-12 The role of Development Officer has become ever more important as FAN groups spread and more people across Wales and the UK want to know about F... (read more)

The ‘FAN Goes North’ Tour!

on Thursday, 25th February, 2010

Before Christmas 2009, Gill, Nick, Zahra and I travelled to North Wales to meet with people who had contacted The FAN Charity, expressing an interest in setting up a FAN Group in their area. During our Northern adventures, we also aimed to generate interest in FAN Groups by publicising FAN across... (read more)

FAN goes to Hollywood!

FAN goes to Hollywood!

on Thursday, 25th February, 2010

It was lights, camera, action for 14 FAN Attendees last July when we filmed a FAN Meeting! With the help of ITV Cameraman Garan Thomas and Camera Assistant Tim Hole, a short meeting was filmed which was to be edited into a short film and used for promotional purposes.

We were very sorry th... (read more)

Minister Brian Gibbons visits FAN

Minister Brian Gibbons visits FAN

on Wednesday, 23rd September, 2009

We were pleased when we were asked if Brian Gibbons, The Government Minister for Social Justice and Local Government could come to a FAN Meeting. We always welcome newcomers to FAN Meetings whatever their background, religion or politics and we are happy if as a result of coming they can spread t... (read more)

The Oxford Muse invites FAN attendees to a ‘Conversation Dinner’

on Thursday, 20th August, 2009

The Oxford Muse Conversation Dinner at Ikea Wales was a wonderful success, with nearly 80 people attending who attend FAN Groups or have supported the FAN Charity. Hosted by the Oxford Muse, their Conversation Dinners are arranged so that strangers come together to discuss a range of topics from ... (read more)

Zahra and Gill at Whitehall for ABNI (The Advisory Board for Naturalization and Integration)

on Thursday, 9th April, 2009

Zahra and Gill were invited to the Banqueting Room at Whitehall. FAN meetings have been cited as an example of good practice in integrating people into the community by the Advisory Board for Naturalization and Integration - in their Final Report which came out in 2008.

Zahra was asked to ... (read more)

Millenium Stadium Trust Fund supports The FAN Charity

on Tuesday, 7th April, 2009

Following on the success of last year’s grant The FAN Charity is pleased that further funding has been awarded to the charity from the Millennium Stadium Trust Fund. The grant award will help encourage FAN Meetings to flourish across Wales, so strengthening community links and social inclusion ... (read more)

Going forward

on Friday, 27th February, 2009

We are aiming to set up a FAN Group in Newport. Is there anyone out there who is sympathetic to people who feel lonely and isolated and who likes meeting different people and would like to help?

The FAN Development Group has been formed to try to think of ways to help new FAN Groups to get... (read more)

Naturalisation and Integration Meeting

on Friday, 27th February, 2009

Zahra and Gill are to attend a meeting at Whitehall for ABNI - the Advisory Board for Naturalisation and Integration. Zahra will talk about her road to British Citizenship and how FAN helped her and Gill will also talk about The FAN Charity.

FAN Development Officer

on Friday, 27th February, 2009

Our new FAN Development Officer Amy Cuff joined us on 1st September. We want to support her in every way we can and we hope it will mean that more FAN Groups will open next year to give people a greater feeling of belonging in the place where they live.

Amy will be pleased to help anyone i... (read more)

July Wedding

July Wedding

on Wednesday, 25th February, 2009

The FAN friends met at the Salvation Army, Grangetown to celebrate the recent wedding of Agnieszka and Wotjek.

We had a message from Agnieszka saying... "Thank you very very much for last Saturday. All of you made us really happy." Love from Agnieszka and Wotjek

Our friends received... (read more)

Welsh Assembly Government support The FAN Charity

Welsh Assembly Government support The FAN Charity

on Wednesday, 25th February, 2009

The good work of The FAN Charity has been recognised by the Welsh Assembly Government, as we were asked to submit information so that we could be placed on their website as a good example of voluntary groups working for community cohesion.

Our work has been described as: 'Developing and st... (read more)

Oxfam Cymru backs The FAN Charity

Oxfam Cymru backs The FAN Charity

on Wednesday, 25th February, 2009

The FAN Charity have joined in partnership with Oxfam Cymru, after being awarded financial backing from Oxfam, enabling The FAN Charity to continue their work over the coming year.

Oxfam is well-known for its work relieving poverty and fighting injustice abroad, but a lot of people do not ... (read more)

  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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