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On Wednesday evening we attended Fife Voluntary Action’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Keavil House Hotel. The event celebrated outstanding contributions to volunteering and the voluntary sector in Fife by individual volunteers, organisations and community groups.
FASS received the Organisation of the Year Award for 2019. The citation highlighted FASS’ care for service users, support for volunteers, ability to innovate new projects and our recognition by the Scottish Parliament in December.
Lisa Young, who joined FASS a couple of years ago, said: “Since I joined Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) as a Counselling Services Administrator I have found myself in a supportive and encouraging work environment where development opportunities are available and championed. Working at FASS has enabled me to help those affected by alcohol problems. Furthermore, I have been supported to pursue a counselling skills qualification and I am also very proud to be to a Volunteer Counsellor for this incredible organisation. I am delighted their history and quiet diligence within the community is being celebrated.”
Jim Bett, Service Manager, said; “In the past year, we have celebrated our 40-year anniversary, been recognised by the Scottish Parliament for excellence and tonight we are delighted to be awarded ‘Organisation of the Year’ by Fife Voluntary Action.
Jim concluded: We would not be able to provide our services whether that be the Alcohol Counselling Service, or ADAPT, or Curnie Clubs, without our funders, staff and especially our volunteers who work hard to support our clients in the Fife Community. This accolade is a testament to their support and efforts.”
Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) are celebrating the service of a long serving volunteer.
Susan Hannah, of Kirkcaldy, first joined FASS in 2001 while still continuing her day to day role as a teacher. Susan, wishing to continue working within the local community, applied to be a volunteer counsellor with FASS providing specialist alcohol counselling for people, aged 16 and over, who find themselves in difficulty because of alcohol-related problems at various locations in Fife.
Susan said: “Volunteering as a Counsellor with FASS over an extended period has been a stimulating and rewarding experience. It is sometimes challenging but always fulfilling. The rewards come from working with clients, from many and varied backgrounds, to facilitate and support them achieve a more positive future in all aspects of their lives. Working with the excellent and supportive team at FASS and their clients has been a pleasure and a privilege.”
Jim Bett, Service Manager, of FASS said; “We are sad to say goodbye to Susan after 18 years as dedicated and committed volunteer. As a local charity, we are unable to provide a service without the time, expertise and enthusiasm offered by our volunteers. Susan was a wonderful volunteer for FASS. Through her counselling, she helped more than 250 very vulnerable people. We will miss Susan and wish her all the very best for her retirement.”
If you are interested in exploring a volunteering opportunity with FASS please visit our Volunteering page in the Support us menu (above) for more information.
If you have an alcohol problem and would like to discuss our services please call 01592 206200.
Photograph (from left to right, John Hamilton, Jim Bett, Susan Hannah, Helen Hutton, Sarah White, Robert Gibson)
In a long and very comprehensive discussion recently with Jim Bett, Service Manager at Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS), he stated that “In Scotland, alcohol consumption in women of childbearing age is common and is recognised as a significant public health issue. It is estimated that approximately 3.2% of babies born are affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which is three to four times the rate of autism, meaning that as many as 172,00 people could be affected by the disorder in Scotland. A recent study in Glasgow noted the meconium of newborn babies and found that 42% of samples showed evidence of the mother having consumed alcohol during pregnancy, with 15% of those pregnancies exposed to very high levels of alcohol.”
Jim continued “This information and these statistics are very concerning to us all and puts an enormous strain, both physically and financially on the NHS, who have to identify and treat those people at risk of FASD, and also the parents and carers, adoptive and fostering services, supportive organisations like FASS in the voluntary sector, and also policy makers.”
“It is true to say that improved labelling on cans and bottles containing alcoholic drinks would help, and there are moves afoot to bring in new legislation for this, but it will need to be of a similar nature to the information now displayed on packets of cigarettes and have a “shock” factor to really bring home the message that alcohol during pregnancy has real and very dangerous effects.”
Jim concluded by commenting that “Our FASS counsellors are engaged in these types of problems every single week and we would encourage those who are already pregnant or are trying for a family to consider the effects of alcohol and change their drinking habits by eliminating alcohol altogether for the ultimate benefit of the child involved. If anybody needs help with this, they can call FASS on 01592 206200 for a free and confidential counselling service which operates throughout Fife.
Just dial FASS on 01592 206200 – it can be a lifesaver!”
Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) recently completed a well-being ceramic mural project at Cupar YMCA. It was funded through a Russell Trust grant, and took place from September to December 2018.
The opening of the ceramic well-being plaques took place today, Friday 8th February, 2019, at Cupar YMCA, Bonnygate, Cupar. It was attended by many of those who helped to create them.
Seven ceramic plaques have been made on the theme of Health and Well-being - one plaque for each day of the week, using sayings and proverbs for ideas and imagery. They are colourful and fun, with a lot of detail to look at, including the odd Cupar feature such as the Cupar Cross unicorn or the old town council building cupola above Maisie & Mac, and many healthy ideas and suggestions.
On Tuesday, 18th December 2018, David Torrance MSP for Kirkcaldy lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament entitled ‘Fife Alcohol Support Service, Supporting Fifers for 40 Years’. The motion celebrated FASS on it’s 40 years of helping people overcome issues with alcohol and acknowledged that since it began operating, FASS has supported over 23,000 Fifers and families deal with problems with alcohol. FASS was commended on its invaluable work with some of the most vulnerable people in Fife. The debate received cross party support across the chamber.
The Scottish Parliament also welcomed staff and volunteers to the gallery who had come along to witness the momentous occasion.
FASS are delighted the debate has received both local press coverage and on nationally on the BBC News.
Jim Bett, Service Manager, of FASS said; “Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) are delighted to be at the Scottish Parliament today to take part in the national debate on alcohol awareness. For 40 years, Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) has been a leading provider of counselling and psychotherapy for people in Fife with alcohol-related problems. Since our inception, 200 counsellors, many on a voluntary basis, have helped over 23,000 Fifers and their families deal with addiction, regular drinking and binge drinking. Our sincere thanks to David Torrance MSP for his support in showcasing our work in the Fife community on the national stage.”
The full debate can be seen here