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Kirkcaldy radio presenter and author, Lisa Young recently hosted another great episode of her successful Holding the Space radio show on K107FM. This time Lisa explored the world of volunteering with the staff and volunteers of local charity Fife Alcohol Support Service.
The Face of Volunteering featured interviews with volunteers, staff and trustees of the charity recorded during their recent Annual General Meeting. In the interviews, they talk candidly about their personal experiences of volunteering, why and how they began and offer many insights into the work of the charity.
Lisa explained “It was a pleasure to hear the stories of volunteering from FASS and how they, in their 41st year, help others in the community”
The show can be heard here
The Face of Volunteering with Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) is also available as a Podcast on most major hosts.
John Hamilton, who is Chairperson at Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) was very enthusiastic when we asked him about Curnie Clubs.
“This is one of our newer ideas to tackle isolation and loneliness at the heart of our communities in Fife. We started Curnie Clubs back in September 2016 and we have been very fortunate to have this operation funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, so as not to divert money from our other more traditional activities.”
“Curnie Clubs have from the outset been very much service user, or peer led with our understanding of need focused at a very local level. There has been wonderful organic growth into various communities, originally starting in Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Cupar and Methil, and we have now expanded even further into Cowdenbeath and 2 groups in Glenrothes.”
“Did you know that some well-known and widely followed reality TV programmes have the highest exposure of both tobacco and alcohol products? And, these programmes portray a lifestyle that many viewers look up to, and are watched by millions of both children and adults.”
“Between January and August of 2018, the reality TV programmes Celebrity Big Brother, Made in Chelsea, The Only Way Is Essex, Geordie Shore and Love Island were all monitored using a 1-minute interval coding to quantify tobacco and alcohol content, and the results have been quite suprising” said Jim Bett, Service Manager at Kirkcaldy-based Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS).
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.”