Curnie Clubs promote Social Inclusion

“Curnie is an old Scots word for a small gathering of people” said John Hamilton, Chairman at FASS (Fife Alcohol Support Service) based in Kirkcaldy, “and the Curnie Clubs that FASS runs do help to address social isolation and loneliness and promote social inclusion at different locations all over Fife.”

He continued “It's basically getting out of the house for a cuppa and a good blether, being accepted for who and what you are; it's also meeting new friends, having some laughter, getting creative with arts and crafts, also baking and cooking and even going on outings, visits and walks. Curnie Clubs do all of these activities!”

“What's important is that Curnie Clubs are free and meet on a weekly basis, with members choosing the weekly activity which includes refreshments. You soon realise that Curnie Clubs can help lots of people to start rebuilding their confidence and social life, and can also offer advice and support for anybody who is experiencing difficulties.”

John emphasised “Curnie Clubs are for anyone aged 24 to 49 who would like to feel part of the community again. But, if you are unsure about coming along but want to find out more, then we can meet you in a place local to you – somewhere you feel safe and relaxed, and you can bring someone along with you if you're nervous or anxious.”

To find out where your nearest Curnie Club is or to arrange a first meeting, just call us on any of these numbers

  • Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline Clubs call Steve on 07748 631648
  • Cupar and Glenrothes Clubs call Karen on 07384 514479
  • Kirkcaldy and Methil Clubs call Jo on 07384 514478

or if you prefer, email us at

Donald Grieve, the Curnie Clubs Manager is available on 07748 631417. Curnie Clubs are funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and are provided by FASS (Fife Alcohol Support Service).

John was very proud to quote several of the recent new members of Curnie Clubs, one who said “I just feel valued and part of things, ”another who said “I have made friends who I meet for lunch or coffee – I didn't think this would be possible.”

John then said “Why don't you come along to Curnie Clubs?”