FASS: A Bold Future

At a packed meeting at the Town House in Kirkcaldy, venue for this year's AGM for Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS), Jim Bett, Service Manager at FASS outlined the many successes of the past 12 months and also pointed the way forward for a bold and exciting future for the Kirkcaldy-based Charity.

Now in its 40th year of operation, FASS has been a major provider of specialist services for people with alcohol-related problems in Fife, including an alcohol counselling service and a well-used self-help web service.

Jim outlined that "This year has been difficult with budgetary pressures to bear for both fund providers and FASS, and the Trustees have introduced several initiatives designed to improve the Charity's resilience and its ability to adapt to change, all encompassed within a new 3-year strategic plan.

Jim continued "This strategic plan helps to underline the Charity's strengths in several key areas both in the traditional service for people with alcohol-related problems, but also now operating alongside the fully-merged Community Drug Service and several other areas, one of which is the astonishingly successful Curnie Clubs.

Curnie Clubs is an innovative service which tackles social isolation amongst particularly vulnerable and marginalised people, and is a Big Lottery funded/over service which in its first year of operation, more than 100 people have been referred and membership currently stands at 90."

Those present were treated to a very moving story from one young lady who also introduced a brief film, produced by Curnie Clubs, showing its operational successes for the very first time. This combination of story and film was greeted with rapturous applause.

As part of the new, fresher approach, FASS is rebranding with a sharper image which will be noticeable over the coming months and those present were delighted with their first sight of the new identity.

Jim also noted that a new dedicated website has been developed that reflects the new branding across the full range of services offered by FASS, but he also paid great tribute to all the dedicated staff at FASS who day in, day out, provide a fantastic and expansive service throughout Fife where many hundreds of people have been helped during the past 12 months.

Jim concluded by stating "FASS has come a long way in the past year, with more than a few changes. It is a tribute to all our staff and volunteers that the Charity worked so seamlessly for the many vulnerable people who came to us seeking help" and he thanked all who contributed to FASS for their support and adaptability in the past year.

Locally throughout Fife, Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) offers free counselling for those who are suffering the problems caused by alcohol, drugs /over or other problems, and if this relates to you, then it can make a lot of sense to call FASS on 01592 206200.

It really can make a difference!