Serving Fife for 40 Years

At a packed meeting at the Town House in Kirkcaldy, venue for this year's Annual General Meeting for Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS), Jim Bett, Service Manager at FASS highlighted the success of the Kirkcaldy-based Charity’s volunteer alcohol counsellors who have served the people of Fife for 40 years.

Jim recounted that “over the years, 200 volunteer counsellors trained by FASS had used their specialist skills to help people overcome their difficulties with alcohol and improve their health and well-being.”

He continued “more than 23,000 Fifers have approached FASS’ counselling services for help since it began operating.”

Jim went on to praise the contribution alcohol counselling has made towards stemming the terrible tidal wave of health and social problems building as result of a free and easy use of alcohol in Scottish society. He stated “We have freedom to drink whatever we want, but really nothing comes for free.”

Jim also highlighted that FASS’ counselling services have been recognised by COSCA, Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy who have observed that “Fife Alcohol Support Service is an extremely well run organisation that serves the community throughout Fife.”

Jim also highlighted the success of the charity’s other projects including its Big Lottery Funded Curnie Clubs that helps people overcome social isolation, also ADAPT and the Community Drug Service which help people overcome substance misuse.

The AGM concluded with a very moving story from a former client who recounted his harrowing journey of a drug addiction that had almost resulted in his death, and his ultimate recovery and redemption with the help of the charity’s Community Drug Service. Many who attended were deeply moved and when he concluded his story, he was greeted with rapturous applause.

Jim concluded by stating “We have come a long way in the past year and it has been a year of change. 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.

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