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The FAN Charity

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FAN friends holding a map of the world

Introduction to FAN

Welcome to the FAN Charity Website. FAN stands for Friends and Neighbours. Here is everything you need to know about the Charity and its FAN Groups and how you can participate.

Two FAN friends at a FAN Group

What does the FAN Charity do?

The FAN Charity puts its adopted mission into practice. It supports and promotes the development of sustainable FAN Groups.

Two FAN friends and a small child

Our mission statement

To promote religious and racial harmony by developing and strengthening good relations between individuals of all beliefs, races and cultures, thus fostering a spirit of kinship, mutual understanding and respect among the peoples of the world.

A group of FAN friends enjoying a cuppa

Who is FAN for?

FAN Groups are for anyone friendly – anyone who wants to meet up with other people living in their community and who are willing to listen with respect.

FAN friends at the library looking at old photos

What is a FAN Group like?

We sit in a circle and the Facilitator welcomes everyone and starts the meeting.

FAN friends shaking hands

Why do people come to FAN?

People come to FAN for a wide range of reasons.

FAN friends meet in the sun

How can I get involved?

Find a FAN group that suits you. You do not have to attend your local group – find a time and location that suits you best.

Zoom Trustee meeting December 2020

Governance and the staff team

The FAN Charity was established in 2010 and is registered with the Charity Commission and is a company limited by guarantee registered with Companies House.

How are we funded?

Since the first FAN Group was formed in 2003 FAN has been supported by funders and individuals who have recognised that our mission of bringing people together in a spirit of community building and social cohesion is worth supporting – bringing benefits to participants in FAN Groups and to local communities. 

History of FAN

History of FAN

In 2003 while in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class in Grangetown, Cardiff, an adult student asked how they could meet British people to practise English.

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