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Welcome back to our FAN group for women with an ESOL class

  8 September 2021

Our FAN group for Women with an English Language Class starts back on Friday 17th September at the Salvation Army Grangetown and looks forward to welcoming old and new friends.

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New online FAN group for West Gwent

  6 September 2021

A new online group for those living in the West Gwent area will be starting at 10am on Monday 27th September.

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NEW FAN group in Stow Park, Newport

  6 September 2021

A new face to face group is starting at Stow Park Community Centre, Brynhyfryd Road, Newport on Monday 20th September from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

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FAN Getting out and about at the International Day of Languages 29.9.21

  6 September 2021

Come along and join FAN friends at the International Day of Languages event in Butetown Pavilion.

Face to Face FAN Groups starting up again in September

Face to Face FAN Groups starting up again in September

  4 September 2021

So good to see several groups starting back up face to face for September including The Salvation Army group for women (which includes an English class), Friday FAN for all in Grangetown and Saturday FAN at the United Reform Church in the City Centre.

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New FAN Group for Llantwit Major!

  16 August 2021

Such good news from our friends in Llantwit Major.

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Talking about future plans

  26 July 2021

Great to see so many FAN friends and supporters at our recent consultation meetings on Zoom.

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Dych chi'n dysgu Cymraeg neu siarad Cymraeg? Do you learn Welsh or speak Welsh?

  1 July 2021

Dyma ein Grŵp CAFf Cymraeg - Cymdogion a Ffrindiau yn siarad am liwiau.

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NEW - FAN group in Newport

  21 June 2021

We are very pleased to announce that we are starting a new face to face FAN group in Maindee Library , Newport on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm, commencing Wednesday 23rd June and every following Wednesday.

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Tell us what matters to you and your community! Survey

  17 June 2021

Please take a moment to complete our survey and help us make sure that FAN continues to meet the needs of our communities.

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FAN group restarting in Usk

  14 June 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Face to Face FAN is restarting in Usk Hub on Wednesday 16th June at 10am and hopes to welcome both old friends and new.

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The FAN Charity receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

  2 June 2021

The FAN Charity, a group of volunteers based in South Wales, have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

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FAN + Heritage at Cathays Library

  26 May 2021

‘Hello everyone, my name's Dan and I facilitate the FAN+ Heritage sessions which run on the second Thursday of the month at Cathays Heritage library.

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Cardiff University Interns finding out more about younger people and FAN - complete their survey please!

  24 May 2021

Hello, our names are Caitlin and Megan, and we are second year students at Cardiff University currently performing social research into youth attendance at FAN!

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A musical 60th raising funds for FAN!

  12 May 2021

Thanks so much to former FAN Development and Support Officer Ann O'Hare and her family and friends for raising a wonderful £612.50 for FAN as part of her 60th birthday celebrations.

Farewell Ceri's Sunday 3pm FAN Meeting!

Farewell Ceri's Sunday 3pm FAN Meeting!

  15 April 2021

Ceri's 3pm Sunday FAN meeting will meet for the final time on Sunday 18th April.

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Nearly 40 new Virtual FAN Facilitators trained!

  11 March 2021

During the past months we have been running and developing training sessions for people who would like to become virtual FAN facilitators.

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FAN Launches its new website!

  10 March 2021

Welcome to our new FAN website, bringing you clear, accessible information about The FAN Charity and our Friends And Neighbours groups.

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A NEW FAN group for England

  26 February 2021

Welcome to Biddulph FAN and thank you Suzanne for starting this new group.

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New Time for our Welsh FAN Group

  22 February 2021

A new time for our Welsh FAN group - 3 o'clock in the afternoon on Tuesdays.

FAN bringing people together over this challenging Christmas period.

FAN bringing people together over this challenging Christmas period.

  22 December 2020

Many of us have been disappointed that we cannot get together with friends or family over this holiday period.

Don't feel alone this Christmas join a Christmas FAN meeting

Don't feel alone this Christmas join a Christmas FAN meeting

  16 December 2020

Email Ian on wirral7@gmail. com for the joining details

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In memory of our Friend - Mumtaz Jan

  19 October 2020

Friends from the Grangetown Pavilion group will have fond memories of our friend Mumtaz Jan.

Goodbye Ann, Hello Jane - change of FAN staff in Newport

Goodbye Ann, Hello Jane - change of FAN staff in Newport

  2 October 2020

FAN has been lucky to have Ann O'Hare working as Development and Support Officer in Newport for the last year and a half.

Thank you Garfield Weston Foundation for supporting FAN!

Thank you Garfield Weston Foundation for supporting FAN!

  2 October 2020

Thank you to The Garfield Weston Foundation for their support for FAN's work in Cardiff - bringing the community together in our friendly listening groups.

Sister Anne moving to Scotland

Sister Anne moving to Scotland

  28 September 2020

Grangetown Salvation Army FAN group for women is not meeting at the moment, but for many years has enjoyed the support and friendship of Sister Anne, who looked after the little children in the group.

European Day of Languages - Saturday 26th September

European Day of Languages - Saturday 26th September

  10 September 2020

Join our FAN (Friends and Neighbours) Group on Saturday 26th September at 11am where our topic of the day will be Languages.

Job Opportunity in Newport with FAN

Job Opportunity in Newport with FAN

  6 August 2020

We are grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for support of our Fanning Out project in Swansea and Newport.

Some Virtual FAN groups are taking a summer break...

Some Virtual FAN groups are taking a summer break...

  26 July 2020

Do check our Virtual FAN list to see which groups are meeting all through July and August - some are taking a break, but plenty still available.

Meet FAN Friends - new case histories available.

Meet FAN Friends - new case histories available.

  26 July 2020

We have collected case histories from many FAN friends, including some from Virtual FAN.

Oasis Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees hosts our new FAN group

Oasis Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees hosts our new FAN group

  23 June 2020

Oasis in Splott has been busy throughout the Coronavirus emergency providing hot meals and support for Asylum seekers and Refugees in Cardiff.

Two new Virtual FAN groups from Monmouthshire and Gwent

Two new Virtual FAN groups from Monmouthshire and Gwent

  15 June 2020

We are delighted to see two more Virtual FAN groups meet weekly, arising from our Usk and Newport groups.

Small Charities Week FAN Group

Small Charities Week FAN Group

  12 June 2020

Join a virtual FAN Friends and Neighbours group using Zoom on Wednesday 17th June at 3pm.

Virgin Money Foundation supports FAN

Virgin Money Foundation supports FAN

  22 May 2020

Many thanks to the Virgin Money Foundation for their generous grant of £1,166 towards FAN's running costs - recognising the good work that we do and the difficult times ahead.

Generous Support for FAN from the National Lottery Community Fund

Generous Support for FAN from the National Lottery Community Fund

  9 May 2020

The FAN Charity is able to continue supporting the community during the Coronavirus crisis thanks to National Lottery funding and National Lottery players.

Celebrating Europe Day - remembering the FAN mission.

Celebrating Europe Day - remembering the FAN mission.

  9 May 2020

To mark Europe Day 2020 our topic today was What Europe Means to Me.

CAFf Cymraeg - Welsh FAN

CAFf Cymraeg - Welsh FAN

  5 May 2020

CAFf Cymraeg: Siaradodd pedwar ffrind yn ein grŵp CAFF heddiw.

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Cyfarfod Cymdogion a Ffrindiau (CAFf) Cymraeg Welsh-medium Friends and Neighbours (FAN) meeting

  21 April 2020

Helo, mae grŵp newydd rhith CAFf gyda ni trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg dros Zoom bob dydd Mercher 10yb.

Remembrance of times past!

Remembrance of times past!

  15 April 2020

Just before the lockdown our new Maes Y Coed FAN group in Cardiff was visited by Trainee Journalist Pamela.

Virtual FAN Tip!  Where to find the Open and Close.

Virtual FAN Tip! Where to find the Open and Close.

  15 April 2020

We know that many FAN friends are enjoying virtual FAN groups each week, but sometimes we can't all see the Open and Close - which frame our meetings.

15 Virtual FAN meetings taking place weekly! You are very welcome.

15 Virtual FAN meetings taking place weekly! You are very welcome.

  14 April 2020

Do take a look at the find a FAN meeting page to find a virtual FAN meeting at a time that suits you.

Virtual FAN groups updated 28.3.20 (first post 24.3.20)

Virtual FAN groups updated 28.3.20 (first post 24.3.20)

  24 March 2020

Here is an updated list of FAN groups taking place this week - if you would like to join a group, please message through our contact us.

Virtual FAN an exciting new direction for FAN Groups

Virtual FAN an exciting new direction for FAN Groups

  22 March 2020

Trying to be creative in these challenging times...

FAN  Open and Closing statements ready for FAN in isolation!

FAN Open and Closing statements ready for FAN in isolation!

  18 March 2020

We hope to keep in touch using technology over the next while, so you may be 'doing FAN' on your own home and may not have a copy of the Open and Close to hand.

FAN Groups are closed

FAN Groups are closed

  17 March 2020

The Coronavirus situation is changing rapidly and we are following the most recent advice of the Government and ceasing all non-essential gatherings so there will be no more FAN activity for the foreseeable future.

Many FAN groups are closed due to Coronavirus please check the find a meeting page.

Many FAN groups are closed due to Coronavirus please check the find a meeting page.

  16 March 2020

Many FAN groups or FAN group venues have closed as a precautionary measure in response to the Coronavirus.

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Friends and Neighbours Together in Llanelli off to a great start

  10 March 2020

Philippa and the gang in our new FAN group in Llanelli.

Anyone friendly welcome!

Anyone friendly welcome!

  10 March 2020

even this dinosaur...

Keeping safe in FAN - thinking about Coronovirus

Keeping safe in FAN - thinking about Coronovirus

  5 March 2020

Keeping safe in FAN, and thinking about Coronovirus.

FAN Facilitator Get Together February 2020

FAN Facilitator Get Together February 2020

  9 February 2020

Good to bring 29 FAN facilitators, staff and guests together for a half day workshop, sharing good practice and some of the challenges and joys of FAN.

FAN in Swansea and Newport funded by the National Lottery Community Fund

FAN in Swansea and Newport funded by the National Lottery Community Fund

  9 February 2020

FAN is grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for its support for work in Swansea, Llanelli, Newport and Usk where groups are growing.

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FAN Staff

  9 February 2020

The FAN Charity is grateful to its funders the Tudor Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund - these organisations allow us to employ part time staff in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport to support Facilitators and to develop FAN groups - and here we are Ann, Sarah, Janina and Philippa - nearly all present and correct, alongside our new bilingual pull up sign.

Canton Library FAN update

Canton Library FAN update

  5 December 2019

Canton Library FAN group meets most Wednesdays at 5.30pm.

St Neots FAN has moved!

St Neots FAN has moved!

  16 November 2019

St Neots FAN has voted for a move to the Art and Soul Cafe 7 New St, Saint Neots PE19 1AE opposite the museum.

St Neots FAN change of venue 9/11/19

St Neots FAN change of venue 9/11/19

  8 November 2019

This week – for one week only at the present time – St Neots FAN will meet upstairs in the gallery area of the Art and Soul Cafe, (opposite St Neots Museum) 7 New St, Saint Neots PE19 1AE from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm (i.e.

New FAN Development and Support Workers in Newport and Swansea!

New FAN Development and Support Workers in Newport and Swansea!

  14 September 2019

The FAN Charity is delighted to welcome Ann O'Hare and Philippa Wisdom who have joined the team in Newport and Swansea (respectively).

Oasis FAN is moving to Thursdays from 26th September

Oasis FAN is moving to Thursdays from 26th September

  14 September 2019

Friendly facilitators Huda and Steve look forward to welcoming you to Oasis FAN on Thursdays at 1pm from 26th September.

News about FAN Plus and visit to Wales Millennium Centre

News about FAN Plus and visit to Wales Millennium Centre

  20 August 2019

No FAN plus on Tuesday 27th August, next FAN plus Tuesday 24th September - meet at 1.25pm at the meeting point.

Ikea FAN

Ikea FAN

  19 August 2019

19th August meeting at Cadwalladers in Cardiff Bay at 11am CF10 5BZ.

FAN Plus at the Wales Millennium Centre - wear your toed shoes

FAN Plus at the Wales Millennium Centre - wear your toed shoes

  29 July 2019

Do hope that you are able to join us for FAN at WMC on Tuesday 30th July 1.30pm.

FAN on the Radio - Gill talked to Jason Mohammad 30/4/19

FAN on the Radio - Gill talked to Jason Mohammad 30/4/19

  2 May 2019

Lovely to have the opportunity to speak about FAN Radio Wales.

FAN Plus at the Wales Millennium Centre 30.4.19

FAN Plus at the Wales Millennium Centre 30.4.19

  26 April 2019

Tuesday 30th April sees our next FAN plus meeting at the WMC.

New FAN Post in Newport!

New FAN Post in Newport!

  11 April 2019

Thanks to the support of the National Lottery Community Fund FAN seeks to employ a member of staff to develop FAN in Newport and surrounding area.

NO HERITAGE FAN at Cathays Library today 7th February sorry!

NO HERITAGE FAN at Cathays Library today 7th February sorry!

  7 February 2019

7th February group cancelled, but next Heritage FAN will be on 7th March - see you then.

No FAN at Central Library - 31.1.19

No FAN at Central Library - 31.1.19

  31 January 2019

No FAN at Central Library today, 31.1.19, Sorry.

No FAN group at STAR  HUB 1.2.19

No FAN group at STAR HUB 1.2.19

  31 January 2019

No FAN group at STAR HUB on Friday 1.2.19.

Caerphilly FAN - no meeting 16.1.19

Caerphilly FAN - no meeting 16.1.19

  15 January 2019

Caerphilly FAN - no meeting 16.1.19, sorry!

Job Opportunity with FAN in the Swansea area

Job Opportunity with FAN in the Swansea area

  15 November 2018

With the benefit of Big Lottery funding, FAN is recruiting a part time Development and Support Officer to work in Swansea and area.

The FAN Charity receives Big Lottery Support!

The FAN Charity receives Big Lottery Support!

  12 November 2018

I am delighted to report that the The Big Lottery has awarded £59k over 3 years to the FAN Charity.

Have you attended a FAN group, please take a moment to complete our questionnaire

Have you attended a FAN group, please take a moment to complete our questionnaire

  12 November 2018

The FAN Charity has put together a short questionnaire to find out more about the experience of FAN participants.

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NEW FAN group starts in Swansea's Hub on the Hill

  1 July 2018

Welcome to the Hub on the Hill, in Mount Pleasant Swansea - high above the city.

New group in St Neots Cambridgeshire

New group in St Neots Cambridgeshire

  23 March 2018

Exciting news for St Neots, Cambridgeshire!

No FAN at the Pavilion on Monday 4th March

No FAN at the Pavilion on Monday 4th March

  4 March 2018

Sorry no FAN at the Pavilion on Monday 4th March, see you next week.

City Centre FAN in the cancelled 3.3.18

City Centre FAN in the cancelled 3.3.18

  2 March 2018

City Centre FAN in the United Reform Church, cancelled 3.3.18 ...

Central Library Hub FAN

Central Library Hub FAN

  1 March 2018

No FAN meeting today, 1st March, due to the weather.

New Men's group starting in Butetown!

New Men's group starting in Butetown!

  10 January 2018

We are delighted to announce a new, men only FAN group which will be taking place at  TMR, (The Mentor Ring),  Butetown Community Centre,  Unit 4,  Second Floor,  Butetown  CF10 5JA .

New group starting at The Gate arts centre!

New group starting at The Gate arts centre!

  10 January 2018

On 28th February,  a new FAN group will start meeting at The Gate arts centre in Roath, Cardiff.

No Saturday URC meeting on Sat 26th August

No Saturday URC meeting on Sat 26th August

  25 August 2017

Hello, Please note that there will be no FAN meeting on Sat 26th August,  but we will meet as usual on Sat 2nd September.

FAN in the summer!

FAN in the summer!

  11 July 2017

A few fan groups will continue to meet during the summer,  so if you want to continue to catch up with old friends and neighbours and meet new ones, check the "Find a FAN Meeting" page on this website, where the summer plans for most groups are listed.

Goodbye Ikea...hello Pavillion!

Goodbye Ikea...hello Pavillion!

  20 June 2017

Sometimes FAN groups come to the end of the road and after many years the Ikea Monday morning FAN group has closed.

Ikea FAN joining with Pavilion neighbours on 19th June

Ikea FAN joining with Pavilion neighbours on 19th June

  13 June 2017

Friends from two Cardiff FAN groups will meet together on Monday 19th June.

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Cathays Library FAN restarts 27th April 2017

  25 April 2017

Cathays Library - now in its new guise of Heritage Library will be opening its doors to FAN friends once again on Thursday 27th April at 2pm.

NEW FAN group in Edinburgh! STARTING 20th MAY

NEW FAN group in Edinburgh! STARTING 20th MAY

  13 April 2017

Exciting news, a new FAN group will start on 20th May in Edinburgh...and the first Scottish FAN group.

Exciting opportunity to work for FAN!

Exciting opportunity to work for FAN!

  4 April 2017

FAN has received funding from the Tudor Trust to employ an additional part time member of staff who will focus on the support and development of FAN groups primarily in Cardiff.

New FAN groups in Cardiff!

New FAN groups in Cardiff!

  4 April 2017

Two new FAN groups are starting in Cardiff later in April.

FAN on Radio Cardiff's Temple Vibes

FAN on Radio Cardiff's Temple Vibes

  6 March 2017

Following our lovely celebration at the Temple of Peace FAN friends have been invited to take part in Emily Williams Temple Vibes radio show on Radio Cardiff.

FAN on the Radio!

FAN on the Radio!

  20 February 2017

Emily Williams from the Temple of Peace met FAN for the first time at our recent Celebration Once Strangers Now Friends.

A visit to Ikea FAN

A visit to Ikea FAN

  13 February 2017

IKEA FAN Group which meets on Mondays at 11.00 was delighted to welcome 9 new people this morning.

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FAN Celebration

  29 January 2017

Once Strangers, Now Friends, Temple of Peace and Health, Cardiff January 28th 2017 Two hundred people attended our Once Strangers, Now Friends event, for a joyous celebration of all things FAN.

Barry FAN starts 17.1.17

Barry FAN starts 17.1.17

  17 January 2017

FAN Friends are so pleased that Barry FAN will start on Wednesday 18th January at 11.30am in Barry - in Barry Library on King's Square.

Welcoming Syrian Refugee Families in Cardiff Bay

Welcoming Syrian Refugee Families in Cardiff Bay

  14 December 2016

FAN was very happy to be part of an event in the Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay.

Sudanese FAN meeting on Saturdays

Sudanese FAN meeting on Saturdays

  19 November 2016

The Sudanese community get together is now taking place in Trinity Centre, junction of Piercefield Place and Newport Road CF24 1LE on Saturdays at 6pm.

No Saturday FAN meeting on 19th November!

No Saturday FAN meeting on 19th November!

  18 November 2016

Unfortunately FAN will not meet on 19th November, but looking forward to seeing you on 26th November - 10.30am for coffee and 11 for FAN.

FAN groups in Cardiff and South Wales are up and running!

FAN groups in Cardiff and South Wales are up and running!

  30 October 2016

Many FAN groups have taken a break over half term - but half term is over, the clocks have gone back, and the nights are definitely drawing in but FAN groups are ready to welcome you.

Sunday FAN - no group 30/10/16

Sunday FAN - no group 30/10/16

  29 October 2016

Dear FAN friends, there will not be a meeting of the Sudanese community FAN group this Sunday.

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Goodbye to Reiko and Keisuke!

  9 October 2016

Debbie from Tuesday morning Grangetown Hub FAN writes...

Saturday FAN

Saturday FAN

  27 August 2016

There will not be a meeting of Saturday FAN today, 27th August.

Two FAN groups making changes!

Two FAN groups making changes!

  24 August 2016

Zone Bridgend and Ebbw Vale FAN groups are making changes ready for September...

Picnic Wednesday 17th August

Picnic Wednesday 17th August

  16 August 2016

Bring something to eat and to sit on and join FAN friends in a picnic at the Gorsedd Gardens on Wednesday 17th August, 1pm.

Free English Classes at MADE - update!

Free English Classes at MADE - update!

  26 July 2016

Gill will be running free Advanced English Conversation Classes on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am at MADE Cafe Roath (corner of Lochaber Street and Angus Street, CF24 4PW) and then students are encouraged to join with conversation in the MADE FAN group on Thursday mornings at 11am.

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Gordon Bell

  26 July 2016

We are very sorry to share the news that our friend Gordon Bell has died.

Advanced English Conversation Classes - Book Now!

Advanced English Conversation Classes - Book Now!

  14 July 2016

Gill will be running Advanced English Conversation Classes - twice a week at MADE Cafe (corner of Lochaber Street and Angus Street, CF24 4PW) in the upstairs room starting on Wednesday 20th July - many thanks to Zoe for that upper room facility!

FAN Questionnaire Results

FAN Questionnaire Results

  12 May 2016

FAN Friends and Facilitators from groups across South Wales got together with Jane Tooby FAN Trustee and Sarah FAN Development Officer to share experiences of FAN across the region.

Treforest FAN at University of South Wales

Treforest FAN at University of South Wales

  29 April 2016

USW FAN is based on the Treforest campus, CF37 1DL.

What's in a name?

What's in a name?

  29 April 2016

What does your name mean, who gave you your name?

23rd April Saturday FAN - new venue!

23rd April Saturday FAN - new venue!

  21 April 2016

On Saturday 23rd April Saturday FAN will not be meeting in Charles Street, but in a community room at the URC Church in Windsor Place, CF10 3BZ and we do hope you can come!

FAN welcomes new trustees

FAN welcomes new trustees

  15 April 2016

FAN is governed by a board of Trustees.

All FAN groups back in action!

All FAN groups back in action!

  11 April 2016

Several FAN groups have been on holiday over Easter, but the holidays are over and the Summer Term has begun (even if the weather is not very promising today).

Warm welcome for FAN at Canton 50+ group

Warm welcome for FAN at Canton 50+ group

  11 April 2016

Thankyou to Iona Gordon and Conway Road Methodist Church 50+ group for the warm welcome on Wednesday.

FAN groups over the Easter holidays

FAN groups over the Easter holidays

  24 March 2016

Many FAN groups are taking a break over the Easter holidays - but please check our Find a Meeting page or our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/THEFANCHARITY/ to be sure.

FAN Friends from 100 Countries!

FAN Friends from 100 Countries!

  18 March 2016

FANTASTIC NEWS for our FAN Groups and our great world of international friendship.

Saturday FAN talks about beginnings

Saturday FAN talks about beginnings

  16 March 2016

A very big  meeting at the Quaker Centre at 11:00 - there must have been about twenty five of us from countries throughout the world - including first time visitors from the United States and Paraguay, and regular friends from Pakistan, Thailand and South Korea, Turkey, Lithuania and Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia and Somalia, plus Wales and England.

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FAN gets out and about

  16 March 2016

FAN staff and volunteers take up invitations to meet other organisations and to talk to people about FAN.

Saturday FAN weathers the storm....

Saturday FAN weathers the storm....

  21 February 2016

We had a surprisingly large number of people at Saturday Charles Street FAN Group at the Quaker Centre at 11:00 'considering the weather'.

Part Time Job Opportunities with FAN

Part Time Job Opportunities with FAN

  21 February 2016

FAN is looking to appoint two part time temporary Project Officers, and the closing date is coming up fast!

FAN meetings over half term

FAN meetings over half term

  15 February 2016

Many FAN meetings do take a half term break, but not all!  Check out the Find a FAN Meeting page or FAN Facebook https://www.facebook.com/THEFANCHARITY/ to see if your favourite group is meeting this week.

Saturday FAN gets sporty

Saturday FAN gets sporty

  7 February 2016

Sport and exercise was our topic today at the Quaker Centre in Charles Street, Cardiff, introduced by Paul - the first day of the 2016 Six Nations.

Job Opportunity: Temporary Part Time FAN Project Officers

Job Opportunity: Temporary Part Time FAN Project Officers

  7 February 2016

The FAN Charity is going to employ 2 FAN Project Officers in Cardiff for 5 hours a week (£9 an hour) for 3 months .

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Celtic Language School Tea Party for FAN at MADE

  1 February 2016

We had a great tea party today at MADE Community Arts Cafe.

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FAN is presented with the Pat Chown Award

  20 January 2016

Lovely celebration at Buzz FAN today as John Chown presented a donation to FAN in memory of his wife Pat.

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End of term celebration at Stacey FAN

  17 January 2016

All good things must come to an end.

FAN at Quakers 16th January 2016

FAN at Quakers 16th January 2016

  17 January 2016

Another busy meeting of Saturday FAN this morning - I wasn't counting carefully but I think we were more than 20.

FAN meets British Council Active Citizens at Cardiff Story

FAN meets British Council Active Citizens at Cardiff Story

  11 December 2015

Debbie, Sarah, Zahra, Ian, Katka and Arwa from the FAN Group in Cardiff took part in a special FAN Group meeting that took place on the 8 December 2015 in the building now housing the Cardiff Story at the Old Library in The Hayes..

Christmas times past at Canton Library FAN

Christmas times past at Canton Library FAN

  11 December 2015

The dark nights are perhaps keeping our evening numbers down so it was just four of us in the warm and comfortable room at Canton Library, where we hold our Wednesday meetings.

What FAN means to us...

What FAN means to us...

  24 October 2015

At our large Saturday FAN Group at the Quaker Centre in Charles Street we talked about FAN Groups and how each of us heard about them and what we felt FAN had given us.

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Facilitator Get Together October 2015

  21 October 2015

Great to be with so many FAN facilitators from Cardiff and Swansea yesterday.

Trinity Centre FAN

Trinity Centre FAN

  12 October 2015

Trinity Centre FAN is taking a break.

Bridgend FAN at the Zone Community Centre

Bridgend FAN at the Zone Community Centre

  12 October 2015

We have now been going now for 4 months and we are doing just fine!

Celebrating the opening of The Corner in Roath

Celebrating the opening of The Corner in Roath

  29 September 2015

Great to join in celebrations at the Corner - congratulations to Roath Park Primary on the opening of your new community facing venue.

Talking about herbal medicines at Canton Library FAN

Talking about herbal medicines at Canton Library FAN

  24 September 2015

A new topic (I think) for our FAN Group meeting tonight at Canton Library - herbal, alternative and complementary remedies / medicines.

Butetown Women's FAN group meets on Mondays...

Butetown Women's FAN group meets on Mondays...

  24 September 2015

Butetown Women's FAN Group met on Monday afternoon at 1.30pm.

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Animals (and people) at Saturday FAN

  24 September 2015

We had a good FAN meeting this morning in 43 Charles Street.

Food Glorious Food!

Food Glorious Food!

  17 September 2015

Our new FAN friends from Italy, Riccardo and Alessandra, have quickly become much-liked regulars at our Wednesday and Saturday FAN meetings.

Who would YOU invite for dinner?

Who would YOU invite for dinner?

  11 September 2015

MADE Cafe FAN Group yesterday Thursday 10th September, enjoyed meeting a visitor from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Swansea FAN going strong

Swansea FAN going strong

  11 September 2015

Great to visit FAN friends in Swansea on Wednesday.

Canton Library FAN News

Canton Library FAN News

  7 September 2015

Lovely to see such a big group of friends on Wednesday 2nd September.

Busy Bank Holiday FAN

Busy Bank Holiday FAN

  30 August 2015

We really enjoyed the Saturday FAN Group meeting today!

Cycling and walking in the city

Cycling and walking in the city

  23 August 2015

Canton Meeting 19 August 2015 - Walking and Cycling in the rain Eleven of us braved the heavy rain (again) to our Canton FAN Group meeting on Wednesday evening.

Family friendly film at Chapter

Family friendly film at Chapter

  15 August 2015

You may be interested in a film being shown at Chapter in Canton on Monday 24th August at 2pm.

Summer FAN meetings

Summer FAN meetings

  11 August 2015

FAN meetings going on at the following Cardiff venues.

Buzz meets Zone

Buzz meets Zone

  3 August 2015

Grangetown Buzz meets Bridgend Zone!

First BUZZ FAN baby!

First BUZZ FAN baby!

  20 July 2015

Congratulations to Feven and her family on the birth of baby John.

canton library goodbye Raphael 1

Goodbye Raphael!

  20 July 2015

Here is Wednesday's Canton Library FAN group in a 'team photo' saying goodbye to our madrileño friend Raphael, who is returning to Spain.

New FAN group for Ely!

New FAN group for Ely!

  17 May 2015

FAN is working in partnership with Ely and Caerau Hub.

Free Lecture and Tasters at St Fagans

Free Lecture and Tasters at St Fagans

  17 May 2015

On Wednesday 20th May our friends at the WEA (Workers Education Association) have a free adults learners' day school being held in the Oakdale Workmen‚ Institute at St Fagan's National History Museum.

Easter Holidays

Easter Holidays

  21 March 2015

Many FAN groups will be taking a break for the Easter holidays, so do try to get to a group this week, before they close.

Half Term Meeting at the Buzz in Grangetown

Half Term Meeting at the Buzz in Grangetown

  10 February 2015

Next week is half term and most FAN groups will be taking a break...

Full Time English Language Courses in Cardiff Bay and Grangetown

Full Time English Language Courses in Cardiff Bay and Grangetown

  10 February 2015

ESOL Full Time Courses starting 23rd February 2015 (Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 & Level 2) Focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as well grammar, vocabulary and cultural issues.

New Free Short Courses for the New Year

New Free Short Courses for the New Year

  5 January 2015

Cardiff Met University is putting on a range of new short courses in 2015, including Introductions to Health and Social Care, Youth and Community Education.

Free Health & Wellbeing Event in Butetown

Free Health & Wellbeing Event in Butetown

  16 November 2014

Wednesday 19th November 10am to 3pm at The Culture and Media Centre, Loudoun Square, Butetown (in the building above the doctor and chemist).

FAN on TV!!

FAN on TV!!

  9 November 2014

On Monday 10th November at 5.30pm and 8.30pm FAN may well feature on MADE in Cardiff TV's news show Hello Cardiff.

Women in Community Leadership

Women in Community Leadership

  18 October 2014

Women in Community Leadership is a FREE course run by Women Making a Difference in Cardiff.

Canton Library FAN

Canton Library FAN

  17 October 2014

We meet weekly on Wednesdays at 5.30pm, and have recently enjoyed speaking and listening on topics ranging from food, films, celebrations and technology.

Good News from Turkey

Good News from Turkey

  30 September 2014

Hello FAN friends, many of you remember Ziya who went back to Turkey a few weeks ago.

Good News! Central Library Conversation Group Restarts

Good News! Central Library Conversation Group Restarts

  24 September 2014

Many FAN friends have found the conversation group at the Central Library a wonderful place to develop their English skills.

Belle the next screening for the Women's Film Club

Belle the next screening for the Women's Film Club

  24 September 2014

October is Black History Month, and we're delighted this month to be screening a period drama with a difference.

Cardiff City of Sanctuary, Universities of Sanctuary

Cardiff City of Sanctuary, Universities of Sanctuary

  24 September 2014

Free event at the Temple of Peace CF10 3AP in Cardiff on Tuesday 7th October at 7pm.

Active Citizens! New Course for Women

Active Citizens! New Course for Women

  16 September 2014

Women Making a Difference (WMAD) are running a new free course for women at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.

Central Library Conversation Group

Central Library Conversation Group

  16 September 2014

Many FAN friends have enjoyed the conversation group at the Central Library and will have missed it since the library has closed on a Wednesday.

Women Making a Difference in Cardiff

Women Making a Difference in Cardiff

  6 September 2014

Women Making A Difference have some interesting new courses starting this autumn.

Caz, Carol-lynn

Caz, Carol-lynn

  2 September 2014

The FAN Charity was saddened to hear of the death of Carol-lynn whom we knew as Caz.

FAN goes out and about at Riverside Festival

FAN goes out and about at Riverside Festival

  31 August 2014

Zahra, Debbie and Sarah enjoyed their windy (and sometimes rainy) afternoon at the Riverside Festival.

Women of the World Film Club

Women of the World Film Club

  7 July 2014

The next screening in the WOW Film Club for women only, will be at Chapter on Wednesday 16th July at 10am.

Women Making A Difference Free Courses

Women Making A Difference Free Courses

  6 July 2014

FAN women - you may be interested in some new free courses offered by Women Making a Difference.

A blooming lovely tea party!

A blooming lovely tea party!

  25 June 2014

Some of us thought we would take our international FAN friends to a very British tea party which was raising money for charity in a private house and garden.

Refugee Week at the Central Library

Refugee Week at the Central Library

  25 June 2014

Zahra and Sarah represented FAN at the recent event at the Central Library.

Refugee Week at the Central Library

Refugee Week at the Central Library

  13 June 2014

Come to a free special event at the central library on Tuesday 17th June from 12 noon to 4pm.

WOW Women's Film 17th June at Chapter

WOW Women's Film 17th June at Chapter

  6 June 2014

Many FAN women have enjoyed the special screenings of films at Chapter.

MBE awarded at Windsor Castle

MBE awarded at Windsor Castle

  25 May 2014

On Tuesday 14th April, 2014 four FAN Trustees went to Windsor Castle to collect the MBE which Gill felt she accepted on behalf of all of you who support FAN Groups.

Cardiff Met Summer School

Cardiff Met Summer School

  8 May 2014

Cardiff Metropolitan University Summer School runs for 2 weeks in July, follow this link for more information about free courses (some post code restrictions apply).

FAN stories

FAN stories

  8 May 2014

Did you know you can download four free stories written by Gill, FAN founder?

Language Course & English Classes

Language Course & English Classes

  29 April 2014

I've attached a couple of links that could be of interest for others.

New FAN Group in Canton Library

New FAN Group in Canton Library

  29 April 2014

We are working with Ceri at Canton Library and will start a new FAN group on Wednesday 30th April from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

International Women's Day Event

International Women's Day Event

  2 March 2014

Event for women from all around the world in Trinity Methodist Church Adamsdown, CF24 1LE

The Best of Bollywood!

The Best of Bollywood!

  28 February 2014

The WOW women's film club is teaming up with the Wales One World Film Festival to bring you the Best Of Bollywood Live at the Samaj Hindu Temple in Grangetown.

Minority Ethnic Communities Health Fair

Minority Ethnic Communities Health Fair

  11 February 2014

On Wednesday 5th March 2014 the annual Minority Ethnic Communities Health Fair will take place at City Hall between 9.15am and 3pm.

FAN Friend's News from China

FAN Friend's News from China

  23 January 2014

Da Jia Hao!

WOW Women's Film Club Wednesday 5th February

WOW Women's Film Club Wednesday 5th February

  23 January 2014

Our next screening will be "MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM".

News from FAN in Pakistan: cricket and a picnic!

News from FAN in Pakistan: cricket and a picnic!

  23 January 2014

I hope that you are doing good and must be very busy in your FAN activities.

Wadjda - FAN women go to the movies

Wadjda - FAN women go to the movies

  19 November 2013

On Tuesday 11th November the Riverside FAN group suspended operations and some of us went along to Chapter to watch Wadjda, as part of the WOW Women's Film Group.

Women's Film Club

Women's Film Club

  29 October 2013

The Film Club is back!!

Black History Month - local events start 27th September 2013

Black History Month - local events start 27th September 2013

  19 September 2013

Every October throughout the UK, Black History Month celebrates the achievements and contributions of Black people to the development of British society, technology, economy and arts & culture.

FAN working with Cardiff and Vale College

FAN working with Cardiff and Vale College

  13 September 2013

Gill and Zahra have made excellent links with Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) - so much so that in November CAVC will have a FAN group for students as part of their Wednesday afternoon enrichment programme.

Thank you... to Esmee Fairbairn

Thank you... to Esmee Fairbairn

  17 October 2011

We want to say a big 'thank-you' to Esmee Fairbairn for giving us a grant to help spread FAN Groups.

Amy working hard for a Nepal School

Amy working hard for a Nepal School

  11 October 2011

We have all been so busy we haven't even had time for news!

News from Jason who is back home in China

News from Jason who is back home in China

  28 December 2010

Hi everyone, We have had a lovely email from Jason.

Thanks to the Trustees for help in 2010

Thanks to the Trustees for help in 2010

  22 December 2010

Thanks to all FAN Charity Trustees for their invaluable advice, help and support in 2010.

Representatives of the public give support

Representatives of the public give support

  24 November 2010

We are pleased Jenny Randerson and Jenny Willots have joined the FAN Charity on Facebook.

The FAN Charity is on Facebook

The FAN Charity is on Facebook

  7 November 2010

Llanelli Multicultural network has helped us to start a Facebook Page.

Joint Project with SIS (Somali Integration Society) 2010

Joint Project with SIS (Somali Integration Society) 2010

  16 August 2010

We were delighted to be asked if we would like to help SIS with a short course for those unemployed - on Self Management.

August 2010 A 'first' for Llanelli and Carmarthenshire!

August 2010 A 'first' for Llanelli and Carmarthenshire!

  3 August 2010

The FAN (Friends and Neighbours) Group held its first meeting in the county on Wednesday 28th July in Lakefield Hall, Llanelli.

FAN Groups open during August

FAN Groups open during August

  1 August 2010

You don't have to miss out on FAN meetings during August, the following groups are running: Mondays & Wednesdays: FAN at IKEA, Cardiff 10.30-11.30 (some are meeting at 10 am for 99p breakfast first!) Wednesdays: Llanelli FAN at Lakefield Hall at 10.30-11.30am (see below for contact details).

Llanelli

Llanelli

  10 July 2010

Great news, we are hoping to announce the start of a FAN Group in Llanelli shortly - watch this space!

FAN at the Ely Festival - 12/6/10

FAN at the Ely Festival - 12/6/10

  10 June 2010

Communities First Ely and Caerau are hosting a FAN meeting in their tent on the Festival field opposite Western Leisure Centre at 1pm.

Exciting news from Swansea!

Exciting news from Swansea!

  9 June 2010

FAN now has a second group starting in Swansea on the 14th July at the Oxfam Bookshop, Castle Street at 7pm.

Charitable Company

Charitable Company

  21 May 2010

The year seems to have been racing through for FAN.

May update

May update

  21 May 2010

Here we are in May.

Changes for FAN

Changes for FAN

  7 April 2010

Amy has now left post to pursue new work doing editing with the BBC.

FAN goes to Hollywood!

FAN goes to Hollywood!

  25 February 2010

It was lights, camera, action for 14 FAN Attendees last July when we filmed a FAN Meeting!

The 'FAN Goes North' Tour!

The 'FAN Goes North' Tour!

  25 February 2010

Before Christmas 2009, Gill, Nick, Zahra and I travelled to North Wales to meet with people who had contacted The FAN Charity, expressing an interest in setting up a FAN Group in their area.

Tudor Trust Grant

Tudor Trust Grant

  25 February 2010

We are delighted to have received a grant from Tudor Trust to enable us to have a part-time FAN Development Officer for the next two years, from 2010-12.

Amy Leaving the FAN Charity

Amy Leaving the FAN Charity

  25 February 2010

To everyone involved in The FAN Groups, I am very sad to say that I will be leaving the post of FAN Development Officer on Friday 12th March.

Ebbw Vale

Ebbw Vale

  25 February 2010

Two FAN Groups have started in Ebbw Vale and are at fledgling stage.

Swansea FAN Group

Swansea FAN Group

  25 February 2010

Last November, Gill, Zahra, Nick, Omar and Amy went to meet with supporters of Swansea City Of Sanctuary to give a presentation about The FAN Groups.

Newport FAN Group

Newport FAN Group

  25 February 2010

The Newport FAN Group started in August 2009 and now has more than 15 members who attend the group on a regular basis.

Wrexham FAN Group Coming Soon!

Wrexham FAN Group Coming Soon!

  25 February 2010

We were delighted to welcome Maggie to Cardiff this week.

New Development Officer

New Development Officer

  25 February 2010

As FAN is moving forward so quickly we needed immediate cover for Amy leaving and a loyal FAN attender from early FAN days.

Minister Brian Gibbons visits FAN

Minister Brian Gibbons visits FAN

  23 September 2009

We were pleased when we were asked if Brian Gibbons, The Government Minister for Social Justice and Local Government could come to a FAN Meeting.

The Oxford Muse invites FAN attendees to a 'Conversation Dinner'

The Oxford Muse invites FAN attendees to a 'Conversation Dinner'

  20 August 2009

The Oxford Muse Conversation Dinner at Ikea Wales was a wonderful success, with nearly 80 people attending who attend FAN Groups or have supported the FAN Charity.

Zahra and Gill at Whitehall for ABNI

Zahra and Gill at Whitehall for ABNI

  9 April 2009

Zahra and Gill were invited to the Banqueting Room at Whitehall.

Millenium Stadium Trust Fund supports The FAN Charity

Millenium Stadium Trust Fund supports The FAN Charity

  7 April 2009

Following on the success of last year’s grant The FAN Charity is pleased that further funding has been awarded to the charity from the Millennium Stadium Trust Fund.

FAN Development Officer

FAN Development Officer

  27 February 2009

Our new FAN Development Officer Amy Cuff joined us on 1st September.

Naturalisation and Integration Meeting

Naturalisation and Integration Meeting

  27 February 2009

Zahra and Gill are to attend a meeting at Whitehall for ABNI - the Advisory Board for Naturalisation and Integration.

Going forward

Going forward

  27 February 2009

We are aiming to set up a FAN Group in Newport.

Oxfam Cymru backs The FAN Charity

Oxfam Cymru backs The FAN Charity

  25 February 2009

The FAN Charity have joined in partnership with Oxfam Cymru, after being awarded financial backing from Oxfam, enabling The FAN Charity to continue their work over the coming year.

Welsh Assembly Government support The FAN Charity

Welsh Assembly Government support The FAN Charity

  25 February 2009

The good work of The FAN Charity has been recognised by the Welsh Assembly Government, as we were asked to submit information so that we could be placed on their website as a good example of voluntary groups working for community cohesion.

July Wedding

July Wedding

  25 February 2009

The FAN friends met at the Salvation Army, Grangetown to celebrate the recent wedding of Agnieszka and Wotjek.

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