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.
Curnie Clubs in Fife
Curnie clubs are a new initiative born of the need to tackle isolation and loneliness within our communities in Fife.
Our aim is to support people, to take their place back in society.
Isolation and loneliness often can be accompanied by mental health issues, drug and /or alcohol problems and social withdrawal. We would be identifying need and barriers to change with group work and regular review. Often goals can change and they do very quickly in a lot of cases, so we fully expect to be action planning and goal setting several times in the first few weeks with us, this is facilitated by each club member having a dedicated project worker
Minimum Pricing Legal?
After a lot of lengthy debates and discussions, on Friday 21 October 2016, the Court of Session refused the Scotch Whisky Association's appeal over the minimum pricing of alcoholic drinks. This action reinforced their earlier judgement that minimum pricing is a legal, effective and proportionate measure to protect public health and life.
The case had been referred to the European Court of Justice which said it was ultimately for the national court to determine whether other measures, ie taxation, could protect public health and life as effectively as minimum pricing, while being less restrictive of trade in general.
The Scottish judges said that "...the fundamental problem with an increase in tax was simply that it did not produce a minimum price," adding that supermarkets could absorb any tax increases.
FASS is pleased to announce that we have received a Big Lottery Grant Award of £149,750 for our Curnie Clubs project.
"Fife Alcohol Support Service will use this two year award to facilitate a group based peer support programme for adults (aged 26 – 49 years) who have become socially isolated as a result of living with a range of challenging circumstances. The programme will connect people into their local communities through Curnie Clubs (curnie is a Scots word for a small number/company), which will build members' confidence through both personal and group work.