Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse

Who we are

Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse

Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (FARE) is a voluntary organisation based in Easterhouse in the east end of Glasgow. A grassroots charity, it was established in 1989 by local people in response to the lack of support and opportunities in the community, especially for families and young people.

The aim of the organisation is to enhance the lives of the inhabitants of Rogerfield and Easterhouse, by providing a range of services to meet the social, emotional and physical needs of local people.

Originally, the organisation was based in a room within a local flat, moving later to a flat in a tenement block. In the summer, their new purpose-built facility, Bannatyne House, was opened. FARE own the building and the land on which it was built.

As geographical boundaries have expanded, so has the reach of FARE's services. They now have over 20 staff and volunteers to help with their delivery and in June this year, they moved into a brand new purpose built building. The Management Board for FARE are all local people.

What we do

FARE is primarily grant funded, from a variety of private and public sector resources including Inspiring Scotland, The Big Lottery, Glasgow Housing Association, the Bannatyne Trust, the Moffat Charitable Trust and Sport Relief.

They also generate their own income through delivering training and sharing their expertise to various organisations. A summer grass cutting scheme also brings in income. The move to the new purpose-built premises has increased the opportunity to generate more income, through hiring out the hall for a variety of functions and the meeting rooms. The organisation also hires out its mini bus and outward-bound equipment. The community café also brings in revenue. The cafe is open daily, providing a range of snacks and meals. There is a part-time cook, supported by volunteers. There is also a fully kitted out recording studio which is also hired out.

FARE works closely with partner organisations, ranging from local housing associations, local schools, community planning partners and John Wheatley College, to deliver their extensive range of services and support for local people. Their work enables local people of all ages to come together, learn new skills and develop their confidence.

Since April 2007, eight different projects to tackle local issues within Easterhouse have taken place within the communities and have involved local housing organisations, agencies and various generations of local people - from nursery school children, to teenagers and grandparents alike.

FARE work with local young people to produce the Young Voices magazine, which provides information on what's happening in their area and also provides an opportunity for young people to express their views on relevant issues. This magazine in produced in partnership with John Wheatley College and is made available on the Easterhouse website, to reach a wider audience.

Now in it's sixth year, the Mini-Olympics Programme involves delivering a four-week athletics programme to all primary seven pupils in the Greater Easterhouse area. This programme culminates with an event at the Kelvinhall International and around 700 children, teachers and parents were involved at the last event in June. Partner organisations provided packed lunches, fruit, water and transport for the event.

FARE deliver a range of projects and programmes for young people in the Greater Easterhouse area. The projects are focused on helping the young people to address the challenges and issues they face. Through focused events and activities, young people can improve their communication skills, build their self-esteem, get experience of team working and gain independent living skills.

The Mer Tae Me Project is a 15 week personal development programme for young people heavily involved in gang and territorial issues, and those at high risk. The programme involves issue based workshops addressing a range of issues including gangs and territorialism, alcohol and drug abuse, anti-social behaviour and moral reasoning. A range of indoor and outdoor activities are arranged for the weekends - a time when most anti-social behaviour occurs - and includes football, bowling, mountain biking and gorge walking. This project is funded from a range of sources including Sport Relief, local housing associations and has also received private sector investment. The local housing associations refer some of the participants to the group, and the changes to their behaviour, and the benefit to the wider community have been recognised through the reduction in anti-social behaviour.

In partnership with Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Services and local housing organisations, FARE deliver the Territorial History Project. Working with primary seven pupils within the greater Easterhouse area of Glasgow, the project highlights the dangers of being involved in a gang and to tackle territorial issues. The programme consists of a one hour session per week for eight weeks. The young people are shown various DVDs highlighting the dangers of gang violence, and the choices they face along with the consequences of their actions and long term affects. The young people participate in creative writing such as stories, poems and posters to deter young people into joining gangs, a visit to the police museum at Pitt Street, as well as participating in the Fire Reach programme to deter young people making hoax calls and the dangers of hydrant abuse and to help reduce attacks on the fire fighters. This project is funded through Sport Relief, Glasgow Housing Association and Wider Role. An in-kind contribution is provided by Strathclyde Police who deliver one of the workshops. The Fire Reach programme is delivered by Strathclyde Fire Service and is incorporated into the wider programme.

Funding from Inspiring Scotland enabled FARE to employ three outreach workers - More Choices More Chances (MCMC) officers - to work with S3 and S4 pupils in Glasgow. Their role is to assist the pupils to address moral thinking and reasoning, conflict resolution, community involvement and peer education. Some of these issues are also addressed in partnership with the emergency services. The young people involved in the schools will also benefit from getting registered with the Duke of Edinburgh award and will be given the support needed for them to get the bronze or silver award. This will be invaluable to their self development but also when they venture out into the world of work. The MCMC officers will provide continuing support for the young people even after they leave school and assist them with the transition into further education, employment or training. In addition, FARE are working with 14-19 year olds on an outreach basis throughout Glasgow's East End, providing support for them to develop the skills and confidence to move on into further education, employment or training

The Fire Reach Programme is designed to help young people understand the job the fire fighters do on a daily basis, and to highlight the dangers of hoax calls and hydrant abuse. There are two types of course available for the territorial history project and the Mer Tae Me personnel development course. The young people participating in the territorial history project have a one hour session in the classroom then a visit to their local fire station on the Saturday which lasts for four hours. This gives the young people a brief chance to experience what it is like to be a fire fighter - each individual is given their own uniform and carries out various tasks. The Mer Tae Me young people will attend for three hours per week for four weeks. This is more in depth, with the young people visiting various fire stations participating in some demanding, challenging tasks to get a feel for the job fire fighters undertake. The fire reach programme has been successful in reducing attacks on fire fighters, hoax calls and hydrant abuse. Every individual who participates receives a certificate to acknowledge their effort and participation.

A befriending programme is also in place, which involves local adults developing a supportive relationship with a local young person. Meeting frequently and sharing in a common activity, the relationship offers vital support and encouragement to young people as they grow up and face every day issues. Befriending provides companionship for isolated people while providing opportunities to develop new relationships and to participate in social activities. A child or young person may be referred by social or community workers, education staff, psychologists or concerned relatives who do not want social work intervention. FARE uses youth clubs, sport and art activities, family support groups, holidays and adult mentors to engage with children and young people.

FARE also provides a Family Support Service which offers various types of support to families who require assistance. This may include help with returning to work, going to college, benefit and childcare issues or just a chat over coffee. Through linking closely with the schools, FARE are able to identify families and young people in need of that little bit extra help at Christmas.

Moving to the new purpose built, accessible premises has enabled FARE to provide a wide ranging programme that offers something for all sectors of the community. An extensive programme for adults in place, offering computer classes, keep fit, including a class for chair bound and elderly people, relaxation and massage, art classes and carpet bowls. Various partners, including John Wheatley College and Glasgow Life, as well as a number of local volunteers, support this programme.

What next?

FARE will continue to capture and develop the enthusiasm, energy and talents of local people and strive to provide a range of services and opportunities to enhance the lives of residents from this community and beyond.

In the current economic climate FARE, as with many organisations, are facing a number of challenges. However, they hope to maintain existing services, to provide valuable support to the local community. This will be achieved through a programme of recruitment and training for volunteers, increasing income generation and, where possible, reducing waste.

Contact details

FARE
Bannatyne House
31 Drumlanrig Avenue
Easterhouse
Glasgow
G34 0JF
Telephone: 0141 771 9151
Email: info@fare-scotland.org
www.fare-scotland.org/