22 July saw one of the late Big Lunches that have been taking place in Scotland after the big day on 5 June. Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (FARE) in the east end of Glasgow held a massive event for families in the area and its working partners.
Over 700 people attended the GALA day, including local housing associations, youth groups and representatives from Glasgow City Council with the weather providing a rare sunny day this summer for the face painting, party games and live entertainment that were planned.
FARE was started in 1989 by local people with the aim of “enhancing the lives of the inhabitants of Rogerfield and Easterhouse” . The approach was for locals to work together to provide services to meet the social, emotional and physical needs of people in the area. FARE originally worked out of just one room within a flat in the neighbourhood and finally moved into a brand new, purpose-built building in June 2010. FARE’s new HQ provides fantastic facilities to local residents including a crèche, an I.T. suite, games console room, a recording studio and a community café. The building offers the opportunity for residents of all ages and backgrounds to come together and integrate.
FARE runs a number of projects that seek to capture and develop the energy, enthusiasm and talents of local people and continue to provide opportunities to enhance the lives of people from the community and beyond. Projects include workshops on territorialism and local history, skill-building residential courses and confidence-building trips and a mini Olympics.
For more information visit the FARE website at www.fare-scotland.org