The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) is delighted to announce that their organisation has been shortlisted for the Spark Change Awards in the Campaigner, Storyteller, Includer and Connector categories.
FASN is one of eighteen organisations who have been shortlisted as finalists across six categories.
The aim of the Spark Change Challenge Awards is the celebration of people and groups working across Ireland who are working towards making their communities socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
FASN are endeavouring to play its part in that regard. Today, the Network is led by volunteers in line with what is currently considered Best Practice. FASN support families affected by substance misuse and strongly believe that no one should have to live with the isolation and stigma that drug misuse can bring.
Jackie McKenna, Project Coordinator said ”I’m delighted that FASN has been shortlisted in the Spark Change Awards. This achievement is an endorsement of the ‘whole of our organisation’ from our community volunteers to the family members who avail of our services; our approach to sustainability, as reflected in our continuous overall approach, is ‘to place sustainability at the core of our community- by supporting and helping families help themselves’.
“Providing support to family members of those experiencing addiction is our particular goal and focus. Our ability to make a difference to family members’ lives across our communities in the North East is a huge source of pride in our organisation”.
The Family Addiction Support Network is a dedicated service for family members and concerned persons affected by a loved one’s addiction. They address the needs of families affected by addiction based on a model that utilises the narrative of families valued as ‘experts by experience’. The voice of families helped influence the Regional & National Policy makers to identify and go somewhat to address needs of families recognising them as service users in their own right.
The goal of FASN is to assist families in the North East to achieve a greater understanding of addiction, the negative impact it has had on their ability to engage with positive life opportunities and to help them improve their own quality of life and if they choose to, help them fulfil a positive role in the recovery of their loved one.
FASN have established five groups over the four counties to engage with communities and also offer a 24/7 Telephone Helpline and Social Media presence to reach a very large rural geographic area.
The winners will be announced at the Spark Change Awards in Dublin Castle on 18 October.
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