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Creating Meaningful Impact

Since our launch in 1986, the team at FASS (Family Addiction Support Service) has worked tirelessly to promote our cause. We are fortunate to have volunteers and staff from all walks of life who bring their unique expertise and resources into everything we do. This is what enables us to achieve our goals year after year.

While there is always more that can be done, there is no doubt that we are making a significant impact. We don’t measure our success through just facts and figures, but through happy faces and heartwarming feedback. See how you can become part of the difference.

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Manager (2023)


Finance Officer (2018)



Family Support Practitioner (2021)



Family Support Practitioner (2019)

Sarah Ellis

Sarah joined the FASS team as a Service Manager in
August 2023. Sarah is an experienced, qualified manager with a background in
Health & Social Care. 

Sarah’s last role was as Community Services Manager
for a charity supporting people with mental health and neurodiversity. This
includes providing supported living accommodation and managing a large team
supporting people in their own homes. 


“I am passionate about supporting people to
live their best lives, however, I have never had the opportunity to support
families and loved ones of those that face the challenges. Families, loved ones, and carers are often greatly overlooked for all they do with our communities.
So it a wonderful to get involved here at FASS."

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Mandy MacFarlane

Mandy joined FASS in 2018 and she is currently our Finance Officer. Mandy has a HNC in Accounts, an ICM level 3 in Credit Management, and also an SQA for completing an Introduction to Counselling course. She has previously worked in admin for 28 years, with experience in credit control and Intellectual Property, and has volunteered for various cancer charities over the years.

“Through my years of volunteering alongside my Full-Time employment, made me realise that I wanted to reshuffle my career options. Helping out with cancer charities brought me to the realisation that I wanted to channel my focus on being a person who could make a long-lasting impact on the lives of those in need.”

“It would have been easy for me to stay in my previous sector of work, as I had worked there for a very long time, however, I am glad I took the risk and followed my heart to where my passion led me, and I can safely look back on my time since I started at FASS and say I have enjoyed every minute. I’m very lucky that FASS gives me the platform to support people, as well as being able to implement the skills I developed in my previous role, into my current position.”


Denise Golder

Denise joined the FASS team in August 2021 as an Outreach Family Support Practitioner, to work with clients in their own communities or homes, providing them with the necessary support around a loved one’s drug or alcohol misuse.

Denise brings 18 years of experience to our team, working in employability services for 12 of those years to help enhance the skills of young people in boosting their chances of employment, and 6 years in a residential homeless unit, offering guidance to young citizens on how to live safely in their own homes.

“Throughout nearly two decades of providing support to those in need, I feel like I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge on the best methods to offer vital guidance. I have facilitated CV workshops, one-to-one support, and also training sessions within construction to deliver manual handling and safety awareness to groups, amongst many other things.”

“Seeing the lives of clients dramatically improve as a result of the guidance I have offered, gives me great satisfaction and fulfilment in life. I have a strong desire in helping clients which is what FASS is founded on – so when I witness the positive changes over the course of someone’s support period, it means that I can go home each night with a smile on my face knowing that I have achieved something great.”

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Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy is our Family Support Practitioner and joined FASS in 2019.  Kathleen brings with her a wide range of experience including a working within addiction, mental health and the elderly. Kathleen also has experience of working within the Third Sector.

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Health and Well-Being Coordinator (2022)



Volunteer and Wellbeing Group Coordinator (2023)



Communications Lead (2023)

Elisa Campagnolo

Elisa joined the FASS team as a Volunteer in 2019, and then became our Health and Well-Being Coordinator in 2022. She is a qualified Complementary Therapist, and is trained to work with a wide variety of clients, including those with cancer and life-limiting illnesses.

Some of the available treatments include: Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy, Hot Stones, Facials, Reflexology, Reiki and Crystal Therapies.


“Working at FASS gives me the opportunity of doing the job that I love and offer free treatments to people from a great background diversity. Knowing that our clients can dedicate one hour of their time to just themselves, their relaxation and personal care brings me immense joy.”

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Annemarie McRobbie

Annemarie joined the team in 2023 as Volunteer and Wellbeing Group Coordinator.

With many years of experience both as a volunteer and supporting volunteers I feel confident that I understand the challenges of volunteering. I am a problem solver and looking forward to the challenge of assisting the volunteers and group members in any way possible.

I am looking to ensure the experience of our volunteers and group members is as smooth and positive as possible while they are with FASS.

I have an interest in first aid, mental health and health in general.


Vicky Chung

Vicky is a communications professional with a passion for making a difference. As the Communications Lead for the charity FASS, she brings years of valuable experience in social media management and administration to the forefront. With a keen eye for detail and a creative flair, Vicky is dedicated to amplifying the voices of those in need and raising awareness for FASS's important mission. Her expertise in crafting compelling narratives and engaging content has helped FASS connect with supporters, donors, and stakeholders on various digital platforms. Through her strategic approach and dedication to social impact, Vicky plays a crucial role in advancing FASS's goals and promoting positive change in the community.

Our Board


Sadie is a committee member of the Kinship for the future North and Scottish Kinship Alliance and has been involved with FASS for many years. Sadie plays an active role in her group and the community.


Anna was a founding member of GAFSG before it changed to FASS. Anna also plays a vital role in her own group and was a member of the Blackhill FSG.


Marie is one of the founding members of the Bereavement Group and was involved in starting the FASS Remembrance Quilt. Marie also helps to run a Family Support Group in Govan.


Graham works as a Business Intelligence Analyst within Police Scotland and he has a wealth of knowledge in accounts and finance.


 Isabel has been involved with FASS for many years and plays an active role in her community.

Our Volunteers

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