We were honoured to deliver a Charity Firewalk for FASA (Forum for Action on Substance and Abuse and Suicide Awareness) on Thursday 31st October 2013 at their Eden Village project in Ballywalter.

FASA EDEN Project is a Rural Social Economy Facility based around FASA Services, Eco Therapy/horticulture, Crafts, Coffee Shop, Family support and Outdoor Pursuit Activities, Community Safety Initiatives i.e. StreetSafe (Detached work with young underage drinkers).

The over all aim of Eden is to reduce isolation, promote community safety, reduce alcohol and drug related crime and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the rural area of the Ards Peninsula but with very practical elements that can have many other positive impacts in this rural community such as; employment skills training, tourism and enhancing local economy in the area.

This project has been developed and driven by the needs of local people. Suicides have affected many if not all of the villages and areas of the Peninsula, Young People and Underage Drinking is a common theme and concern.

FASA have an excellent reputation and support for the services they provide to individuals, families and communities regards issues of crisis  suicide, self harm, substance misuse and mental health. This has many strand including prevention, intervention, treatment, crisis response, community safety – working with schools, local community groups, families, vulnerable people and young people at risk.

This project is specifically aimed at prevention, early intervention & ongoing support

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The aim of the Firewalk was to provide FASA’s supporters with an opportunity to try something new, face their fears, challenge their limiting beliefs and raise money for their ongoing work.

The Firewalk was part of a Halloween Community Party at Eden Village which was really well attended by the local community as well as members, volunteers, staff and supporters of FASA.

All 30 brave participants took part in the training seminar and then walked across a 4m fire-bed with over 1200 onlooking supporters.

Well done to everyone that completed the Firewalk and a big word of congratulations to Lorna, Sam, Ryan and the rest of the team for providing your local community with a night to remember!