FARE was started at a meeting in 1989 when a group of local people, totally frustrated by the lack of amenities in their area, decided to get together to ‘enhance the lives of the local people’. The ambition remains true to this day; deliver services that meet the social, emotional and physical needs of the community.

1989, Founded in Easterhouse

What began primarily as a youth club run from an abandoned shop quickly grew arms and legs. We were able to lease a tenement block of six flats solely to deliver services from.

1990-2000, Community Hub

FARE expanded its services for the community as a whole. A cafe was set up in the building which became a popular meeting place for many of the locals.

2003-2007, Expansion

The tenement was no longer fit for purpose. With now over fifty staff and volunteers working across the whole East End of Glasgow, it was time to move on.

2008-2010, Fundraising

Years of fundraising and establishing links with businesses and grant-makers finally paid off; FARE found themselves in a position to move on to bigger and newer premises.

2010, New Beginnings

In the summer of 2010, FARE moved into the purpose-built Bannatyne House (so called after a generation donation from entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne).

2020 - Present

We have established an even stronger identity in the community, and are able to provide further assistance & reach a greater number of people.

Bob Holman (1936-2016)

“If I have achieved anything, I hope it is seen in other people, not me.”

As we continue to expand, the model of local involvement in the planning and delivery of local services remains at our core.

Many of the Board, staff and volunteers still live locally and continue to build on the work of Bob Holman, Betty McPherson, and the other founding members who all dreamed of making their community a better place to live in.