Welcome to FAN!

FAN is an LGBT community events group. Our aim is to provide social activities and events for our community.

FAN is an innovation as much as it is an aspiration.

We want to get people together, build common interests and develop accessible networks. We aim to do this in ways that maximizes the potential for social capital and innovation within the community, by the community and for the community.

FAN is improving lives. It’s identifying and positively addressing a recognised local issue within a community, strengthening those community ties and identity. We’re building on learning lessons from  collaboration, cohesion, equality and community principles.

FAN is completely volunteer run, and relies on the community to help develop its ideas and plan and deliver its activities.

The group formed in August 2011. At the time, there seemed to be a lack of activities that would not only help bring the LGBT community together, but also show that we are vibrant and active members of the wider community as well.

FAN's remit is to be a Friendly Accessible Network that organises, hosts and promotes events and social activities for our community and our friends, families and allies with the intention of breaking down isolation, building confidence and encouraging participation.

So far we have organised Christmas Balls, carnivals, comedy shows, art exhibitions with LGBT artists and have participated in regular community events such as The Umbrella Fair. We've also collaborated with the Northampton Gay Book Group (now Q-WORD) to bring Northampton's first Lesbian and Gay literary festival - "booQfest" - to the town in 2012, and which returned in 2013 and 2014 having developed in to a Community Organisation in its own right.

FAN logo originally designed by James Ashworth