The Friday Night Alternative or “effenay” as it is more affectionately known, is an initiative that aims to give people with ongoing substance misuse issues, an alternative way to experience what we know to be ‘trigger points’. Since Friday’s are for many, the start of the weekend, it is a day commonly associated with euphoria as people break from work and other similar commitments. However, it may also be one of sadness as those with broken family ties and other kinds of personal traumas are brought back to those realities. FNA is a way we can challenge long-held and divisive ideas connected to self-worth by engaging participants in activities they may not have previously considered, or had the opportunity to partake in but which they can now use to redefine how they live their lives.
Inspirit is grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for supporting this project.