Our project aims to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of individuals with disabilities and associated health issues by creating outdoor social action projects focused around angling participation. These will raise self-esteem, improve confidence and encourage social interaction with members of their local community.
Consultation to date has allowed us to discover that many of the individuals we plan to support have social anxieties, lack confidence and feel restricted. Our project is intended to address this through early intervention and identify and engage those individuals most at risk of social/emotional isolation at an early stage.
For people with disabilities who have not engaged in outdoor social activities prior, we know that this project can be a life changing step forward, opening new opportunities and allowing new relationships to develop as a positive outcome.
The project has been developed in partnership with Think Ahead Community Stroke Group whose members we have recognised will benefit from this opportunity the most.
Our experiences of delivering similar programmes for young people with disabilities and health issues has helped us identify the successful and positive outcomes a project like this can achieve.
We already have the facilities, volunteers and trained staff in place to deliver this project, however, a lack of suitable fishing equipment has prevented us from progressing and we have therefore not been able to meet the demand to support older vulnerable members of the community.
We plan to use the grant to purchase the additional specialist fishing equipment that we require to deliver our project. If successful, we will commence delivery of 10 community angling coaching days that will support around 40 members from the group. This will allow us to develop an understanding of the need, scale and the long-term sustainability of the project.’