Our project aims to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of individuals with disabilities and associated health issues.

by Martin Taylor in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England

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Unfortunately this project was not successful.

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.’ 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A hand written thank you letter from all of the learners at Fir Tree Fishery CIC for supporting our project.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A voucher for a free days fishing on Fir Water. Value of £7

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A one hour 1:1 angling coaching session and tuition delivered by our resident Angling Coach Mike Rudd. All equipment and bait provided.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Anyone who is able to pledge £50 towards our project will receive an official Fir Tree Fishery Polo Shirt in their chosen size.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

For such a generous donation, a plaque will be created and then placed on one of our disabled access fishing pegs recognising the significant contribution towards our project.