Fishing and Mental Health

Tackling Minds was formed in February 2020, in the scenic area of Littleborough, overlooking Hollingworth Lake. Two best friends, David and Simon, were inspired to start the Company, as they themselves had suffered from past mental health problems. Fishing played a vital role in them managing their illnesses. They both claim that if it wasn’t for fishing, they don’t think they’d be here to tell their story. They now want to pass on their knowledge, gained from their own experiences, to show other people who are suffering with similar issues, how fishing can benefit them too. And so, sitting on the bank with the rods in their hands, Tackling Minds was born.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Tackling Minds’ aim is to help get back our community identity and sense of purpose. It is to recreate the relationships that used to exist in our society, that somehow drifted away. We do that through bringing people together, through creating and organising fishing activities that anyone can get involved with, man or woman.Tackling minds works closely alongside local Mental Health Organisations. Our Company serves the communities of Rochdale, Oldham, Bury, Tameside, Manchester and a number of other areas in the North West region. We aim to give others the chance to experience fishing, by supplying a complete fishing setup to each and every Angler. We understand that the cost of fishing has contributed to decline of numbers in this sector in the past. By making fishing more accessible, we have seen the positive impact it has placed on people's lives.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Our aim is to integrate people back into our Communities. By increasing our marketing capabilities and working alongside local organisations, we have noticed that interest in people wanting to take up fishing is on the rise. We plan on being the building block for personal development, and to show people what fishing can bring to the table.

Areas of Interest: Community, Community centre, Disability, Health and wellbeing, Men, Mental Health, Older people, Social Welfare, Women, Young people
Opportunity suitable for: Employee Volunteers, Long term commitment, Micro, Older people, Outdoor, People seeking work, People with a visual impairment, People with restricted mobility, School students, Short term commitment, University students, With friends
What activities will the volunteer do? Lending a helping hand, Outdoors, Support Work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Outdoor work, Reasoning, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: No
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Tackling Minds