Forward Assist Veterans Angling Academy
The Forward Assist Veterans Angling Academy was developed to introduce former Armed Forces veterans to an outdoor activity that was accessible to both disabled and able bodied personnel. The Angling Academy includes members whose abilities range from beginners to those with prior match fishing experience who are keen to improve their skills. All the angling equipment and tuition is provided to the participants at no cost and with the full support of the Angling Trust North East Regional Officer, Dave Munt. Fishing trips, both one day and multi-day excursions are also provided at a variety of venues across the North East and abroad. The Veterans Angling Academy is unique in that it provides a sea, course or fly fishing activity on a regular, on-going, long term basis. It is much more than a one day fishing trip.
The project is currently funded by a grant sourced by Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. We have also received donations of equipment by angling equipment manufacturers including specialist angling weather proof waxed jackets from The Barbour Trust.
The project is delivered in rural, outdoor settings dependent upon the type of fishing the participants are involved in. For example, sea fishing is from the shore or on a boat while course or fly fishing takes place on near a river or lake.
What are our plans for developing the project further?
We would like to mainstream this provision during the next two years as it is clearly an important route to possible employment but also a great catalyst for getting those subject to Probation Orders to positively structure their lives whilst acting as a therapeutic activity. We would like to employ a CPN to participate in these activities and utilise those former servicemen and women that have made the transition back to the civilian community and now work in a professional capacity as Probation officers, Social workers etc.
Our veterans have also expressed a desire to share their newly acquired angling skills with others. This will necessitate members taking more Level 1 and Level 2 Angling coaching courses. To this end Forward Assist are applying for grants from a number of sources.
For further information contact 0191 250 4877.