Get Fishing is the Angling Trust’s campaign to get more people fishing more often. Get into fishing at hundreds of events for all ages and abilities. They are funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income
NEW: Get Fishing for Wellbeing video – NHS prescribed fishing to get into fishing for mental health
We submitted a successful bid to Natural England to run three Get Fishing for Wellbeing Pilot Projects at Walthamstow Reservoir in London.
The Project looks to improve people’s health and well-being by introducing them to angling, new friends and nature.
It included the NHS 5 Ways of Well-being: Connect With Others, Be Physically Active, Learn a New Skill, Give to Others, and Pay Attention to the Present Moment.
Participants now have the skills to go fishing and volunteer and mentor others to go fishing and improve their well-being too.
Thanks to Thames Water, Shakespeare Fishing Tackle, The Environment Agency and Angling Direct who supported the day, and of course to Natural England for incorporating angling in their programme.
About the Get Fishing for Wellbeing project and Social Prescribing of angling
One in four people will experience some form of mental health problem each year such as anxiety and depression. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused elevated levels of stress, anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Volunteering and spending time outdoors has been shown to benefit and maintain mental health and help to protect from some mental health problems. Anyone who has been fishing will know how beneficial angling is at boosting mental health and wellbeing. Going fishing involves being outdoors, or working to improve environments where fishing happens- most often near to water. We are championing quality assured angling organisations to Health Service Professionals and Community Link Workers so that consistently high-quality experiences and benefits of angling activity can be prescribed to people with mental health and wellbeing needs. That’s where social prescribing comes into play by connecting people to practical and emotional community support, through social prescribing Community Link Workers based in GP practices. In this way, social prescribing provides people with greater control over their healthcare in a way that suits them, and it can especially help people who:
have one or more long-term conditions
need support with their mental health
are lonely or isolated
have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing