Our summer project to encourage Stroke Survivors and their carers to experience fishing as a means of getting outdoors and being active has a few more weeks to run. The project is based at Albrighton Moat and is being run in association with Stroke & Heart Survivor’s & Carer’s Group based at Blakenall near Walsall, that has members from Willenhall, Bloxwich, Aldridge, Walsall, West Bromwich and surrounding areas.
In early August we had a special Dreamstore Day to focus on fishing as a therapeutic part of Stroke recovery; improving mental well-being and helping with the process of survivors and carers getting on with life.
The day was a mix of determined anglers, family groups and the curious.
Dave found claimed his spot early, and barely moved all day.
Glen with his niece and her rather determined daughter had a great day together in a family challenge;
Bill along with his wife Wendy and grand-daughter Molly had a rewarding time together – Molly delighting her grandfather with the biggest fish of the day.
Initially Elsie wasn’t going spend much time fishing, but having given it a go, soon not only ‘caught the bug’ but also caught the prized ‘ghost carp’ of Albrighton.
Everyone attending had a wonderful day of fishing, laughter and memories.
This special Dreamstore Day focus demonstrated once again how the inclusive activity of fishing provided personal and family engagement, and a means of sharing an enjoyable experience by all who took part.
Wendy, who is central to the organisation of the local Stroke Group knows how much it means to her husband Bill on the occasions he goes fishing, and to the others who have taken part in the fishing sessions organised for the Stroke Group throughout the summer. The last of these sessions will take place in early October.
Rob Robinson, who has helped develop the brilliant work of the Catch Nature angling club in Denton, made a visit to provide guidance on getting together a group of Buddies to support the local Stroke group.
Catch Nature has developed a team of Buddies to use angling as a re-hab treatment for stroke survivors alongside the Tameside and Glossop Stroke Association. Rob tops and tails this short video of their work:
Dreamstore would like to see the programme at Albrighton this Summer and early Autumn to be the start of something similar in the West Midlands. If anyone in the Wolverhampton or wider West Midlands area would like to he Stroke group and become a voluntary fishing Buddy – you don’t have to be a great angler, just able to help with the basics – please contact us.
Our thanks to the The James Beattie Charitable Trust for funding to help make this programme supporting Stroke survivors possible.