Our own passion for angling, working with others and a recognition of the therapeutic abilities of engaging with nature led us to create Cast A Thought.
As a result of running several small community events and seeing the positive outcomes that were achieved, in 2022 we became a CIC, Community Interest Company, taking things to the next level and focusing our time and energy into Cast A Thought, full time.
We now provide programmes of fishing activities and projects to act as a tools to support the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at various locations across the country.
Working in partnership with local government, organisations and communities.
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At Cast A Thought CIC our mission is to provide children, young people and adults, with the tools and mechanisms for dealing with their mental health and wellbeing, through holistic, accessible for all, non-judgemental fishing activities.
Accessibility is key to what we do.
We aim to be as inclusive and accessible as is safely and realistically achievable for the services we provide.
We all know how important mental health is.
Many children and young people do not have an accessible place or space in their lives, in which they can explore their emotions and thoughts, speak to a trusted adult, or simply switch off from life and relax.
Many older adults, or those with long term health conditions, are at an increased risk of loneliness and social isolation.
Through our programmes participants will meet the five steps to wellbeing, identified by the NHS:
Connect with other people
Angling promotes community cohesion. The development of good relationships is important for mental wellbeing as they can build a sense of belonging and give an opportunity to share positive experiences. Connecting with others will also provide support and enable the giving of support to others.
Be physically active
As an outdoor sport angling contributes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Although a sedentary activity it benefits both physical and mental health. It can raise self-esteem by setting goals and challenges and achieving them, whilst being outdoors and engaging with nature are known to boost mood and health.
Learn new skills
Angling can contribute to personal and social development. Whether learning new skills, or building knowledge to support current skills, it helps to build a sense of purpose, boost self-confidence and raise self-esteem.
Give to others
Angling engages participants in community activity and can lead to other activities such as volunteering. By having a sense of purpose and supporting those around you creates positive feelings and builds self-confidence.
Being mindful of the surroundings helps participants to recognize their thoughts and feeling and be aware of the world around them. This can change the way they feel about life and how they approach challenges.
We work with organisations and individuals from across the country.
Without their support we couldn't do what we do.
If you'd like to become a partner and support Cast A Thought, get in touch via our contact page.
Meet the Team
Meet the volunteers who make up Cast A Thought