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  • Writer's pictureHelen Elstone

Fish and Chat lives up to its name

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Our Fish and Chat sessions were designed for those who are suffering from mental health and wellbeing issues, long term health conditions or were at risk of isolation. Delivered in partnership with Involve Kent and Live Well Kent and Medway our first programme at Claygate Lakes, Marden has just finished. The sessions include 3hrs of fishing followed by 1hr of sitting, drinking tea/coffee, eating cake and chatting.

Some participants had a basic understanding of fishing, whilst others were new to the sport. Starting with basic whip fishing, the group soon moved on to feeder fishing and also wanted to learn how to put together a rod and reel and make a pole rig, so that they could go fishing independently after the course.

Each participant reported that the sessions had helped with their mental health and have as a group exchanged contact details so they can get together to continue fishing.

Over the coming days we will be sharing with you videos from the participants who talk about why they came to the sessions and what they took away from them.

First up will be Ben.

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