Angling Projects - A Lifeline for Youngsters

Over the last 30 years Angling Projects has gained an enviable reputation throughout the UK as being one of the best facilities for groups of young anglers in the country. The aim of Angling Projects is to educate youngsters in the art of angling and conservation, make them aware of the dangers of crime and drugs, and to offer them an alternate pastime.  This is achieved by giving youngsters an enjoyable learning environment that fosters a reflective view of their lives, gentle persuasion of the dangers of drug abuse, and by getting them to write about their fears and aspirations. Courses are run in close association with Police youth projects and special needs groups and can accommodate children between the ages of 6 and 16.

Angling Projects was founded by Les Webber MBE back in 1976, and has had its fair share of ups and downs within that time. Disaster struck in 1990 when mindless vandals torched the centre to the ground, and with only £240 in the bank, the future looked very bleak. Through sheer will-power and a strong desire to give children at risk a secure environment, Les and his team made the decision to rebuild the centre. Second-hand building material came flooding in and people started to send in donations after they read about the tragedy in local papers

Today this amazing organisation sees over 2,000 youngsters pass through the centre every year, with their stays varying from 1 to 7 days. They come from all over the country and have complicated and difficult backgrounds.

Les and his team are always looking for kit and material to support the visiting youngsters, if you can offer any help, have a group of children who may benefit from the centre or want to find out more, visit the Angling Projects website: http://www.angling-projects.org.uk/

Philippa Dean