Taking place in the Easter half-term break, the Step Forward Team worked in partnership with Motiv8 Portsmouth to create and deliver a full day Carp Fishing and Laser Clay Shooting activity. The aim of the activity was to bring together a varied group, from across the city of Portsmouth, including young people from an open access youth group, young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award and a group of young people with additional needs.
The activity was delivered by ‘For Life Experiences’ in Romsey who specialise in delivering outdoor pursuits for young people. FLE Manager Tom worked closely with the 11 young people in teaching them the basic skills for carp fishing and the personal skills needed to improve their chances of landing a carp. These skills included body language, communication, patience and of course the art of fishing. The group were very successful throughout the morning with most pairs managing to land a fish. To complete the day the group headed off to the ‘Laser Clay Shooting Range’ for a competition and a review of the day.
“Several members of the group are socially isolated and lack confidence. This activity provided them with an opportunity to meet other young people in a safe and relaxing environment. The fishing also encouraged the group to work on their team working skills, communication and motivation.” Jon – Group Leader
“My son is quiet and isolated but this new activity, location and interaction with others was ideal to help with his social skilling.” Parent/Carer