Through funding received from the Queensland Mental Health Commission, Access’ Men’s Shed recently took 10 clients out on a fishing and canoeing trip to lake Wyaralong, near Beaudesert. With a mixture of Syrian and Iraqi fathers and their sons, they spent the day learning about the lake and habitat, exploring islands, untangling fishing rods, learning what fishing ‘snags’ are and also cooking up snags on the BBQ. It was a wonderful trip and our clients absolutely loved it! The fathers have already been asking where they can purchase the fishing permits and hire canoes for their own independent trips. The team were able to purchase enough fishing rods for the clients to keep so they can take their sons out on future trips and continue to foster healthy relationships. Many of the clients had never been in a canoe or had ever been fishing before so it was also a chance for them to learn together and overcome some practical challenges in a safe and therapeutic environment.
Access’ Men Shed’s Father & Son Fishing Trip
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