Cambridgeshire care home residents rediscover past hobby with new fishing club


Residents at Home Meadow care home in Toft have been able to enjoy a much-loved pastime of fishing thanks to the launch of the home’s new Fishing Club.

Last week, Tuesday 29th August saw the first of the club’s outings to a local fishing lake in Elsworth, where residents were able to enjoy an afternoon at the lake, catching fish and enjoying a picnic lunch.

Four residents took part, including Guy and Dennis, both keen fishermen in younger years, who were excited to take up the offer of an afternoon at the lakes.

Outings to Lawn Farm fisheries will now take place on the last Tuesday of every month and all residents are welcome to go along.

The club is part of the home’s varied activities programme, which looks to provide fun and enjoyable activities for the residents, many of whom live with dementia.

Members of the Home Meadow team gave up their time to help with the outing, with the home’s gardener, handyman and a team leader going along to support the residents.

Activities Coordinator Joe Ballard, who set up the initiative said;

“It was wonderful to see the residents enjoying their afternoon at the lake yesterday. “So many of our residents were keen fishermen and women in their youth, and a big part of our focus is to make life as ‘normal’ as possible for them, by letting them do the things they have always enjoyed.  Activities like this allow this to happen and you can really see the difference it makes to them.

“My thanks go to the team at Lawn Farm Fisheries for allowing us to use their lake every month.  Our residents love getting out and about and this will be a real highlight of the month for many of them.”


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