Get hooked on fishing

Darren McGlen - Project Manager
07940 251059

Darren McGlen from GHOF Wansbeck

The Wansbeck Project.

The GHOF Wansbeck project was started in April 2007 by Darren McGlen (pictured right), a passionate sea angler who won the North East Sea Fishing Winter League in both 2005 and 2007.

The project concentrates mainly on sea angling. A recently introduced environmental programme takes participants rock-pooling. Beach-cleans are also organised and help young people understand the impact littering has on the habitat.

Darren teaching kids how to sea fish

Key Partners.

GHOF Wansbeck works closely with the following partners.

  • Positive Futures
  • Youth Offending Team
  • Wansbeck Youth
  • Various Schools
  • Pupil Referral Unit
  • Environment Agency
  • Angling Trust

Rencent Events:

Working with Repeat Offenders

As our work with adult repeat offenders involves working with DISC (Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities), we were a little held up for a few months as they were going through a major reshuffle.  DISC weren't allowing any staff to do much work and therefore we had to put the project on hold a little bit but were confident this would start up again soon, which I'm please to inform you it has. I have now worked with 19 adult repeat offenders and 9 young offenders (we still have the final part of our second project to start in the next couple of months which is with the next round of young people).

Nice Pollack. Nice Pollack

The project is being very well received by both parties and although the young people are enjoying the project, it seems to be the adult offenders who are are the most enthusiastic to not only get involved in this project but are wanting to participate with Get Hooked on Fishing on a more long term basis.  This will enable them to work with a lot more young people than I had initially envisaged. Quotes I am receiving from the adults include:-

Class Based Learning

"I've taken so much from the community I think it's about time I gave something back."

"I think its a great idea we can use our bad choices and help the young'uns make better ones."

"I really need to sort myself out quick coz this is something I've always wanted to do."

"I totally see where they're coming from when they tell me about their past life and I don't want to go down the same road. It has made me realise what could happen if I don't change."

As wel as learning a new activity which will keep them occupied rather than living the life of crime they have lived for some time now, it seems the project is making both the adults and young people realise there is more to life than what they have experienced so far. Hopefully this will have an impact on more people as we continue to run this project during the summer.

Modules and taster days are delivered regularly, whether requested during the week, at weekends or on an evening. Anyone wishing to participate in Get Hooked on Fishing can contact Darren by either email or telephone.


Get Hooked on Fishing is keen to hear from those wishing to gain further Youth Work experience or angling knowledge by way of volunteering. Please contact Darren for further information.

Delivering ASDAN:

The Wansbeck project has been busy over the summer delivering ASDAN, modular work and taster days to the National Trust, schools and projects. Whilst sea fishing is the major focus, a great day in July was had trout fishing at Derwent Reservoir.

Wansbeck project has been busy over the summer. First Ever Bass

We participated in National Fishing Week with a very successful day’s fishing at Druridge Bay. Lots of flatfish were caught and one of our participants landed his first bass.

The fishing has been very productive in the past couple of months with hundreds of fish being caught and every one has been safely returned to fight another day.

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