Tackling Minds angles for corporate social responsibility partnership

Date published: 28 June 2024

A not-for-profit angling organisation which aims to improve mental health through fishing is on the lookout for corporate responsibility partnership.

Tackling Minds, originally formed in Littleborough, aims to reel in individuals from all walks of life through the therapeutic power of fishing, aiding those grappling with addiction, disabilities, and mental health issues.

The organisation has seen huge success both locally and nationally - pioneering the introduction of fishing as a prescribed activity on the NHS - meaning patients can now be referred to Tackling Minds through their GP for mental health.

From its humble beginnings, Tackling Minds has become a beacon of wellness, contributing to groundbreaking scientific research linking fishing to improved mental health - even collaborating with former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman.


Dave Lyons, founder of Tackling Minds


Founder Dave Lyons started the not-for-profit venture after a decade-long battle with alcohol addiction, anxiety, and depression, finding solace and recovery in fishing.

Now, he's casting out for Corporate social responsibility (CSR) partners, hoping to net mutual benefits for both struggling individuals and businesses looking to make a difference.

Partnering with Tackling Minds isn't just about social good - businesses can expect perks like enhanced brand visibility, a positive social impact, motivated employees, and a strengthened community presence – all while supporting a vital cause.

Corporate wellbeing fishing days and volunteer opportunities are just a couple of the baited hooks for CSR partners.

Dave told Rochdale Online News: "I'm excited about the launch of our CSR partnership program.

“This initiative not only allows us to broaden our impact but also invites local businesses to play a pivotal role in supporting their community. Partnering with local businesses amplifies our efforts and embodies a shared commitment to promoting mental health and wellbeing.”



Corporate social responsibility (CSR) encompasses the impact an organisation has on society, the environment, and the economy.

Implementing an effective CSR program not only benefits society and the planet but also yields significant advantages for the business itself.

By addressing environmental and social issues, companies can enhance their reputation, build customer loyalty, and attract and retain top talent.

Engaging in CSR practices also helps businesses mitigate risks, comply with regulatory requirements, and ensure long-term sustainability. Overall, a strong program adds value to the organisation by fostering trust and goodwill among all stakeholders, including customers, employees, investors, and the communities in which the company operates.

Dave added: “(CSR) is a powerful way for businesses to demonstrate social responsibility and make a difference in people’s lives.

More on the offering can be found on the Tackling Minds website.

Or to talk to Dave directly, email: fishing@tacklingminds.org

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