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A Chelmsford supported housing resident has shown ‘reel’ enthusiasm as he ‘tackles’ a new hobby for the first time and pays tribute to his late grandfather.

Joshua on his fishing trip.

Joshua Beaumont, 23, is a resident of Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Nickleby Road service, which provides supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities.

Inspired by his late grandfather – a keen angler, as well as memories of a fishing trip when he was at school, Josh was inspired to look further into the hobby.

On his first trip, Joshua took his grandfather’s fishing hat along as a good luck charm – a move that paid off with him securing his first catch in the form of a trout.

Joshua said: “I loved going fishing, especially when I caught one! I didn’t mind whether it was big or small – I just loved the excitement of the rod shaking and then reeling the fish in!”

The trip was such a success that the keen angler is now gearing up for his second outing, and this time plans to take some friends along for a group experience.

The experience was part of the wider support package Joshua receives at Nickleby Road to develop the skills he needs to live independently.

When first arriving at the scheme, Joshua drew up a personalised support plan with SSL staff, which laid out the areas he wished to develop.

Consequently, support workers have helped Joshua access safe relationship and friendship courses via ACE Healthcare, as well as a course of cognitive behavioural therapy.

He has also taken up an LD English course at the local Adult Community Learning Centre in Chelmsford.

At Nickleby Road itself, the team support Joshua more directly with developing independent living skills like cooking, laundry, budgeting and shopping.

So great has been his progress, Joshua is now looking at moving on to living independently.

During my time at Nickleby Road, I have made new friends, attended activities on and off the scheme, and worked with my keyworker toward reaching my goals. While I like living here, I am looking forward to moving on, as this is an aim of mine.

Joshua Beaumont, Resident

Local service manager Karuna Vora said: “Josh has done fantastically well since he first arrived at Nickleby Road two years ago.

“He’s a very active and sociable resident, so the fishing has been a great way for him to channel his energy in a new hobby that he now can’t wait to share with others.”

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