Provider Spotlight: Able Anglers

Able Anglers are taking Queensland by storm. With their love for helping participants work towards and achieve their goals through group activities or one-to-one sessions, it’s easy to understand why so many participants are turning to Able Anglers for support. Get to know more about Able Anglers and what supported activities they provide.

Group of people on an Able Anglers boat activity day
Group of people on an Able Anglers boat activity day

Who are Able Anglers?

Able Anglers are a service provider who facilitate social inclusion opportunities for people living with a disability or mental illness.

Able Anglers was formed in 2016 originally under the name Moreton Bay Able Anglers prior to the commencement of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). After the introduction of the NDIS, Able Anglers grew to include Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Logan, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns (which is why they became known as Able Anglers instead of Moreton Bay Able Anglers).

They are the longest running disability fishing and social inclusion service in Queensland and have won multiple awards including TEC’s Autism Provider of the Year and 2020/21 Mental Health Respite Specialists of the Year.

What kind of activities and support is available?

Able Anglers are predominantly focused on providing group fishing services to people living with a disability or mental illness. However, fishing isn’t all they offer.

Fishing groups are run weekly and designed to focus on mental health respite, social interactions in a fun and safe environment, as well as community participation. Able Anglers vet their locations thoroughly to ensure the safety of the locations. Mobility is also factored into the experience with all services are provided on stable platforms.

Fishing groups operate weekly from Monday to Friday in Caloundra, Bribie Island, Redcliffe, Jindalee, Wellington Point, Logan, Cairns, and Port Douglas.

Moreton Island day trips offer a catamaran cruising experience on the stunning waters surrounding Moreton Bay where there are famous shipwrecks, dolphins, dugongs, and whales that can be seen.

Customised supported day trips can be designed by request to help participants pursue their goals and dreams. Some of the day trips that Able Anglers can support are:

  • V8 Super car experiences

  • Circus experience shows

  • Boating and water sports

  • Snorkelling experiences

  • Bush walks

  • Deep sea fishing charters

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Sky diving

  • Jet ski tours

  • Segway Tours

  • Helicopter flights

  • Storey Bridge climbs

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge climbs

  • Taronga Zoo visits

  • Jet boat rides

  • Barramundi fishing experiences

  • Go-karting rides and races

Disability support worker (social support) is available through Able Anglers to assist with at home meal preparation, budgeting, scheduling appointments, attending appointments, fun days out or at home, and companion support. There are also free and low-cost events available including free games nights weekly from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday nights.

Short-term accommodation (STA) or respite support opportunities are available through Able Anglers for people living with a disability or mental illness providing them an opportunity to meet new people and try new activities, while giving carers a much deserved break. STA trips are focused on 100% inclusion, goal oriented, facilitating independence, and supporting participants to try new activities, places, and challenges while in a fun, supportive, and relaxing environment.

Two people on a jet ski giving a thumbs up
Two people on a jet ski giving a thumbs up

How does NDIS funding work to access Able Anglers Supports?

Able Anglers services can be funded from either Core or Capacity Building Supports under the Social and Community line items. If Short-Term Accommodation (STA) is necessary, this can be billed from your Core Supports.

The Core and Capacity Building Social and Community line items can make a huge difference in a participant’s life. In communications with Steven Hayes, the founder of Able Anglers, he said, “recently, we assisted a participant to access the beach and feel the water on their toes, this is something we all take for granted, but something this participant had not done for over 20 years! Not only did we assist this participant to do this, we also did it with her daughter to experience it together."

Able Anglers Community Support

"Helping participants achieve goals is the ultimate self-worth thing to do, when you can assist a person to achieve a goal, their excitement becomes your excitement.”

Among the many ways Able Anglers assist in supporting their community, they recently became a sponsor for the Qld Powerchair Football Association and through this sponsorship the QPFA were able to send two Qld based club teams to Sydney to participate in the Australian Club Championships for Powerchair Football.

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