Fishermen help Jamie to focus firmly on future

Donaldsons pupil Jamie Bailey
Donaldsons pupil Jamie Bailey
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The Future Focus initiative run by Donaldson’s School is designed to try to help former pupils move into the real world after their education has been completed.

Part of the scheme aims to encourage community groups to work with pupils as they learn communications and life skills and the Forth Area Federation of Anglers has certainly taken up the challenge.

In the last few months 17 year-old Jamie Bailey, one of the Future Focus members, contacted the anglers asking for voluntary experience.

The fishermen have offered the young would-be fisherman outstanding support with guidance and kindness which Donaldson’s said exceeded its original hopes.

Club members have also provided an array of fishing equipment for Jamie, teaching him weekly how to master the art of fishing with it and allowing him to help on land and on water.

As a result, Jamie feels he has achieved a small dream by being part of a fishing team.

He said: “With their help, I have realised a dream. I never thought it was something I would do.”

Liam Dunnachie, adult services co-ordinator with Future Focus said: “Involvement with fisheries has allowed an interest to develop into work experience, which in turn promotes confidence and transferable skills, usable now and in the future.

“We are pleased to help this young man to recognise that he too is a valued member of the community.”