17 May 2013
The Wave Project will be hosting a national surf competition for people with autism at Fistral Beach, Newquay in July.
Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), we will be running the Surf Challenge for Autism 2013, which is expected to draw participants from all over the country.
The Wave Project helps young people feel more positive and overcome challenges through… surfing!
We work with people from all backgrounds who are facing exceptional challenges in their lives. They may have emotional issues, special educational needs or personal difficulties that impact on their wellbeing. These challenges can impact on their confidence and self belief, which leads to further problems and difficulties.
Surfing with The Wave Project helps them to reverse the downward spiral. We encourage clients to focus on positive things, such as having fun, learning new skills, overcoming a challenge and making new friends. Our courses are designed to help them to improve their confidence and feel “cool” by pushing their boundaries in the water.
Our past clients have found themselves better able to manage their own behaviour and self-regulate; focus and re-engage with their peers; concentrate more at school and build better relationships at home. In some cases, they have gone on to become volunteers with the project, helping other young people to feel more positive.
We are a volunteer-led organisation and always welcome enquires from potential new volunteers. You have to be over 14, reasonably fit and able to sympathise and communicate with young people. In return for your time, we offer training opportunities, including nationally recognised qualifications in surf coaching, beach lifeguard and first aid. To find our more, click on the volunteer tab and send us your details!
Thank you to all our donors and funders. Our main funders include: