A new approach to wellbeing

Improving confidence

Celebrating Difference

Sharing the Stoke!

At the Wave Project, we help young people to reduce anxiety and improve confidence through surfing! Our award winning surf courses are proven to help clients feel calmer, more motivated and better about their future.

 

Testimonials

I felt like an actual surfer and I’m more confident about going into the water. I can now stand on a surf board, I can challenge those huge waves and I’ve made new friends that if I were at school I would be scare to face up to.
B.R., aged 16, Bournemouth, Dorset.

 

Miracle Madi!

An 8-year old girl with severe disabilities walked for the first time after completing a course with The Wave Project! Little Madison Eddy took her first steps after doing a six week surfing course with award-winning charity. Madison had never walked before unaided, and her adoptive parents Margaret and Ted Eddy claim it happened because of her increased confidence after surfing. Mrs Eddy, 57, said: “It was like a miracle. If you had said to me a year ago that Madi would be on a surf board in the sea, I would have said go fly a kite. “But after going surfing with the Wave Project, she became so much more confident – and just a week after her course had finished she started walking for the first time!” Madison, from Redruth, Cornwall, was severely disabled from birth with a bleed on her brain, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Born three months premature at just 23 weeks, she could not breathe on her own, and could only be fed through a tube. Doctors had to perform an emergency tracheotomy to enable her to breathe, and she required further surgery later to repair her trachea. Madison spent her first 18 months in hospital, before being fostered and later adopted by Ted and Margaret Eddy. She was so disabled that doctors insisted on the couple doing 85 hours of medical training each before they would release little Madi from hospital. Madison spent the next 8 years in a wheelchair, and was unable to walk unaided, even with the help of a special walking stick. The Eddys adopted her at the age of 5,... read more

We’re hiring: Communications & Events Assistant

We are recruiting for a Communications and Events Assistant at our head office in Truro in Cornwall. You’ll need to be a fast learner, extremely organised and willing to get stuck in to help promote the Wave Project across the UK and raise much-needed funds to help us deliver our award-winning surf courses. It’s an exciting and varied role in a fast-paced, growing non-profit, perfect for someone with a little experience in marketing, fundraising or events, or if you’ve just graduated. The deadline is 31st August and interviews will be held mid-September, with a start as soon as possible. For a full job description, person specification and application form, please download them from these links and return them by email to joe @ waveproject.co.uk, or by post to our address. Comms & Events Assistant – Job Description (PDF) Comms & Events Assistant – Person Specification (PDF) Comms & Events Assistant – Application Form (Word doc)... read more

Summer Surf Challenge has most successful year yet!

Nearly 100 people with disabilities hit the waves at Fistral beach this weekend for the Wave Project’s Summer Surf Challenge 2015. Now into its fourth year, the event is growing in popularity as the UK’s top inclusive surf event, and people with disabilities travelled from across Cornwall and as far afield as Gloucester to take part in free surf taster sessions. Sponsored by insurance company Amlin, the event gave people with disabilities the chance to go surfing completely free of charge. More than 70 volunteers gave their time over the weekend to provide support and safety cover in and out of the water, as well as plenty of high fives and positive vibes. Onlookers were amazed as groups took to the water in challenging surf conditions and rode the waves, many for the first time. To reflect the inclusive nature of the event, everyone who took part received a medal. Three people were also awarded the Amlin trophy for exceptional bravery. Twins Isabella and Gabriella Pearce, who are aged 5 and have cerebral palsy, and Maisie Robbins, aged 7 who also has cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair, all from St Columb Major, were this year’s winners. Isabella and Gabriella’s mother, Ursula Pearce said: “Thank you to every single one of the team and volunteers who made this possible, what an amazing crew! We had the best family day out ever and we have very happy, excited little girls.” The Wave Project’s Events Coordinator, Tabitha Kendall-Carpenter said: “It’s been such a fantastic weekend, and we have been blown away by all of the support we have received to make... read more

Testimonials

I feel more confident around people at school and I’m more alert in classes. I want to do more after school and I am more enthusiastic about doing things. I hope to join the local athletics club and I’m coping better with homework. I feel like school isn’t as much of a challenge – I feel more confident about myself and less nervous about speaking to new people.
Miss E.H, aged 15, from Dunbar, Scotland

 

 

Our Funders & Supporters

Lottery        ChildrenInNeed2        SGB        EU        FFC West Cornwall Youth Trust        Smith Corps        Amlin        DorsetNHS Maudsley                JoeWay        UKPSA