Sainsbury’s stores support The Wave Project

Sainsbury’s stores support The Wave Project

Three Sainsbury’s stores have shortlisted The Wave Project for their charity of the year scheme. The supermarket’s branches in Newquay and Brighton, New England Street, and West Hove, Sussex, have shortlisted us among three other charities to support our Cornwall and Sussex projects. Funding from these initiatives will help children and young people improve their emotional health and resilience through an evidence-based programme of surfing and paddle-boarding combined with mentoring. Over the last two years, the project has supported many children and young people with a mental health issue, learning difficulty or physical disability. In the words of one parent, “The sea helps (my son) to self-regulate and reduces sensitivity associated with his sensory processing difficulties. He loves the fun of surfing with the volunteers and instructors and it has helped him gain confidence and trust in new people.” Antionette Hage, lead volunteer for The Wave Project in Brighton, said: “We’re just so stoked! As a small local charity, potential support from Sainsburys could make a massive difference to the number of sessions we can provide to children and young people across Brighton and Hove.” Newquay project coordinator Tom Butler added: “This funding will really help support some of Cornwall’s most disadvantaged children and young people and help them to build confidence through surfing.” The Wave Project are urging the local community to back the Project by popping in either the Brighton New England Street store and the West Hove store to vote. Alternatively, you can vote online at...
Wave Project Shortlisted for the 2017 Charity Awards!

Wave Project Shortlisted for the 2017 Charity Awards!

We are delighted to announce that the Wave Project has been shortlisted for a national award. The winner will be announced at a reception in The Tower of London on 8 June. Wave Project founder Joe Taylor said: “We are delighted to be one of three charities to be shortlisted for this prestigious award – the charity sector’s equivalent of the Oscars. “The Charity Awards are rigorous and shortlisting is a highly competitive process. It is a tribute to the hard work of our small team at The Wave Project that we have been nominated alongside much bigger charities.” The Charity Awards is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice. Julian Chislett, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated all the shortlisted charities on making the highly-coveted shortlist said: “The standard of entries this year was incredible, and the charities we shortlist remain a constant inspiration to all of us. “For 17 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process singles out those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most inspirational approaches to delivering maximum impact. John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said: “Nominees on the shortlist this year are examples of large and small charities at their very best. They are truly leaders in their field innovating, supporting and helping people in communities across the UK and overseas. “Recognising the...
Lib Dem leader learns about surf therapy

Lib Dem leader learns about surf therapy

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron learned about the benefits of surf therapy on mental health during visit to The Wave Project today. Mr Farron met staff from the Newquay-based charity and learned about their work with children and young people who use surfing as a way of overcoming anxiety and mental illness.The Lib Dem leader heard how youngsters who took part in the Waved Project’s award-winning surf therapy intervention felt more positive and confident. Meeting charity staff in The Watering Hole in Perranporth, Mr Farron said he could understand how surfing would be a beneficial activity to improve mental health in young people.Charity CEO Joe Taylor said: “It was an honour to meet Tim Farron and tell him about the work we do at The Wave Project. “He was particularly interested in how the charity has saved the local NHS mental health services thousands of pounds by intervening early with young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues, such as anxiety and low mood. “It was great to be able to explain how 90 per cent of our participants feel happier and more positive after taking part in The Wave Project. I hope he will point out the benefits of surf therapy and early intervention when he next addresses...
Award winners honoured at UKPSA awards

Award winners honoured at UKPSA awards

The UK Pro Surf Association recognised great work by Wave Project volunteers and clients from across the UK at their annual awards dinner on Sunday. Teenager Dan Hobbs, from Falmouth, scooper the award for Young Volunteer of the Year for his work with The Wave Project. Dan, 14, from Falmouth, became a volunteer with the charity having been referred as a client in 2015. Hannah Cornish, from Bridgend, won the award for Volunteer of the Year for her work on the Wave Project in Wales, while Scottish surf school Coast 2 Coast, based in Dunbar, won the accolade for Surf School of the Year. Other winners included Jay Jon Darbyshire, from Brighton, who was named Disabled Surfer of the Year, and Thomas MacSporran, from Dalkeith, who won the Wave Project Courage award. Wave Project CEO Joe Taylor said: “It’s amazing to see such awesome work from Wave Project groups around the UK. I’m so proud of all of the award winners and nominees for their fantastic contribution to our charity. Wave Project coordinator Tim Hunt, who worked with Daniel Hobbs this year, said: “It’s great to see Dan make so much progress in such a short time. We’re really proud of him.” Daniel – who attended the awards dinner with a broken foot following an accident last week – said it was a great honour to win: “I’m so stoked. It felt great to win the award. Because I’ve been a client at the Wave Project, and gone on to volunteer I think I can relate to the other children.” The Wave Project is a charity that helps young people...
Duke and Duchess visit Wave Project

Duke and Duchess visit Wave Project

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met hundreds of Wave Project students and volunteers on their first official visit to the South West of England. Their Royal Highnesses visited Towan Beach in Newquay and met children and parents who have benefited from our courses. They spoke to trustees, volunteers and surf club members and watched a demonstration of a pop-up on the beach, before posing for photos with our team at the edge of the beach. Finally the Royal couple were presented with two Dizzy teddy bears – the Wave Project mascot – as gifts for Princess Charlotte and Prince George. Wave Project founder and CEO Joe Taylor said: “This was such an honour for The Wave Project. Their Royal Highnesses were so friendly and approachable. It was a wonderful experience for our young people to meet them.” He added: “This endorsement by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was a fabulous tribute to all the hard work and dedication of our awesome staff and...
Wave Project shortlisted in Third Sector Awards

Wave Project shortlisted in Third Sector Awards

The Wave Project has been shortlisted in the Third Sector Awards 2016 in the category of Small Charity, Big Impact. We are one of just four small charities from across the UK to be shortlisted for the award. The winner will be announced a ceremony in London on September 14. Wave Project founder Joe Taylor, said: “We are beyond stoked to be considered for this prestigious national award. There are over 200,000 small charities in the UK, so to be considered among the top four is a huge honour.  “It is a great tribute to the dedication, compassion and commitment of our staff and volunteers, who consistently go the extra mile for the young people they are working with.” The Third Sector Awards are run by the industry magazine Third Sector, which champions the Third Sector in the UK. More information about the awards, along with a full list of nominees, can be...