Community refurbs local chapel for expanding North Devon project

Georgeham Chapel

The North Devon project has moved into a new home!

We will now be working from a refurbished chapel in Georgeham, not far from our surfing base in Croyde.

The move was made possible thanks to the committee at Croyde Baptist Church, who have been incredibly supportive, and also to Sainsbury’s staff from Barnstaple, who contributed over 150 hours of volunteer time to refit the office as well as materials and supplies.

We held an open day at the new office on 14 September to meet members of the local community and spread the word about the Wave Project through tea, cake, games and a surf jumble. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us. We raised £560!

We’ll miss our “cosy” (!) room in Georgeham Primary School, but our expanding team – and remit – meant we needed more space. With demand for adaptive surfing exceeding our expectations, plus the launch of Wave Rangers and GP social prescribing, 2019 has been our busiest year yet. The new premises will help us create further opportunities to help people access surf therapy.

We are also really looking forward to working with the Croyde Baptist Church committee in exploring the potential of the rest of the chapel space in how it can benefit the local community, so watch this space!