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...
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...
Paddle Out LOUD for the Wave Project

Paddle Out LOUD for the Wave Project

Fancy a paddle? Come and join the UK’s loudest charity paddle in aid of The Wave Project! Waterways around the UK will become a riot of colour on 21 May when fancy-dress paddlers wearing FLURO paddle out in support of the charity. Hundreds of brightly-dressed paddlers are expected to take part in paddles in England, Wales and Scotland. Participants will wear fluorescent garb and paddle out in kayaks, rafts and stand-up paddle boards to raise awareness of children’s mental health. The event will help raise funds for The Wave Project, a charity that runs free surfing lessons for socially isolated children. Events will take place in Bristol, Brighton, Kingsbridge, London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and the Isle of Wight. To take part, paddlers have to aged over 14 or accompanied by an adult over 18. The entry fee is £25. Paddlers may bring their own craft, or hire one on the day. Wave Project chief executive Joe Taylor said: “This is a really colourful, fun, family event that will help to both raise awareness of children’s mental health and raise funds for The Wave Project. “There is lots of current evidence that getting children outside and doing fun things has a really positive impact on their mental health. “We want to show children and families who are struggling with their mental health that there are fun things out there that they can do, in their own community, that will help improve their outlook and wellbeing – such as surfing and paddleboarding.” To take part in Paddle Out Loud, participants simply register online at www.paddleoutloud.co.uk. Participants can register for the event and...
NHS funds new project on the Isle of Wight

NHS funds new project on the Isle of Wight

The Wave Project is being expanded on the Isle of Wight following confirmation of support from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Charitable Funds. The charity will deliver its award-winning peer-led surfing courses, plus a weekly surf club, to help groups of young people, who are referred by services such as the child and adolescent mental health service, social services and mental health charities, feel more confident, improve their outlook and give them a sense of fun. The funding – totalling £16,959 – will be used to employ a Wave Project Coordinator and cover running costs of sessions on the Isle of Wight. Sessions will also be supported with the help of local volunteers. The initiative demonstrates how the voluntary and statutory sectors can work together in line with the principles of the My Life a Full Life programme. Joe Taylor, Chief Executive of the Cornwall based Wave Project says: “We’re really excited to be working with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust on this project. Thanks to the support of local volunteers, the Wave Project has been running on the Island since 2014, but this new funding will enable us to reach lots more children at risk of isolation.Our courses have won NHS awards here on the Island, and previous evaluation has shown that going surfing once a week in a supportive environment helps children feel more confident, improves their outlook and gives them a sense of fun.” Dr Nina Moorman, Non-Executive Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Chair of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Charitable Fund Committee says: “As a former GP I saw many young people come through my practice with difficulties. In many...