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...
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...
Wave Project receives £475,000 cash boost

Wave Project receives £475,000 cash boost

The Wave Project is set to become the biggest surf therapy charity in Europe after receiving a grant totally almost half a million pounds from the Big Lottery Fund. The award-winning charity, which runs therapeutic surfing courses, will be expanding across the region and working with 720 young people who are at risk of social isolation. Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund’s England Grant Making Director, said: “It’s great to be able to fund such inspirational projects. The Wave Project is an excellent example of people working together, often as volunteers, to support others in their community.” The Big Lottery Fund is awarding a total of £475,964 in funding over the next three years, which will be used to recruit new project coordinators and develop new projects. Beneficiaries will be children, adolescents and young adults, aged 8 to 18, who have been identified by professional services as being at risk of isolation or mental illness. Clients will include young people who have suffered from traumatic life experiences, such as bereavement or family breakdown; or who are facing isolation due to disability, bullying or mental ill health. The Wave Project will offer clients a 12 month project, which combines surfing, skills training volunteering opportunities and ultimately peer-mentoring other clients. Participants will first take part in an introduction to surfing course, run by trained staff and support by volunteer surf mentors on a one-to-one basis, to develop their confidence. They will then join a weekly surf club to receive support from mentors. Finally, they will be invited to become mentors themselves and benefit from accredited training including surf coaching, lifeguarding and first aid. The main...
Announcing the LOUDEST event on the water – Paddle Out LOUD

Announcing the LOUDEST event on the water – Paddle Out LOUD

Registration has opened for the LOUDEST fundraising event on water – The Wave Project’s Paddle Out LOUD. Paddler’s from across the UK will be donning FLURO garb and setting out for a paddle on craft of varying shape and size. The event builds on the charity’s successful stand up paddleboard fundraiser, which took place at 10 different sites across the UK last year and raised over £16,000. This year it will be bigger, better and LOUDER than ever – with over 500 people expected to take part at locations in Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, South Wales, London, Dunbar, Brighton and the Isle of Wight. All of the funds raised will go towards running more Wave Project surf therapy courses for young people in those areas. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit the dedicated Paddle Out Loud website – paddleoutloud.co.uk. And to whet your appetite, here’s little edit from last year…...
Pride of Sport

Pride of Sport

The Wave Project has been shortlisted as Sport England’s Community Sports Project of the Year in the Daily Mirror Pride of Sport awards. The Cornish charity, which uses surfing to help young people improve their mental health, is one of three sports organisations from across the UK to be shortlisted for the award. The winner will be announced a ceremony in London on November 25. Wave Project founder and chief executive, Joe Taylor, said: “It is a terrific honour to be nominated for this award as Community Sports Project of the Year. “This nomination is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff and over 200 volunteers who have helped run free surfing courses for young people to help them improve their mental health. “We are also very proud to be representing Cornwall at a prestigious national awards ceremony.” The Daily Mirror and Sport England Pride of Sport Awards celebrate and recognise the unsung heroes of sport. As well as raising awareness about sport and encouraging people to be more active on a regular basis, the event will highlight people who have contributed to sport at a local or national level, across all walks of life. More information about the awards, along with a full list of nominees, can be found at:...