Our adventure in Dorset began with our pilot scheme in Autumn 2013, set up by Zoe Cushway, supported by funding from Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust. After great success the project was offered financial backing from the Big Lottery Fund, enabling the delivery of three years of fully funded courses reaching 240 young people across Dorset, as well as establishing and running a subsidised surf club for past participants of the program.
Since our pilot the Dorset project has gone from strength to strength. In 2016 Curt Marlow became our coordinator, and we have been working with over 100 new and existing participants each year through our six-week courses and surf clubs. We continue to have a very close relationship with the NHS Trust here in Dorset, and we work closely with their CAMHS teams to provide surf therapy for young people under their care.
Altogether, Wave Project Dorset continues to grow bigger and better. This year we have six fully funded six-week courses as well as 30 surf clubs planned and booked, all while we work towards becoming a more sustainable charity through working with local businesses, communities, and Dorset NHS.
And finally, none of this could have been achieved without the huge support the project has had from local volunteers.