Our adventure in Dorset began with our pilot scheme in Autumn 2013, 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.
We look forward to continuing the amazing work that has been done in the Dorset region, combining with our fantastic volunteer force and partner organisations to continue to change children’s lives for the better through surfing.
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.