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...
Scottish Volunteer Stories!!

Scottish Volunteer Stories!!

Check out this awesome blog from one of our superstar volunteers Anné-Lise MacKenzie!! Great to hear about volunteers supporting our young people, having fun and getting so much out of Wave Project sessions! https://thefeminineadrenaline.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/the-wave-project/ If you would like to find out more about volunteering with the Wave Project you can find out more information here:...
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...
Award winners honoured at UKPSA awards

Award winners honoured at UKPSA awards

The UK Pro Surf Association recognised great work by Wave Project volunteers and clients from across the UK at their annual awards dinner on Sunday. Teenager Dan Hobbs, from Falmouth, scooper the award for Young Volunteer of the Year for his work with The Wave Project. Dan, 14, from Falmouth, became a volunteer with the charity having been referred as a client in 2015. Hannah Cornish, from Bridgend, won the award for Volunteer of the Year for her work on the Wave Project in Wales, while Scottish surf school Coast 2 Coast, based in Dunbar, won the accolade for Surf School of the Year. Other winners included Jay Jon Darbyshire, from Brighton, who was named Disabled Surfer of the Year, and Thomas MacSporran, from Dalkeith, who won the Wave Project Courage award. Wave Project CEO Joe Taylor said: “It’s amazing to see such awesome work from Wave Project groups around the UK. I’m so proud of all of the award winners and nominees for their fantastic contribution to our charity. Wave Project coordinator Tim Hunt, who worked with Daniel Hobbs this year, said: “It’s great to see Dan make so much progress in such a short time. We’re really proud of him.” Daniel – who attended the awards dinner with a broken foot following an accident last week – said it was a great honour to win: “I’m so stoked. It felt great to win the award. Because I’ve been a client at the Wave Project, and gone on to volunteer I think I can relate to the other children.” The Wave Project is a charity that helps young people...
Funding boost for Scotland

Funding boost for Scotland

The Wave Project in Scotland has been awarded a grant of £47,100 to continue its work running therapeutic surfing lessons for isolated young people in East Lothian. Funding has come from the Young Start programme, administered by the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland, following a successful project over the past year. To date 120 young people from East Lothian have taken part in the project, which offers a six-week surfing course, led by volunteer ‘surf mentors’, and continues with a weekly surf club, where participants get the opportunity to help each other. Earlier this year, The Wave Project Scotland was voted the Big Lottery Scotland ‘People’s Project’ for East Lothian after a public vote. This new grant will pay for the salary costs of a full-time project coordinator, as well as running costs of the sessions, including travel expenses of the young people. In total 100 young people will benefit from free surfing courses at Dunbar’s Belhaven Beach, and surf club sessions. The surfing sessions will be delivered by Wave Project volunteers in partnership with Coast to Coast surf school. Wave Project Scotland coordinator Jamie Marshall said: “We are stoked to be able to run the project for another year. It’s a tribute to the hard work and dedication of all our volunteers and young people who have taken part in the project.” Jamie added that some of the existing participants this year will be helping out as volunteers for new clients. He said: “It’s really great to see some of the young people who came as students this year choosing to volunteer and help out other youngsters. “The peer-mentoring element...
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...