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...
Funding boost for South Devon Wave Project!

Funding boost for South Devon Wave Project!

The Wave Project has received over £120,000 in funding from two major donors to support its work with children at risk in South Devon. BBC Children In Need have pledged £85,769 to the project, while Foundation for Children are contributing £35,850 over the next three years. It will enable the charity to run a series of free surfing courses and a surf club for at-risk young people until 2020. Sessions will be delivered free of charge to children aged 8 upwards who have been identified as being at risk of mental illness. Each of the children referred to the project will get their own surf mentor to help them build confidence and express their feelings as they learn to surf. These surf therapy courses have been proven to be an effective way of engaging children who often do not want to engage in other ‘therapeutic services. Wave Project chief executive Joe Taylor said: “We are really pleased to be able to continue our work with children at risk in South Devon. It builds on a project that has been running for the past 3 years, delivered mainly by volunteers. This funding enables us to recruit a full time project coordinator and greatly expand the number of courses we can offer young people from the area. Our courses offer a stigma-free way of engaging children who are deemed at risk, helping them to avoid further problems later in life.” Children aged 8 upwards from Plymouth, Exeter Torbay and South Hams will be eligible to take part in the courses, which start later this year. Participants can be referred by professionals...
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...
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...
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...