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...
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...
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 teams up with Surf Snowdonia

The Wave Project is stoked to announce a new partnership with Surf Snowdonia to help vulnerable young people in North Wales. Funding for the project has come from London-based fundraising group Raise Your Hands, which supports children’s charities. They are funding a pilot scheme to enable 12 disadvantaged young people from North Wales to take part in a six week surfing course at the world-first inland surf lagoon free of charge. The project will start on 15 May and will last for six weeks. The aim of the project is to enable participants to improve their mental health, social skills and life chances by learning to surf with local volunteers. Each participant will receive support from their own ‘surf mentor’ – a volunteer surf instructor who provides emotional as well as practical support. Sessions will be overseen by professional surf coaches at Surf Snowdonia, supervised by Welsh surf champion Jo Dennison. The pilot scheme will also enable The Wave Project to put down the foundation for a new surf club for isolated young people in partnership with Surf Snowdonia. The project will also fund the training and development of volunteers who wish to work with young people as surf mentors. The Wave Project’s North Wales coordinator Mel Cassells said: “This is fantastic news for young people in North Wales who will benefit from this service. Surf Snowdonia is a fantastic facility for people in this area to learn to surf, and we hope that a partnership with The Wave Project will open up opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters. We’re really excited to be working with Jo and her team of awesome instructors to...
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…...