"“I was really apprehensive the night before, thinking of all the scenarios that could happen. What did happen, was that everyone involved had an amazing experience. The smiles on the faces and the hoots of laughter said it all. Everone involved, participants and volunteers can’t wait to do it again.” Ian Bennet - North Devon Coordinator
Last week our Devon team organised a pilot #SurfTherapy session in association with the North Devon Stroke Recovery Service.
We were able to help people like Mark, a 75-year-old participant who, following a heart attack and stroke thought he'd never get back in the sea again.
With the help of our awesome volunteers Mark caught his first wave to shore in 30 years.
Help us make the beach an accessible place for everyone. Support our work: https://www.waveproject.co.uk/get-involved/donate/
It's set to be an exciting night tonight for the Junior Lawyers Society Summer Ball. Their annual auction will feature some awesome prizes including a 2012 Olympic cycling jersey, signed and donated by our patron @victorilou and a fab new custom made surfboard courtesy of @sensorysurfboards. The auction is supporting us thanks to the efforts and organisation of Wave Project volunteer and trainee Ashfords solicitor, Issy Massey. 🤙
206214 June, 2019
'"I used to not be a very confident person, surfing's really helped me." Carina, from Dunbar, is nearly 18. She's been surfing with us for six years. She has a learning disability and has had issues with low self esteem following bouts of bullying.
Find out how our surf sessions in Dunbar help young people like Carina, by reading up on our latest Scotland coverage, courtesy of @Viceuk.
Happy #worldoceansday ! Without the ocean we couldn't help over 1,000 young people per year to improve their lives and self-esteem. 💙
By supporting our cause today you'll help more young people find a happier and more confident tomorrow, link in bio.
"Volunteering at the Wave Project allows me to support people to be the best version of themselves, removing barriers and building resilience. "On a personal level, volunteering significantly improves my mental wellbeing, though more importantly, it's great fun!" Ian Butler, Isle of Wight,
Wave Project Volunteer of the Year 2018 #VolunteersWeek
12154 June, 2019
Congratulations to our ambassador, and former 6 week surf therapy course participant, Charlotte Banfield for winning 🥇 GOLD 🥇 at the Costa Rica Adaptive Surf Championships! Well done Charlotte! 🏄♀️
28782 June, 2019
“When I surf I feel happy and less worried, less angry and less depressed. I love the Wave Project; and it’s very fun when you can jump off the paddle boards! ’ 💙Preston, Surfer
Take the leap, like Preston, and become a life changer today: www.waveproject.co.uk/changealife
128230 May, 2019
Sisters Jenny* and Sarah* both have severe PTSD and anxiety and are unable to attend school. At the start of their surf therapy courses the sisters were too scared to get into the car to attend their first session, now they can't wait to get to the beach! "It is the highlight of their week. They were so scared of the waves. Now they aren't, they adore all of the instructors (and volunteers) and feel safe with them. The Wave Project is our shining beacon of hope and they have loved it, all they want to do is surf! Surfing provides them with weekly respite, two hours of positivity and pure joy. Thank you so much for making the girls smile and showing them they are capable!" Guardian *pseudonyms
Registration for our annual Summer Surf Challenge is now live! Join us at Watergate Bay on the 20-21st of July for our adaptive surf weekend. Sign up via the link in our bio 🤙
193824 May, 2019
"She finds school so hard and gets bad anxiety, but when she’s surfing with you all she’s so happy and so relaxed. You couldn’t imagine what an impact it’s having. I spend most of the time watching her in tears, tears of joy as she’s so happy and so accepted, and all her worries about being ‘good enough’ go away. You guys are amazing. Thank you"- Naomi's mum
The impact of #SurfTherapy on mental health is real, for the first time doctors are able to prescribe it to young people who are struggling with life. Find out more about our work at www.waveproject.co.uk