This month we had the huge honour of being nominated as Small Charity of the Year in the prestigious Third Sector Awards.

We have had an amazing month here at the Wave Project! This month we had the huge honour of being nominated as Small Charity of the Year in the prestigious Third Sector Awards. This is a great honour for The Wave Project and we are delighted to be shortlisted. It is a tribute the dedication and hard work of our staff and volunteers, who have worked all year round to provide free surf sessions and beach activities for young people who would otherwise not get the chance to get in the water. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 14 September, so please keep your fingers crossed for us! We will let you know how we got on in our October update.

 July enjoyed the hottest weekend of the year so far, and it just happened to coincide with our fabulous Summer Surf Challenge for Disabled Children event at Watergate Bay in Cornwall. This was a weekend of free surf taster sessions for children with disabilities, run by our fabulous team of volunteers. Over 100 Wave Project volunteers from across the UK came down to take part, and ran surf taster sessions for over 60 children with a range of disabilities, from mild to severe. One young man, Ashley Lewis, was both blind and unable to walk due to a brain condition – yet he went out in the water and carved it up (see pictures).  Two children were awarded trophies for displaying exceptional courage, and this year they went to Harley Clarke, aged 6, and Felix Haslam-Hopwood, aged 8. Both of these little boys were very anxious before they went in the water, but they came out feeling the stoke having caught some exceptional waves (see pics).  , What with the awesome weather of sunshine and blue skies it was a weekend to remember.

At our Board meeting on 20 July, our trustees took an important step towards strengthening the charity’s governance by appointing 5 new members – doubling the size of our board. These new trustees bring a wealth of experience from clinical practice to safeguarding, and will play an importance role in scrutinising our work and ensuring our policies and procedures are robust. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the Wave Project family!

July is also the month when we put together our mid-term evaluation of our spring courses. This is a very important part of our work, as evaluation help us to ensure that we are on track in helping clients feel more positive about themselves. We have worked with over 300 young people this year, and the results of their feedback have been really encouraging. Clients have told us they feel more positive, calmer and more motivated after doing their surf course, and more than ever before are signing up to our weekly surf club. Our motto is Changing Lives Through Surfing – so it’s lovely to see results like this that show it really happens.