What we've been up to this month:

This month (May) we're stoked to have already worked with over 100 young people on our Spring courses.  We have lots more courses set to start in many locations and we're excited to meet our new surfers over the next few weeks.

Success Story

Sisters Jenny & 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

Their smiling faces say it all. Congratulations to Jenny & Sarah for overcoming your fears and trying something new - even when it's scary at first.  Well done, we'll see you in the waves!

*pseudonyms

Congratulations Charlotte

Volunteer, adaptive surfer and former surf therapy course participant, Charlotte Banfield, has just won gold at the Open Surf Adaptive competition in Costa Rica. 
 
Modelling our Wave Project colours alongside fellow adaptive surfer, Spike Kane, the pair have been competing over the course of the next week in the warm clear waters.
 
Charlotte has been on an amazing journey since she first participated in one of our surf therapy programmes. She is now part of the Team England Para Surf Team.

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Our North Devon volunteer team undertook some very special training this month when they embarked upon adaptive surf training at Croyde beach. 

Our amazing volunteers gave up their time to learn skills that will enable more people with physical disabilities to try surfing at Croyde.

We have also just launched an amazing online training portal, enabling our volunteers across the country to access training in many areas, for example: safeguarding, autuism awareness, mental health first aid etc. Not only does this equip our volunteers for the sessions that they take part in, but it helps them know that they are valued.