What we've been up to this month:

We’ve had an epic month here at The Wave Project.

Firstly, we have been nominated for a national award. Our project in Cornwall has been shortlisted in the mental health and wellbeing category of the Children and Young people Now awards. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 22 November. It’s a great tribute to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, who have supported 300 vulnerable children in Cornwall this year through surf therapy.

We have been working with Surfing England to set up the first ever Adaptive Surfing Open competition for surfers with disabilities and impairments, which takes place on 16 September. One of the competitors is a 16-year old boy called Louis Sutton, who the Wave Project has been supporting since he was 11-year old (see picture). Louis has a learning disability and has never been able to enter (or cope with) a surfing competition before.

In Newquay, local MP Steve Double opened our new surf club on Fistral Beach (see picture), which will provide accessible surfing for hundreds of local children. Mr Double then jumped in on a surf club session and supported some of our young people in the water –see video clip.

We also attended Boardmasters festival in Newquay, where we were one of the charity partners, and the Garlic Festival on the Isle of Wight, where our volunteers and surf club members sold corn on the cob to raise funds for their local Wave Project!

Now we are gearing up to run our autumn surf therapy courses, which start next week. Between now and the end of October, we will work with over 200 new clients.