What we've been up to this month:

August is of course the summer holidays, which for us means running lots of surf club sessions. Our surf club now has over 500 registered members throughout the UK, all of whom were originally referred by health or social care services. We’re very proud that so many of our young people stay on after their initial surf course to participate in surf club, and continue to develop their confidence and self-esteem through surfing.
 
In our projects in the South West of England, we have also been busy running additional surf sessions for families who have children with additional needs. One of our functions as a charity is to make surfing inclusive and accessible, so we use our equipment and expertise to deliver lessons for young people who would otherwise not be able to take part.

At the other end of the country, in Scotland, our surf therapy courses have already started and are now in full swing. Due to the different summer holidays in Scotland, our courses start there in mid-August. We’ve had some amazing feedback from our young people north of the border, including this from 16-year old Brandon Tregartha (pictured), whose behaviour in school improved after taking part in The Wave Project.

Brandon said: "Before, in school, I was quite a troubled kid and I used to get kicked out a lot but since starting Wave Project I've not been as troublesome," he says.

"It helps me a lot. I'm not sure what it is about it - but it's maybe the water and doing the surfing - I find it enjoyable and it calms me down."
 
We are also hugely proud that two of our former students, Charlotte Banfield-Weston (pictured) and Louis Sutton (pictured) have made the Surfing England adaptive team and are due to compete in California later in the year. Charlotte also won silver at the Adaptive Surf Championships in Hawaii this month. We are super proud of both of them.
 
While all that has been going on we have also…

  • Run a special surf lesson in Wales for children with HIV partnership with Raise Your Hands charity Chiva
  • Attended the Boardmasters music festival and painted lots of faces!
  • Our CEO Joe Taylor spoke about surf therapy to a group of undergraduate psychiatrists at the University of Bologna in Italy
  • Made the front over of the August edition of Adoption Today magazine.

See you next month!