Do you fancy learning surfing in a friendly environment this summer? Do you want to boost your wellbeing and gain more confidence? The Wave Project may be just for you…
What is The Wave Project?
The Wave project is a charity that was started in 2010 as a voluntary group funded by the National Health Service that aimed to offer one-to-one fully-funded surfing lessons to young people with poor mental health. Due to the great success of the project, they have been empowering young people all over to UK ever since!
The sessions are delivered by a mix of paid staff and volunteer surf-mentors who work in partnership with established surf schools. Sessions run for 6 weeks and are available in Wales in Porthcawl and Aberavon.
What are the benefits?
The project has been independently evaluated and assessed throughout the years which makes it an evidence-based intervention. Results have repeatedly shown a huge boost of confidence and happiness in learners after the sessions.
The project can be ideal for increasing physical activity, improving social skills and general wellbeing. What makes the sessions even more beneficial is that they are free of any pressure to reach specific targets or goals. Participants work at their own pace and achieve their own goals which actually helps them feel empowered whilst developing a sense of pride in their achievements.
How can I apply?
The project is open for any young person aged 8 to 21 who may be at risk of social isolation or feel like they may benefit from the course. Students can be referred from a Walk-in by the Wellbeing Team if they express their interest during a session. You can find more information about Wellbeing Walk-ins on our intranet pages. Feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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