Client: The Wave Project

Evaluation of The Wave Project to improve the mental health of young people by teaching them how to surf

“The Wave Project began in 2010, when the local NHS Trust in Cornwall funded us to run a six-week pilot scheme to examine the benefits of surfing on the emotional health of young people working with professional services. The pilot project used a psychological evaluation to assess whether six weeks of surfing helped the group, who were referred by a range of services such as CAMHS, social services and mental health charities.

The results of the pilot showed that going surfing once a week helped clients feel more confident, improved their outlook and gave them a sense of fun. Encouraged by the results, The Wave Project was established as a not for profit company. Further funding was obtained, initially from BBC Children In Need and later from the Big Lottery Fund and other funders, and the project began to grow.”

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