Surf project gets �177k lottery grant

The project runs across North Devon and Cornwall helping young people suffering emotional trauma and mental health issues.

A SURF therapy project working with young people with mental health and emotional issues has been given more than �177k in Big Lottery Funding.

The Wave Project CIC is based in Truro in Cornwall but works across North Devon to support children suffering emotional trauma and mental health issues by using surfing to improve confidence.

The project was formed in 2010 and is one of six projects being given a portion of nearly �1.3m by the Lottery funds.

Joe Taylor, project manager at the Wave Project CIC, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to get this funding and for a project like ours it is a game changing award.

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“It’s going to help turn our small project into something more substantial that will have a big impact.

“There is a lot of interest in the therapeutic effects of surfing and this funding will really help to bring some credibility to the notion.

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“It will make a big difference to a lot of people.”

The project works with groups of up to 10 clients who undergo a six-week court run by professional surf instructors.

After the course, they can continue surfing with the Wave Project Surf Club, a self-sustaining project run for and by young people.

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