Wonder Fields are really proud and excited to be working along side this beautiful cause The Wave Project and with the lovely people behind the scenes. Please find out more about what they do below, donate to their cause on our ticket page or their website, get involved with what they do and come pay them a visit at the festival.
The Wave Project ethos
The Wave Project has developed an award-winning intervention that uses the local surfers to help young people reduce anxiety and improve their emotional health. New projects have been set up all over the UK, including in Wales and Scotland.
All of these projects use the same methods employed on the original pilot scheme in Cornwall – getting local surfers to work with clients and teach them to surf. The sessions are delivered by a mix of paid staff and volunteer surf-mentors who work in partnership with established surf schools. Some of our surf mentors started out as clients themselves.
Most importantly, our sessions are free of any pressure to succeed – clients work at their own pace and achieve their own goals. They can work 1:1 with their mentor, or get more involved with the group. Our ethos is to be totally client-led. The role of the surf mentor is to encourage and enable, not to push clients towards an arbitrary goal. We have found that this approach reduces anxiety and allows clients to feel empowered, enabling them to overcome challenges and develop a sense of pride in their achievements.
We take referrals from professionals working with vulnerable children and young people, and also run private lessons for schools, charities and companies. Regular referrers include the NHS, social services, mental health services, GPs, family support services, counselors and children’s charities.
We are excited and honored to be a part of the Wonder Fields family, you can come and visit our stall at the event to find out more about our project and get involved with some fun activities such as surfboard designs