The Wave Project

  • Surfing therapy has been recognised by the NHS as an effective form of therapy for YP at risk of mental ill-health

  • The Wave Project combines surfing lessons and peer support to help YP build confidence, self-esteem, resilience and trust

  • Runs award-winning, evidence-based interventions across 14 locations in the UK

  • Surf Therapy and Surf Club programmes have been shown to help YP overcome low confidence, anxiety, bullying, self-harm and suicidal thoughts

  • It plans to add new coastal projects and inland wave pool sites to increase its reach from 2,000 to 15,000 YP per year by 2027

  • Scalable business model backed by volunteers who gave 29k hours of free help to support YP in 2021

  • Chimo funding will help their expansion by funding the appointment of new project assistants and coordinators


My son spent a lot of time locked away in his room and then I found some suicide notes and I couldn’t think how to help him. And then we found the Wave Project. I couldn’t believe how they went out of their way to help. They have shown him there is light at the end of tunnel and you can be resilient.