The Wave Project

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

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

  • Its 6 week surf therapy course and follow-on Surf Club programme have been shown to help young people overcome low confidence, anxiety, bullying, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

  • Referrals come from CAMHS, councils, charities and schools who trust The Wave Project to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in their care.

  • From its origins in Cornwall, it now operates in 12 regions around the UK.

  • It plans to add new coastal projects and inland wave pool sites to increase its reach from 2,000 young people in 2022 to 15,000 by 2027.

  • Its scalable business model is backed by volunteers who gave 29,000 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.