Surfing project wins funding from Lottery
A project which uses surfing as a therapeutic activity for young people with mental health and emotional issues has been handed a grant of £177,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
The Wave Project is one of six to share a total of £1,284,903 from the Reaching Communities programme which aims to help people most in need.
Based in Truro, it was formed in 2010 to support children suffering from emotional trauma and mental health issues by using surfing to improve confidence.
The group takes referrals from mental health services, charities and schools.
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Project manager Joe Taylor said: "We're absolutely delighted to get this funding and for a project like ours it is a game changing award.
"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.."
After an initial assessment, clients undergo a six-week course run by professional surf instructors and supported by trained volunteers.
After the course, they can continue surfing via the Wave Project Surf Club which is run for and by young people.
More than £210,000 has also been awarded to Malpas, near Truro, to build a new village hall to replace a leaking 120-year-old hut, which has no toilet or functional kitchen.
The new building will link with St Andrew's Church Hall to create a social centre providing activities such as fitness, education, and craft classes, and other clubs.