Finance Score: 1
Governance Score: -1
Support Score: 16
  • Low unrestricted reserves: -2
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Only 4 Trustees: -1
  • Large volunteers +5
  • Grant maker support: +11
Overall GiG Score: 16 ?

THE WAVE PROJECT 

Overview

The Wave Project uses surfing as a therapeutic tool to improve the mental health and well-being of young people. Through surf therapy programmes, they aim to reduce anxiety, boost self-esteem, and promote resilience in beneficiaries.

Effectiveness of their surf therapy course, measured via questionnaires immediately after completion, has shown significant improvements in young people’s confidence and ability to connect in social settings. This has prompted continuing commitment of schools, NHS, social services, and other referrers to pay fees for each participants inclusion.

A new strategy was introduced in 2024 which will be supported by the recruitment of new CEO, Ramon Van De Velde who has plans to grow delivery, funding and programme impacts.

Source: Giving is Great

Mission:

To help young people improve their emotional health and wellbeing through free and subsidised surfing therapy
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • This charity has been very successful in attracting volunteers relative to its size
  • The charity has received backing from multiple prominent grant makers recently
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are low relative to funds raised

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • There are only 4 trustees

Financial issues to consider:

  • Unrestricted reserves appear to be dangerously low at the latest year end

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
31/01/23£1,737£1,322£415£88£672£1921.7291,778
31/01/22£1,478£1,664£-186£63£257£40401,630
31/01/21£1,257£1,074£184£37£443£1291.4276,000
31/01/20*£979£973£5£132£259£360.4251,396
31/01/19£804£799£4£167£190£1091.6202,587
31/01/18£748£686£62£181£186£921.6170
31/01/17£573£555£19£35£144£-57-1.280

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 5.3%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 6.7%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 6%
Highest pay band: £60,000-£70,000
Liabilities/Assets: 6%
Liabilities/Income: 3%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 29%
Reserves/Spending: 1.7 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 5 months
Quick Ratio: 7.2
Asset Split ?
Established: 9 years
(13 years as a company)

www.waveproject.co.uk

info@waveproject.co.uk

01637820830

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What it does
The Wave Project runs award-winning surf therapy programmes for children aged 8-24 in the UK. Using a combination of qualified staff and trained volunteers, we run an evidence-based programme of peer-led surfing lessons that helps children and young adults to improve their emotional wellbeing. We also run a Beach School project for children at risk of exclusion from school.
Listed activities
  • Amateur Sport
  • Disability
  • Education/Training
  • Recreation
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
GiG Classification
  • Emotional support, counselling or therapy
  • Amusement and recreation services
How it operates
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Northern Ireland, Scotland, Throughout England And Wales,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Other Defined Groups
  • People With Disabilities

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
National Lottery Community Fund£663,449
Prudence Trust£300,000
Innox Foundation£75,000
Sport England£54,613
Cornwall Community Foundation£53,000
Garfield Weston Foundation£30,000
The EQ Foundation£25,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
The EQ Foundation - Grant to THE WAVE PROJECT
£25,000 23/02/2024
Big Give Christmas Challenge 2023
Cornwall Community Foundation - Surf Therapy
£10,000 30/03/2023
The Wave Project runs award-winning surf therapy programmes for children aged 8-24 in the UK. Using a combination of qualified staff and trained volunteers. We also run a Beach School and Surf Back ....more
Innox Foundation - Grant to The Wave Project
£50,000 15/02/2023
Funding for The Wave Project to establish their Surf Therapy programme for young adults
Cornwall Community Foundation - Bude Surf Therapy
£3,000 24/01/2023
The Wave Project runs award-winning surf therapy programmes for children aged 8-24 in the UK. Using a combination of qualified staff and trained volunteers. We also run a Beach School and Surf Back ....more
Quartet Community Foundation - Grant to The Wave Project
£250 08/12/2022
As directed by the donor towards surf therapy for children with physical disabilities and mental health problems. Due diligence checked.
Prudence Trust - Social Prescribing 2022 - The Wave Project
£300,000 24/11/2022
36
The grant will support the expansion of The Wave's fundraising, marketing and comms team.
Cornwall Community Foundation - Surf Therapy
£35,000 07/11/2022
The Wave Project runs award-winning surf therapy programmes for children aged 8-24 in the UK. Using a combination of qualified staff and trained volunteers. We also run a Beach School and Surf Back ....more
Two Ridings Community Foundation - Grant to The Wave Project North Yorkshire
£714 24/10/2022
Grant to The Wave Project North Yorkshire
Co-Operative Group - Grant to The Wave Project - Bigbury
£2,041 22/10/2022
We would like to use surf therapy to support young people who are struggling to build confidence and natural resilience.
Co-Operative Group - Grant to The Wave Project - Sidmouth
£2,064 22/10/2022
We use surfing and the sea to promote positive mental wellbeing and build natural resilience.
Cornwall Community Foundation - West Cornwall Wave Project
£5,000 14/09/2022
The Wave Project runs award-winning surf therapy programmes for children aged 8-24 in the UK. Using a combination of qualified staff and trained volunteers. We also run a Beach School and Surf Back ....more
Sport England - Potentials Fund – Outdoors
£50,000 30/03/2022
Funding under Sport England's Potentials Fund funding programme for a Revenue project titled Potentials Fund – Outdoors. This project is a Multi Sports project, with a focus on younger ....more
Two Ridings Community Foundation - Surf Therapy on the Yorkshire Coast
£5,000 11/02/2022
The main outlay for the project, behind salary, is the cost of the hire of equipment and payment of qualified lifeguards and surf coaches, using Surfing England accredited surf schools. In North ....more
Innox Foundation - Grant to The Wave Project
£25,000 25/11/2021
Funding for The Wave Project to establish their Surf Therapy programme for young adults
Sussex Community Foundation - Grant to The Wave Project
£5,000 17/11/2021
11
Funding was provided to enable them to expand their surf therapy to young poeple in West Sussex and will pay for staff, project and volunteer costs.
Co-Operative Group - Grant to The Wave Project, East Cornwall
£1,962 23/10/2021
We would like to raise funds to be able to provide our surf therapy free of charge for young people in East Cornwall, and to meet rising demand.
National Lottery Community Fund - Wave Project sustainability template
£237,911 20/10/2021
The project will use the funding to create a package of sustainability and mainstreaming measures developing and actioning a template that can be applied across all local Wave projects ensuring surf ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Surf Therapy - Prescription Surf with 1:1 mentor support
£9,570 05/03/2021
11
The organisation will use the funding to expand their surf therapy activities for 60 young people; some with complex mental health challenges and physical disabilities.
Tudor Trust - Grant to Wave Project
£2,000 07/01/2021
as an additional grant to support staff, volunteer and trustee wellbeing, to assist the organisation deliver its charitable purpose more effectively
Sussex Community Foundation - Grant to The Wave Project
£3,600 19/11/2020
0
Funding was provided for project costs associated in delivering The Wave Project at Southwick Beach in 2021.
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£10,000 22/09/2020
"The fund aims to:1) To reduce closures of essential charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to ....more
The Clothworkers Foundation - Grant to Wave Project
£12,600 03/04/2020
purchase van for a charity that works with disadvanteged young people in York & Humberside
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£30,000 14/02/2020
Surf Therapy
Sport England - Toyota Parasport Fund - Wave Project
£4,613 14/02/2020
24
Funding under Sport England's Toyota Parasport Fund funding programme for a Revenue project titled Toyota Parasport Fund - Wave Project. This project is a Surfing project, with a focus on ....more
DCMS - ALB-Sport England-Toyota Parasport Fund - Wave Project
£4,613 14/02/2020
Funding under Sport England's Toyota Parasport Fund funding programme for a Revenue project titled Toyota Parasport Fund - Wave Project. This project is a Surfing project, with a focus on ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - The Wave Project - Surf therapy for young people
£9,540 07/02/2020
1
The funding will be used to run surf therapy for young people with mental health issues. The project aims to bring the young people and local volunteers together to learn from each other and improve ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Improve wellbeing in young people through surfing
£199,728 12/11/2019
48
The Wave Project is using a £199,728 grant for their 'Improving Wellbeing in Young People through Surfing' project which will run over the next four years. The project aims to improve the wellbeing ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - The Wave Project Isle of Wight
£206,700 01/07/2019
60
The Wave Project (TWP) supports young people to feel more positive and emotionally strong through surfing. Funding will be used to cover the salary cost of a Project Coordinator, as well as general ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to Wave Project
£99,000 22/02/2019
36
over three years towards the salary of a regional co-ordinator for an organisation using surf therapy to support young people's mental health across the UK
Sport England - Potentials Fund – Outdoors
£151,501 23/10/2018
23
Funding under Sport England's Potentials Fund funding programme for a Revenue project titled Potentials Fund – Outdoors. This project is a Multi Sports project, with a focus on younger ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Wave Project Surf Club Scarborough ? Changing lives through surfing
£5,000 03/07/2018
12
This project is to deliver weekly surf sessions for young people that have completed one of the six week surf therapy sessions.
National Lottery Community Fund - Wave Project Dorset
£148,887 21/03/2018
36
The funding will be used to support young people to improve their mental and physical health, through surfing. The project uses a programme of surfing and peer-mentoring, where young people learn to ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - The Wave Project Scotland; Changing Lives Through Surfing
£106,000 26/07/2017
24
This group will use the funding to build their surf therapy and peer mentoring project aimed at young people aged between 8 and 24 experiencing depression, anxiety or low mood, or who have ....more
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to The Wave Project
£90,000 08/06/2017
36
towards three years' running costs of a project that provides surfing and other sea sports to children and young people at risk of mental health problems in West Sussex
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£10,000 10/05/2017
Building Better Interventions
BBC Children in Need - Grant to The Wave Project
£85,679 09/02/2017
36
The project supports children and young people with mental health issues and learning disabilities through surfing and peer mentoring. By taking part in the activities it helps to improve confidence, ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Wave Project: Scarborough
£9,620 18/01/2017
12
This project is the delivery of therapeutic surfing sessions for vulnerable children and young people, including those with autism, mental health issues and learning disabilities. This will provide ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - The Wave Project Surf Club – Changing lives through surfing.
£35,500 29/03/2016
12
The Wave Project Surf Club – Changing lives through surfing.
National Lottery Community Fund - The Wave Project - Cornwall and Devon
£475,964 13/01/2016
36
This project will use surfing to help improve the lives of 720 vulnerable young people aged 8-19 in Cornwall and North Devon. It will help those at risk of mental health problems or social isolation ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Wave Project Cymru
£142,000 29/07/2015
35
Wave Project Cymru
National Lottery Community Fund - The Wave Project Dorset
£138,994 10/08/2014
35
Not Available
National Lottery Community Fund - The Wave Project
£177,100 15/08/2012
36
The Wave Project supports children suffering from emotional trauma and mental health issues by using surfing to improve confidence, help them make friends and develop core life skills such as ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How do they operate?

Surf Therapy

Objectives: To help reduce anxiety and promote positive mental health in young people

Intervention period: Six weeks

Beneficiaries: Young people aged 8 to 21

Location: Locations across UK

Description: Surf therapy programmes offer young people aged 8 to 21 the opportunity to participate in a specialised surf therapy session once a week for six weeks. Each young person is referred to the course from a school or local service (e.g. GP, social services, etc) and are paired with a volunteer surf mentor to receive one-to-one support appropriate to their needs for the duration of the course

Surf Club

Objectives: To help reduce anxiety and promote positive mental health in young people

Intervention period: Dependant on the individual

Beneficiaries: Young people aged 8 to 21

Location: Locations across UK

Description: Surf Club is for young people who have completed Wave Projects surf therapy courses. It provides young people with continued access to a regular surf session at their local beaches as well as a range of other activities that gives them the opportunity to socialise and maintain friendships. Social events linked to the clubs also take place throughout the year for participants and their families

Adaptive Surfing

Objectives: To make surfing accessible to young people with physical disabilities

Intervention period: Dependant on the individual

Location: Croyde, North Devon

Description: Adaptive Surfing allows young people with a range of physical disabilities to attend surfing sessions. They are delivered by experienced, International Surf Association-accredited Adaptive Surfing coaches, alongside a team of trained volunteers. Sessions usually last two hours, depending on the weather and conditions on the day and move at the pace of the surfer. Specialist equipment is also available that includes two beach wheelchairs, a large seated board, and prone boards with handles to allow for a greater sense of independent surfing, and wetsuits with zips in the arms and legs to make changing easier and more comfortable

Beach School

Objectives: To use beaches as classrooms and engage students in unique schemes of work and lesson plans linked to the national curriculum

Location: Cornwall only

Description: Beach School is a one-day per week intervention aimed at small groups of students. Delivered on the beach and in the sea, children follow a curriculum inspired course by the ocean. Each lesson is pitched at their age group and follows a different subject area, such as maths, literacy or art

Wave Rangers

Objectives: To develop teaching staff with a model for learning outside the classroom for at-risk students

Description: Wave Rangers is a cascade learning course for teachers, HLTA's and youth leaders which creates a model for teaching outside the classroom. At the end of the course, educators will be qualified Wave Rangers Leaders and have developed their own Wave Rangers programme for at-risk students in their school or learning environment

Surf Back to School

Objectives: To use a beach setting and tailored curriculum to aid children at risk of exclusion, or excluded back into school

Location: Cornwall only

Description: Surf Back To School is a bespoke intervention for children who are at risk of exclusion, or have been excluded, from mainstream school. Usually working 1:2 with a qualified teacher and surf coach, each student progresses at their own pace with a tailored curriculum suitable for their needs

How effective are they?
Outputs
Outcomes
Y/EYoung people supported through Surf Therapy, Education, and Adaptive Surfing programmes% of
31/01/20232,035%
31/01/20222,253%
Notes: Impact data is based on pre- and post-intervention surveys from students taking part in surf therapy courses. Participants recorded their wellbeing before and after a course based on a 5 point scale

Commentary: Typically, participants see a 15% increase in confidence
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How do we calculate this?

Who works here?

  • SIOBHAN SWIFT
    Head of Operations
    Appointed: December 2022
Siobhán joined the organisation in 2019, having gained a background in NHS management and accountancy
  • SUSIE CROFT
    Head of Fundraising
    Appointed: April 2022
  • RAMON VAN DE VELDE
    CEO
Ramon became part of Wave Project Following four years as Managing Director of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. He has extensive leadership experience having also held the CEO role with St Aubyn Estates and leadership roles with the Eden Project and Theatre Royal in Plymouth. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, and has a Masters in Personnel and Development. He’s a well known contributor to South West business life as a Non Executive Director of ....more

How is it governed?

Trustees (4)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 46-65
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 04/09/2015, number: 1163421
  • Registered at Companies House on 11/01/2011, number: 07489189
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Event History
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
7 returns made; AR20: 185 days late,
Recent reorganisation events:
  • Asset transfer in from HHLG - HEATH HOSPITAL LOURDES GROUP on 17/03/2022
Main office

6 Fore Street
Newquay
CORNWALL
TR7 1LN

Objectives

1. TO ADVANCE IN LIFE, RELIEVE THE NEEDS OF AND HELP YOUNG PEOPLE AND IN PARTICULAR (BUT WITHOUT LIMITATION) THOSE AFFECTED BY DISABILITY, ILLNESS, MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, SOCIAL EXCLUSION, LOW SELF-ESTEEM OR OTHER DISADVANTAGE OR DIFFICULTY INCLUDING (BUT NOT LIMITED TO) BY; (A) THE PROVISION OF RECREATIONAL AND LEISURE TIME ACTIVITIES PROVIDED IN THE INTERESTS OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WITH A VIEW TO IMPROVING THEIR CONDITIONS OF LIFE; AND(B) THE ADVANCEMENT OF THEIR EDUCATION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR SKILLS, CAPABILITIES AND CONFIDENCE;IN PARTICULAR (BUT WITHOUT LIMITATION) THROUGH THE PROVISION OF INSTRUCTION IN AND FACILITIES FOR SURFING AND OTHER RELATED SPORTS; AND2. TO ADVANCE, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC, SUCH OTHER PURPOSES AS ARE EXCLUSIVELY CHARITABLE UNDER THE LAW OF ENGLAND AND WALES AS THE TRUSTEES MAY FROM TIME TO TIME DETERMINE.

Defined Area of Benefit:

NOT DEFINED

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase

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