Making Waves is a pioneering surfing charity based in Porthcawl, South Wales inspiring and educating through surfing and surf culture. Our programme areas are:
1) Accessible and inclusive surfing opportunities for disadvantaged groups – delivered through partnership working with existing charities and agencies, to aim to include adults, children and young people with physical disabilities; those with autism/aspergers; those living with mental health issues, looked after children; young offender;, families in poverty; and families of war veterans affected by PTSD; ex offenders; those living with mental health issues and those affected by homelessness
2) Social Enterprise Apprenticeship Scheme for NEET youth – a professional surf café and surf lodge business in Porthcawl that offers on the job training and experience in business, catering and tourism for 18 NEET apprentices a year, with an additional training programme exploring other relevant sectors involved in surf culture such as film, journalism, retail, music, craft & design (boards and wetsuits), events management and more to educate, inspire, building confidence and skills.
3) Wave Makers: Global and local citizenship – delivered through many routes including voluntary opportunities with our surfing opportunities programme, public talks and presentations at the surf café, an education programme for local schools exploring the needs in established surfing destinations in third world countries, and general promotion through our online and social networks to encourage people to create change in the local or wider world themselves, either through other international surfing or environmental charities or those in broader fields of social inclusion and poverty.