We have been working to increase female participation in surfing for a number of years and have now begun programs of surf therapy with marginalised and forgotten communities affected by trauma.
We work with the local women's refuge and their women to provide a safe space to face and explore their trauma impacted by domestic violence. We provide therapeutic tolls for these women to recover their sense of self and to connect with the new environment of the ocean. We want to ensure the women who participate can engage with their feelings, their surroundings and find the resillience that the ocean naturally provides.
We have also been working with young female Syrian refugees locally in North Devon, struggling with a different but equally debillitating trauma inflicted from fleeing a war and living in camps and temporary housing. Many times these girls have never seen the ocean and have limited or no English understanding so helping their trauma and find something to have fun and be a child is such a different experience.
As a team, we believe the ocean can provde so much support for these types of trauma and we have seen the benefits in all of our participants to date.
We know we can help so many more women and girls and working with the local refuge and hopefully extra funding will enable us to work with the local rape crisis team and women and girls affected by gendered & sexual violence on an even larger scale.
Just a few words from some of our particiapnts:
Domestic Violence Trauma:
- 'You have given me back control - you are saving lives'
- 'The rest of my life means something'
Community Trauma (refugees):
- 'i'm so happy - I was scared'
- 'Can I come forever?'
If you want to read a litte more about who we are and what we have done to date, why not head over to our media page.
We hope you have been moved by what we are trying to achieve and the success we have had so far and want to ensure our surf therapy programs can continue in 2022.
Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully donate
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