Surf Action, a military charity that supports ex-members of the armed forces who are experiencing post traumatic stress disorder or physical injury, have been supporting a group of Work Choice jobseekers out into the waves in Cornwall.
Our jobseekers headed to Gwithian Beach, the western HQ of the Cornish surf scene, where Surf Action hold regular ‘Surf Clinics’ for military veterans. The Surf Clinic is at the core of the Surf Action ‘Joined-Up Recovery model’. This is where the veterans meet up, socialise, participate in high intensity water-sports and access the comprehensive support services of Surf Action.
Our jobseekers and staff borrowed wetsuits and boards, and headed to the beach where they were shown the basics before heading for the waves. There’s plenty of space at "Gwiv" in the white water to learn to handle the board whilst for the more experienced surfers some of Europe’s best sets were breaking about 6 – 8fft at the back!
The day was all about confidence building and doing something you would never have thought you’d be able to do:
Lauren Mills from Goohhaven had never been surfing before and cant swim!
Jamie Broad from St Day managed to stand up once but he now has a job in the café at Heartlands!
Josh Elwood from St Ives was inspired by the veteran’s stories. He really felt the benefit of physical exercise on his mental health and thoroughly enjoyed the day. He has already planned new coastal walks as a result.