Cornwall charity Surf Action to expand surfing sessions for military veterans
A Cornwall-based charity, dedicated to supporting military veterans suffering from post traumatic stress and amputations, is set to expand into more regions of the UK.
Surf Action helps member of the armed forces and their families, suffering psychological or physical difficulties as a result of their service, make the transition back to civilian life through surfing projects and peer group activities.
Mark Wesson, Surf Action Operations Manager, said: “We work with a broad spectrum of veterans. They may have physical injuries that you can see or psychological ones you can’t from different experiences that they have either seen or been involved in their military service.”
Currently, Surf Action runs weekly surf sessions in Cornwall, but the charity is progressing with plans to expand close to our holiday parks in Devon, as well as Bournemouth and Weymouth after successful pilot sessions last year.
Those that have taken Devon holidays with us will appreciate the outstanding surfing spots off the Coast. Team this with the strong military background in North Devon and Plymouth, and you have perfect locations for the sessions.
“It’s a business model that can be rolled out in different areas,” added Mr Wesson.
The charity has even been speaking to Plymouth MP Oliver Colvile about the possibility of a residential centre in the city so Surf Action can run more of its week-long courses.
Surf Action stresses the importance of family inclusion within the surfing sessions, offering an opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their children.
Mr Wesson said: “Children suffer from deployment issues or one parent family issues when they go away. If their mum or dad comes back with psychological injuries or physical injuries it’s important to knit the family together. It allows them to understand what’s going on and to rebond with mum and dad.”
For more information, visit www.surfaction.co.uk.