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W4C provides a child-friendly mental health service to at-risk youth living in unstable communities. Through access to safe spaces, caring mentors, and a provision of weekly Surf Therapy sessions, W4C gives children skills to cope with stress, regulate behaviour, build healing relationships, and make positive life choices.

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Waves for Change founder Tim Conibear shares the journey of a small surf club into an award-winning child-friendly mental health service. 

Up to 20% of young South Africans are effected by Post Traumatic Stress. Waves for Change is pioneering a winning formula of surfing and evidence based therapy programming to break the cycles of violence that keep South Africa’s youth from their true potential. Video by Florian Bison Photography – Winner Le Book Creative Award 2015