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When To Swipe Right

When To Swipe Right: Who Should You Partner With to Evaluate Your Program In our prior post we discussed when to consider 3rd party evaluations and introduced our experience working with 3rd parties to evaluate your program. In this post we’ll explore how we chose a partner to work with. As you will not have […]

Learning From The Past

Learning From The Past: 3rd Party Programme Assessments In the first part of our MEL series, we share our experiences and lessons learned from working with a third party to conduct a comprehensive programme evaluation. A Waves for Change focus group discussion. W4C 2015 Programme Assessment After years of internally evaluating and improving our programme, […]


W4C is an award-winning organisation based in Cape Town led by surfers and mental health professionals. We have developed evidence-based learn-to-surf programmes that alleviate symptoms of trauma in at-risk youth. In 2016, we want to share our experience with you, so more young people can experience the joy of the ocean. We’re looking for dedicated, […]

The Guardian profiles W4C’s Michaylah Petersen and Yanga Mpompomo

Last week the UK’s Guardian newspaper popped by Waves for Change’s Muizenberg site and spent some time with the crew from Masiphumelele and Lavender Hill. What follows in an insight into the power of surfing in some of Cape Town’s most violent townships, and how it’s changing lives on a daily basis. Read the story […]

Sunday times lists W4C as one of the Young Guns of 2015

Sunday times lists W4C as one of the Young Guns of 2015 We’re stoked to announce that W4C Founder Tim Conibear was listed as one of the ‘Young Guns’ of 2015 by the SA Sunday Times. The article listed politicians, actors, leading business people and entrepreneurs who ‘blew up’ in 2015. Somehow our founder Tim […]

Jack Cheetham Memorial and Letsema Awards

Murray & Roberts, in partnership with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), hosted the 34th annual Jack Cheetham Memorial and Letsema Awards at a gala event held in Sandton last week Thursday. The Jack Cheetham Memorial Award was initiated by Murray & Roberts 34 years ago in recognition of the special qualities […]

W4C in Lavender Hill

In January of this year we were asked to open programming for Lavender Hill. For those that don’t know Lavender Hill, it’s a community set about 1km back from Muizenberg Beach on the southern shores of Cape Town. It’s an assortment of 1960’s concrete ‘courts’, multi-story apartments set around a communal ‘court’, and crowded blocks […]

Beyond Sport 2015 Winner

BEYOND SPORT AWARDS 2015 WINNERS ANNOUNCED The work of the world’s most inspiring and impactful sport for social change organisations was celebrated last night as the winners of the Beyond Sport Awards 2015, supported by Comic Relief, were revealed in London. 39 projects were shortlisted for the seventh annual Beyond Sport Awards representing 23 sports […]

Waves for Change profiled in the UK’s Independent on Sunday

Waves for Change profiled in the UK’s Independent on Sunday We’re stoked to report that Waves for Change was recently profiled in the UK’s Independent on Sunday. If you’re interested in the Waves for Change story, this makes essential reading! Check it out: Waves for Change: How surf therapy is helping South Africa’s most deprived […]

Sport and Health Award

Waves for Change Shortlisted for Beyond Sport – Sport and Health Award. Waves for Change is stoked to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for the coveted ‘Beyond Sport – Sport for Health Award‘. The international awards, held in London from October 19 – 21, recognise outstanding achievement and innovation in the Sport for Development sector. […]