W4C strives to constantly refine and improve our service through monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning. We do this through research partnerships with Universities and funders, participating in communities of practice and learning networks, and creating spaces for W4C child and mentor voices to be heard in our programme design and delivery

the w4c hrv learning brief

Heart Rate Variability is considered a reliable measure of how trauma affects our brains and bodies. This learning brief outlines key findings and recommendations from a study undertaken in partnership with Laureus Global Sport for Good Foundation and The New School University, as we explore using Heart Rate Variability as a programme evaluation measure with our children.

download the W4C HRV Learning Brief

Decreased violent and risk behaviour

Improved resilience to trauma and coping skills

Improved happiness and self confidence

Improved engagement at home and school


“W4C has made me feel stronger. Now, I can express how I feel more openly.” – W4C Participant


96% reported feeling happier.

93% feel more confident.

94% feel more safe and have learnt to do new things like swim & surf.

83% calm down when they feel sad, angry or scared. 

“ Waves for Change taught me to be independent and have a hope for tomorrow. If I fall I know that I can rise again. Life is full of challenges, but I should not give up! ” – W4C Participant


“A bonus for me of this project is the change in the attitude of the parents -parents are now positively asking their children ‘what are you doing?’ ‘when do you go to the beach?’; they are understanding their children better and that is a contributing factor to children’s change of mind set.”

Mr Gamiet, Principal at A.W. Barnes Primary School

Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice: Surf Therapy Special Issue