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Local surf therapy service makes waves online during Coronavirus crisis

7 April 2020 11:19 AM
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Waves for Change tells Early Breakfast host Abs Nzelenzele how it's changing up its surfing therapy service in light of Covid-19.

A local NPO is joining the thousands of service providers in South Africa who're switching up the ways in which they deliver their services in light of the Covid-19 crisis.

Waves for Change (W4C) uses surfing, combined with evidence-based therapy, to promote well-being in children and youth from under-served communities.

Since they're no longer able to get their young clients out in the waves, they've decided to make waves online instead.

The organisation's Robyn Cohen joined Abongile Nzelenzele to explain how they're doing it.

We've been reaching out to the parents in the program, having conversations with them, doing a needs assessment.

Robyn Cohen, National Director - Waves For Change

We've converted some of our relevant program activities into home guides and resources.

Robyn Cohen, National Director - Waves For Change

Cohen says the organisation plays a crucial role in the lives of the young people it helps.

We give the children skills to cope with stress and regulate their behaviour and help them build healthy relationships.

Robyn Cohen, National Director - Waves For Change

And it's not just the children who're continuing to receive support, as Cohen explains.

We've also been supporting our coaches who are young people from the same communities that the children come from.

Robyn Cohen, National Director - Waves For Change

They normally are supported by a debrief psychologist and for now, we've set up a weekly online check-in with a psychologist.

Robyn Cohen, National Director - Waves For Change

W4C operates in some of the most at-risk communities in South Africa and Africa and supports around 1, 500 children and youth each year.

Find out more about www.waves-for-change.org by listening to the full interview below:


7 April 2020 11:19 AM
Tags:
Surfing
Mental health
Therapy
waves for change
COVID-19
W4C

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