Children learning to surf thanks to Gwent High Sheriff’s fund

10th August 2022

More than 100 children with additional learning needs in Gwent are being taught to surf, supported by funding from the Gwent High Sheriff.

The Gwent High Sheriff’s Fund aims to provide a safer, better quality of life for the people of Gwent by supporting community-based initiatives.

Rewild Play received £5000 from the fund which is being used to offer surfing lessons to children with a variety of additional learning needs and their families. 

Sian Lewis-Evans set up Rewild Play as a charity in 2018 in response to a lack of inclusive services for children in her area. She said: “We aim to provide an inclusive and supportive service that looks after children with additional leaning needs but also their families too.

“Surfing is great for children and really improves their mental health. They have to clear their mind in order to be able to focus on what they are doing which reduces stress and promotes better sleep. It also strengthens their core and improves their balance, making it an excellent activity for both physical and mental health.

“This funding has allowed us to run the surf sessions across the summer and the children are having a fantastic time learning new skills and making friends outdoors.”

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner contributes £65,000 to the fund which is facilitated by Community Foundation Wales.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “It is fantastic to see so many children and young people trying something new and having fun in a safe and supportive environment.

“Rewild Play is helping people to live healthier, safer lives, and I must commend the hard work of the volunteers who make this work possible.”