Interview: Tim Conibear of Waves For Change

Published On April 15, 2015 | Interviews

Waves for Change driver talks research projects, reach and growth for surf therapy
Waves for Change started organically at Muizenberg beach in Cape Town, South Africa.
On occasional weekends and weekdays between 2010 and 2011, Tim Conibear and Elizabeth Benninger – both foreign nationals studying and working in South Africa – began running informal surfing sessions for young people from the Masiphumelele and Lavender Hill communities.

With the assistance of young South Africans, and W4C co-founders, Apish Tshetsha and Bongani Ndlovu, a programme began to develop that identified and met a a gap in the provision of primary social care and support to vulnerable young adults. It was found many young South African faced daily exclusion due to behavioural or learning difficulties, often arising from continued exposure to violence or acute emotional / psychological stress (trauma).
Today, the W4C programme has developed an award winning curriculum that fuses elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Humanistic Therapy and Surfing to promote the wellbeing and stability of young people who have been adversely effected by the unstable surrounds of their community.


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