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Trustees’ Statement

Welcome to the Surf Action Website. This website provides a large amount of practical and educational information about trauma, recovery and good mental and physical health.

Health is not the absence of disease. It is a quality of being that allows us to truly live, love, share and enjoy ourselves. It allows us to focus and have enough energy to function successfully in the world, but also to take stock and reflect on where we need to go next. It allows us to share, to communicate, and to be open when we need to be and closed when we feel vulnerable or tired.

Surf Action is a charity (1140191) whose primary role is to promote and protect the physical and psychological wellbeing of serving and former serving members of the armed forces and the blue-light emergency services and their families who are living with physical and/or psychological difficulties as a result of their service and to assist them into making the transition into civilian life.

Surf Action promotes good mental health through personal development, education and employment and empowers its service users to lead healthy, fulfilled and independent lives and to become valued and active members of their community. Core to achieving this is the use of the blue gym concept and involving our service users in Ocean Therapy which includes surfing and other high intensity water-sports in the magnificent coastal environment around us.

Surf Action has researched and designed its own Ocean Therapy based ‘Joined-Up Recovery’ model, an integrated recovery approach, which gives the service users and their families a bespoke pathway which they can access in order to achieve the best outcomes for themselves. It has been trialled and refined by Surf Action and qualitatively evaluated and published by Dr Nick Caddick of the ‘Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport’ at Loughborough University.
(Read: The recovery model)

The Surf Action Joined-Up Recovery Model recognises that the front line is not the only place where battles are fought and that partners, parents and children are also deeply affected by a loved-ones military experiences and often bear a heavy burden if injuries, be they physical or psychological, are sustained. PTSD, as an invisible injury, can be especially hard for families.

Our focus is on the successful transition of ex-service and their families into civilian life. We work with many other organisations to help achieve the best support synergy for the individual and their family. Through a dedicated peer support network for the service user and a comprehensive set of family orientated workshops which cover subjects from trauma, good mental health and healthy living we encourage them to live well in spite of any difficulties which they face and to be independent rather than dependent.

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The Surf Action QR Code

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With a significant increase in demand for our support and intervention services, Surf Action has recently moved its HQ to new premises which are better suited to meet the needs of our service users and their families.