Seeing is Believing in Newquay
4 November 2015
Seeing is Believing is the CCF's regular event to give the opportunity to donors and supporters to visit projects where our grants have made a difference to the community. The Newquay event on the 3rd of November first visited Newquay Christian Centre and then continued with a presentation by the Wave Slaves Surf Club, kindly hosted by John and Carol Armstrong at the Headland Hotel.
Despite its traditional reputation as a popular tourist destination, Newquay faces considerable socio-economic issues including high level of child poverty. The CCF has invested over £6m in community projects since 2003, and over £200,000 was invested in community groups in Newquay.
Newquay Christian Centre (NCC) is based in the heart of Newquay and is in a prime location for individuals, children, young people and their families to access NCC's services. Mike Robins Senior Pastor gave a passionate presentation about the invaluable work of the Centre. NCC has a number of projects that provide services for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. They recognise the value of youth work in contributing positively to young people's personal growth and to the growth of the communities they live in. Their support work is extended to the rest of the family with a CCF funded Family Community Worker. NCC is an outlet for the Foodbank and processed CCF crisis funding for homeless people in the Newquay area.
Wave Slaves Surf Club is a volunteer lead community project that gives young people between the ages of 8 and 18 the opportunity to enjoy surfing in their home town in a safe, fun and affordable environment. Pat O’Brien and Catherine Collier from Wave Slaves gave an inspiring presentation about the fantastic work they do for young people in Newquay.
As Newquay is dubbed the ‘surfing capital of the UK’, surfing activities are generally targeted toward a tourist market which means the prices are at a premium. It was found that only a small percentage of young people between the ages of 8 and 18 had the opportunity to surf due to financial restraints. Wave Slaves gives its members the opportunity to surf weekly at an affordable rate, receive high level input from qualified instructors and learn beach safety skills which benefit the whole community. Wave Slaves received funding from the CCF’s Albert Van Den Bergh & Jane Hartley Fund towards the purchase of 30 boards and suits to support the surfing of their 50 children and young people each week.