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Funding to support Groundswell Scotland; a surf therapy CiC aiding trauma recovery

Surf Therapy

Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar’s joint Covid-19 crisis fund is helping Groundswell Scotland, as the organisation continues to provide surf therapy throughout lockdown and as restrictions begin to ease.

A donation of £2,500 has been provided to the surf therapy community interest company CiC, who have been supporting women on a 1-1 basis during lockdown. The CiC offers support to women who have experienced disproportionate challenges and difficulties as a result of the pandemic.

As lockdown restrictions start to ease Groundswell Scotland want to continue their amazing work by offering three programmes between May 2021 and November 2021, totaling 1029 hours of surf therapy. The funding will go towards purchasing PPE and equipment to ensure the programmes are Covid secure.

Groundswell have trained volunteer facilitators and “surf-sister” mentors, who support programme participants in and out of the ocean. The programmes are designed to improve and develop self-regulation, embodiment practices and healing tools through surfing’s connection to nature and the community.

Due to the pandemic there has been a vast increase in the numbers of domestic violence, abuse and sexual assault. Groundswell’s brilliant programmes are designed to help heal and provide a safe space for trauma recovery. Participating in the surf therapy programmes allows women to access a specialist course specifically aimed at helping trauma survivors build their own sustainable tools for wellbeing.

Sally Harris, founder and lead facilitator at Groundwell Scotland said “One in four women worldwide will require treatment for depression in their lifetime and more women face PTSD than men due to exposure to sexual violence.

“We are delighted to receive this funding from Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar as we aim to provide a Covid safe way to support and change the lives of vulnerable women across East Lothian.”

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower said “The work that Groundswell Scotland undertakes is incredible, helping to support some of the most vulnerable women in the community. In particular, during the Covid-19 pandemic, where there has been a shocking rise in domestic violence.

“The funding will provide a brilliant opportunity for Groundswell Scotland to continue and further their essential work as lockdown restrictions start to ease. The work that Sally and her team undertake is invaluable and a brilliant support system for the women in the East Lothian community and across Scotland.”

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