Thanks To Those Who Are Giving Back

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National Volunteer Week 2021

Volunteers are an essential part of Ocean Mind. As a non-for-profit organisation, we would not be able to achieve the milestones that we have without our incredible volunteers. We are so grateful and really appreciate the generosity of every single person who donates their time to help change the lives of young people, who are experiencing mental health issues, through surf therapy.

Our surf therapy programs incorporate a number of different elements in them, and is much more than simply learning how to surf. Each participant is partnered with a volunteer who mentors them through the six-week surf program. Mentors help participants to learn the basics of surfing, but they also develop a connection, which helps foster a sense of trust between the mentor and participants, and helps to grow the participants confidence.

One of our previous mentors; Laura, said that she enjoyed being a part of the Ocean Mind program because “it enables young people who wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity, to experience a fun part of life in a safe and supported environment.” Laura goes on to say “as a health professional I help kids every day in a clinical setting but I enjoyed how the Ocean Mind program helps kids to have fun, be social and become part of a community.”

For many people surfing and being in the ocean can be a great way to take care of their own mental health. One of Ocean Mind’s surf instructors; Michel, has said that “surfing has helped [him] to get through difficult periods of [his] life” and that being a part of Ocean Mind has been “a great way to share the experience and hopefully help others get through difficult periods of their lives”.

We have received some incredible feedback from past participants and their parent’s including one mother, who told us that her daughter said Ocean Mind is “the only place she’s found, outside of home, where her outside matches her inside. For her that means she’s not masking who she is. She’s free to be who she is and that’s a first for her”.

Volunteers at Ocean Mind are helping to change lives through surf therapy. To find out more, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit our volunteer page here

If you feel passionate about our cause, but don’t have the time to volunteer, we would be super grateful if you are able to donate $10 a month – over a year, it will cover the cost of 1 young person to complete 1 surf therapy session. To make a donation please visit our donation page here

COVID-19 – Ocean Mind Update

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COVID-19 – Ocean Mind Update

The health and safety of our participants and mentors are always our top priority. Ocean Mind is taking a number of steps to support our team and participants.  
Ocean Mind will also be making some changes to the way we run our programs to support the community response:

  • reviewing the activities and games to minimise close contact between our participants
  • emphasising good hand hygiene messages at the start of our program
  • engaging in a discussion with the participants about what this means to them, recognising that this situation may raise mental health concerns to the surface for some.

We are also asking all those that plan to participate in our programs before the end of the season to:

  • Advise Ocean mind staff if you have traveled from another country in the last 14 days.
  • If you are showing any symptoms or illness that you don’t attend our programs or events.

The team at Ocean Mind are closely monitoring this situation and developing plans to play our part in reducing the impact of COVID-19 on the community and health system. We will take our lead from the Victorian government response, and this may impact our events and program delivery, so we will keep you informed as things progress.

This is a constantly evolving situation, so we have set up a subset of our Board who are communicating daily to discuss our ongoing response and ensure we have the latest information from health authorities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us to discuss.
Thank you,

Rachael Parker
Founder/CEO
Ocean Mind

Ocean Mind & Jack Freestone

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Last week the Ocean Mind family got to surf and hang out with Australian Pro Surfer Jack Freestone. It was a perfect sunny morning, with clean waves rolling in at Anglesea beach. Thanks to the team of volunteers including Damien Cole – Independent for their dedication and passion. Jezzalanko Creative thank you for capturing this moment.

“Ocean Mind are doing some amazing work. Surfing has given me so much and impacts me in a positive way every time I get in the ocean, so to share the stoke and time in the water with these amazing kids, was just really cool.” Jack Freestone

Healing wounds and boosting mental health with surfing

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If you’re looking for ways to help children deal with family violence, disability and mental health, have you ever considered surfing?

The Ocean Mind surfing program, run along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, has been helping young people since 2016. Their approach is based on the Wave Project, a successful intervention program in the UK.

Guests:

Bella, Ethan and Chloe, some of the participants of Ocean Mind surf school

Mel, mother of Bella

Will Devine, mentor with Ocean Mind

Rachael Parker, CEO and founder of Ocean Mind

Originally posted on ABC.net.au at https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/healing-wounds-and-boosting-mental-health-with-surfing/11906848

August 2018 Newsletter

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The 2018 – 2019 season is upon us and I’m super excited about jumping back in the ocean with all our Ocean Mind friends and families.
It’s been a busy couple of months and I’m thrilled to share all our plans for the upcoming season. It is shaping up to be a season full of friendship, fun and surfing.

Read on to find out everything we have been up to and how you can show your support for us this month.

Best Wishes
Rachael Parker – Founder/CEO

ABC Compass

Ocean Mind along with 2 other grassroots organisations in Geelong will be showcased on ABC’s Compass program.
Saturday 18th August 6pm.
Thank to The Funding Network and Give Where You Live for this amazing opportunity.
Watch the Trailer

Volunteer Info Night

Ocean Mind will soon be kicking off the season and we need your help.
If you have ever thought about becoming a volunteer with Ocean Mind please come down to the information session.
Date: Wed 29th August
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Place: Spring Creek
Community House
14 Price St, Torquay.
RSVP for Info Session

K-Rock Drive Time

Ocean Mind will be joining your drive home time Wednesday 15th August at 4.40pm. Tune in to hear us talk about the program and how The Fundraising Network and Give Where You Live made a massive impact to us.
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