Louis and Aiden
For the first time ever globally, two young men with Autism and learning disabilities have qualified as International Surf Association - Level 1 Surf Coaches, with Coastal Crusaders. With the different disabilities and conditions both these young men have they are entitled to funding through the Local Authority, to help prepare them for adult life. The Local Authority could see all the benefits for
Louis and Aidan to gain a qualification that would allow them to work in a blue and green landscape that will be massively rewarding for their physical and mental health.
“I am so immensely proud of Aiden’s achievement. Sport is Aiden’s passion and purpose in life and he is now able to support others like him to experience the freedom of the ocean. Aiden is an incredible role model and is proof that disability or neurodivergence does not stop you
from living your very best life.” Aidan's mum, Vicky.
"It's hard to put into words how much Tom Butler & Coastal Crusaders have given to Louis and in turn, to us as a family. What they have all achieved over the past year is incredible. To watch Louis & Aiden gain in self worth & belief &, as a result, achieve what they have is priceless.
Tom & all involved, have given them a purpose & a future by telling them "you can." For that we will always be grateful." Louis's mum, Suzanne.
Young Adult Carer feedback
"I've been in a full-time caring role looking after my mum since I was 7 or 8, so I've never been able to experience a 'normal' childhood as a result."
"As someone who hates being pushed into things, the fact I was encouraged to join in rather than being made to is amazing, thank you Coastal Crusaders."
The fact we get to do beach activities is really cool, because I would never usually get to visit the coast. The break helps me return to my caring role in better spirits.
Ali, Young Adult Carer
Tom has worked with Louis for over 2 years now & it’s hard to put into words exactly how fantastic he is. Louis is learning so much from Tom both in & out of the water. His professionalism, knowledge & ability are all unquestionable. As a person he has a natural ability to take people for who they are, get to know them & get the best out of them.
Suzanne, Louis's Mum
When asked to say something Louis said:
“Tom is very very good. I love him. He makes me feel safe and good!”