What Brathay means to me Friday afternoon reflection from Brathay’s FD. I’ve just being reading Cumbria Life’s fantastic article about Brathay’s 70th anniversary. It really makes me pause for thought. Godfrey sums it up as ”giving young people tools to enable themselves rather than falling into a situation” and Aitch (Helen Carter)’s assertion that it’s “helping young people who perhaps otherwise haven’t been equipped with the skills to thrive” cuts right to the heart of what Brathay’s about for me. It’s certainly why I am here. I mean, what’s not to like, using your own skills to help an organisation that brings about positive changes for others? I often feel (and am regularly told) that Brathay is a very complex beast. There are so many parts to what we do; it takes a vast range of skills and expertise to help bring about positive changes in people's lives. At another level though, it’s incredibly simple. Young people matter so much. They are the future and we owe it to them to do our best. That’s it for me & that’s the heart of Brathay.