Brathay Trust

Targeted Youth Development

We specialise in engaging and inspiring young people, many of whom are experiencing difficulties with their lives. Our unique approach supports their personal and social development, critical awareness, aspirations and life chances. Our work aims to contribute to four key outcomes:

  • Reducing offending and anti-social behaviour
  • Improving learning, attainment and employability
  • Increasing well-being and empowerment for young people in need
  • Improving communities: meeting local needs

Our Philosophy and Values.

Our aim is to promote social justice. We work with and for young people, investing in their development, championing their rights, and challenging the conditions in society that have led to some of their difficulties. We want young people to become successful through making their own choices and decisions. By doing this they will become confident and flourish.

Our staff are highly skilled, and come from a range of professional backgrounds.  Our youth development work incorporates:

  • A person centred approach, respecting each individuals’ ability to learn and grow
  • Experiential learning as a powerful vehicle for personal development through awareness of self, others, and communities
  • Strong relationships and secure attachments
  • Challenges that ‘spark’ young people’s empowerment
  • Meaningful choices, personal responsibility and experiences of participation

We use a range of specialist methods and tools in order to achieve positive outcomes for young people. These include:

  • Community based (in families, in schools, in the local areas) and residential developmental youth work
  • Creative, outdoor activities
  • Adult facilitation and peer mentoring
  • Short, medium and long term programmes

“I have a high regard and respect for the work that Brathay does and I see the impact that it has on young people. The response to Brathay from their partners in the Statutory sector is amazing and I’m personally very proud of the work that they do in ensuring young people are assertive and confident” 
Strategic Director Children and Young People

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