Brathay Blog

Catch up on what the Brathay team are up to, and their thoughts on a range of subjects relating to our work with children and young people, our research activities and fundraising.

Tea and scones in the conservatory anyone?

Have a glimpse into the past of Brathay Hall to see a long lost conservatory which once stood alongside the main hall. Could this piece of the past return or is it to remain a distant memory? Find Out more

NCS - Not perfect, but it IS making a difference for young people and their communities

A recent report on the future of National Citizen Service (NCS) has highlighted that the programme needs to reduce costs and demonstrate long-term impact. As an organisation delivering the programme, we have seen first-hand the benefits that the programme brings to the young people involved, and to their communities. Find Out more

When partnership works to make a small idea great!

Our head of Community Provision, Jenni MacDuff, takes a look at our partnership with St. Luke's hospice and how it has worked to support bereaved young people in Sheffield.Find Out more

Why outdoor activity beats screen time every time

How do we change a culture that has seen young people want to spend more time inside and how can we help them access the outdoors as well as encourage families to engage together?Find Out more

The Government Visitor

This is a story about a rather distinguished visitor who came to Brathay and the surprises he encountered while he was here.Find Out more

Supporting the wellbeing of school’s high achievers

Children’s mental health is featuring increasingly highly on many schools’ agendas. Dave Harvey, Head or Residential Provision at Brathay, shares an approach to supporting gifted and talented students.Find Out more

The seven ages of Brathay, part 2

Our archivist, Maurice Dybeck, looks back at the early days of Brathay and the groups of young people and adults benefiting from our residential programmes. Part 2 takes a look at the 1970s and Bulmers Cider using Brathay...Find Out more

A Brathay Love Story

In 1971 a new love story was about to start for two young adults attending a team leadership programme at Brathy Hall near Ambleside in the beautiful Lake District. 45 years later and the happy couple returned for a long weekend to celebrate their anniversary and to take a trip down memory lane...Find Out more

Has the Troubled Families programme been a waste of money?

NIESR’s report is being interpreted as showing that the Troubled Families programme has failed, saying it has had ‘no significant impact’. Has it been a waste of money? We have real evidence of the transformative power of the programme for families coping with domestic violence, bereavement and mental health problems and the many positive changes it has made to troubled families in Bradford.Find Out more

A chance to go for gold amongst auction lots

Amongst a shining array of auction lots, available as part of Brathay's 70th Anniversary celebrations, is a chance to see a glittering array of jewels and precious metals... and maybe even get your hands on a gold bar!Find Out more