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.

Extracts from the Log Book of Jim Cave (Coniston Dormitory) 1952

26/10/2017

Extracts from a Log Book completed by a young man named Jim Cave who came to Brathay in 1952. Jim was on one of the Four Week Apprentice Courses – our standard fare in those days.Find Out more

Promoting Young People’s Wellbeing through Empowerment and Agency

17/10/2017

Dave Harvey, our head of residential provision, reviews our latest publication.Find Out more

A letter from France

14/09/2017

Our archivist puts the spotlight on a recent letter he received from France containing memories of a visit to our Ambleside HQ in the 1970s.Find Out more

Transformational Youth Work – It’s all about the worker

30/08/2017

What is the secret ingredient, the magic formula that gets young people with no qualifications and little self-esteem out of bed and engaging in positive activities? My answer? It comes down to the quality of the worker.Find Out more

Volunteer Case Study: Iona Golby

14/08/2017

Iona has volunteered for Brathay’s Marketing and Fundraising departments for around two days per week between July and August 2017. Find out more about what she got up to here!Find Out more

Can you help us pave the way for a better outdoor space for young people?

03/08/2017

We're looking for help to re-invigorate the outdoor space at one of our outdoor education centre in the Lake District, Low Bank Ground. Could you help?Find Out more

Whatever (still) floats your boat

20/07/2017

​Plenty of the present and past generations have enjoyed (or struggled in) the famous Brathay boats but this post looks at the first outing of a brand new boat in 1955.Find Out more

Top 10 things to do in Ambleside, summer 2017

07/07/2017

We’ve compiled a handy list of the top 10 things to do in Ambleside this summer especially for you. From sports activities to music festivals there is something for everyone!Find Out more

Brathay apprentice challenged

19/06/2017

Our archivist digs out a letter from long ago about an apprentice who came to Brathay in 1951 and how the experience built up his self-esteem and confidence to face the future.Find Out more

The impact of the school funding crisis

04/05/2017

With the General Election looming, school funding is at the top of many educationalists’ agendas. With a £3bn saving needing to be made by 2020 it's an uncertain time for both schools and residential providers. Our Head of Residential Provision, Dave Harvey, takes a look...Find Out more