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.

Top 10 things to do around Ambleside this Spring (part 2)


Our Client Relationship Executive, John Smale, carries on his and his families’ list of favourites to do this Spring around Ambleside, the Lake District...Find Out more

Top 10 things to do around Ambleside this Spring (part 1)


After moving to Kendal in 2004 our Client Relationship Executive, John Smale, has explored most of what’s on offer in the area and here are some of his and his families’ favourites to do this Spring around Ambleside, the Lake District...Find Out more

Life at Brathay long ago


Maurice, from our archive, shares some quotes from customers’ contributions to the 1960's course magazine: BRATHAY NEWSFind Out more

Supporting the development of emerging talent


Our Head of Business Development, Gary Tully, tells us about his time supporting the Leeds Uni Leaders in Residence meeting.Find Out more

What makes a #BrilliantResidential – bottling fairy dust…


What makes a residential so special? Our Research Operations Manager, Helen, takes a look and explains how we promote wellbeing though our residential programmes.Find Out more

Wellbeing – leaving the shame game behind


Guest writer Jacqui Sjenitzer, a trained coach, psychologist and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, discusses wellbeing, and how childhood shame messages affect the way adults subsequently live, lead and work.Find Out more

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


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


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

A letter from France


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


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