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.

Whatever (still) floats your boat

​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

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

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

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

Corporate Social Responsibility is alive and well in Cumbria

Times are hard, and no more so than for charities competing for ever dwindling resources. More than ever we need strong leaders emerging from and working with communities to tackle the challenges faced in the 3rd sector. Brathay are meeting challenges by working with partners to find creative solutions. Read more here!Find Out more

Looking Both Ways

Our Archivist spends his time looking back to pick up gems from our past that might be both interesting and useful in looking to the future. This week he writes about a couple of recent enquiries which have brought some of Brathay's past explorations to Iceland and Norway to the surface.Find Out more

A BIG Brathay thank you for helping transform young lives

To mark our 70th anniversary in 2016 we launched the New Beginnings appeal to raise money for work with young people leaving the care system. It was a great success thanks to the generous support of businesses and individuals. Thank you! Here are some of the ways we have used your donations...Find Out more

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