In August we welcomed an organisation from Bolton to Brathay Hall for two residentials.

Bolton Solidarity Community Association supports new migrants and refugees to the town who are facing social isolation and are unemployed. The 25 adults came to Brathay in two groups to get them out of their usual environment, do some team building and improve their planning and problem solving.  

Both groups found the experience very positive; they were able to do things they didn’t think they could. Confidence levels increased and the women that participated have now formed a group and are planning other adventures and including more people. They have made new friends and are keeping in touch with each other. For most of the participants it was the first time they’d left Bolton since arriving in the UK. Comments from them included:

"In Bolton I hardly ever leave the house except from picking the children up from school and shopping. I never thought I would be able to go on the lake in a boat. I am so happy I realised I could do things I never thought I would do in life."
"The instructor was so friendly and helpful. I learned a lot and I was with a great team of people. I would like to go to Brathay again."

The BCSA staff felt the trip to Brathay worked really well too. Trip organiser, Ibrahim, said “It was a great experience. The staff made accommodations for all our needs. They brought the best out of the group. Absolute stars!” His colleague, Fathiya, said the participants learnt “to be adventurous, and that they can do more than they think they can if they set their minds to it.”

Bolton Solidarity Community Association Bolton Solidarity Community Association on Lake Windermere