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.

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

Volunteer Case Study: Iona Golby


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?


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


​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