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The Shield

Run in partnership with Riverside Housing, the programme supports young people living in supported accommodation to reach their full potential and be able to cope with the demands of independent living when it is time to leave their supported accommodation. The Shield has three key intentions: increasing mental health and wellbeing; improving life skills, and increasing a young person’s ability to succeed in training, education or employment.

Funded by BBC Children in Need Next Steps

Be Safe and Value Yourself

BeSavy uses youth work and therapeutic sessions to positively engage young people who are vulnerable and at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation, including young offenders, girls and boys at risk of CSE, and looked-after children.

The aim behind BeSavy is to build resilience; look at healthy/unhealthy relationships; keeping safe and what to do when bad things happen.

Funded by the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner, Cumbria

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young people from Elevate community group walking towards Barrow Fire Station


Offering early intervention for young people at risk of offending, we combine 1:1 holistic support and outreach work with a flexible and responsive programme of positive group activities. The focus is on personal development and life skills using outdoor and creative tools.

South Lakes Elevate funded by CCF Youth Opportunities and The Hadfield Trust

Barrow Elevate funded by UKSPF 

Ready Together

Working with young families to show parents how to engage with their pre-school children to build their future confidence, skills and aspirations. The programme offers 1:1 coaching for parents or carers in their own home and promotes ‘home learning’ by demonstrating ways of developing a child’s communication and language.

Funded by Cumbria Community Foundation on behalf of the Jim Bowers Foundation, and Francis Scott Community Trust

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Strong Foundations, Successful Futures

A mental health and wellbeing programme to reduce anxiety and loneliness developed during Covid. The programme activities to increase connectivity and resilience and links in with local schools and communities. Home-based activities include Take and Make food and recipe packages and homework clubs.

Funded by Cumberland Building Society and Walney Island Ext. Fund.  Soon to be funded by the Covid Outbreak Management Fund, managed by Cumbria Youth Alliance on behalf of Cumbria County Council

South Cumbria Resilience Project

An innovative detached youth work scheme delivering targeted 1:1 support for young people in Kendal.

Funded by Francis Scott Charitable Trust. Soon to be funded by the Covid Outbreak Management Fund, managed by Cumbria Youth Alliance on behalf of Cumbria County Council.  Previously funded by Cumbria Safety Partnership and Cumbria County Council

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Feel Good, Function Well

A mental health wellbeing and resilience programme aimed at targeted pupils in Barrow and Dalton-in-Furness struggling to transition between year groups and schools. The programme is an early intervention to reduce the number of young people needing future mental health support. 

Previously funded by BBC Children in Need

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Rachel tells her Brathay story

See, Hear, Respond

A supportive outreach street-based programme for children and young people experiencing harm and increased adversity as a result of coronavirus. The project provides safe 1:1 support, encouraging them to reconnect with education with therapeutic guidance offered as needed.

Funded by Department of Education funding, managed by Barnardo’s.

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We work with young people, families, employers and employees, to enhance wellbeing and create long-lasting personal change.