Getting the disengaged

Our engagement programmes are tailored towards specific vulnerable groups, delivered in the community and as Brathay residentials, or both.

Programmes are designed to help young people to feel safer and happier and to interact with the world around them – be it family, school, or college, at work, or within the wider community.

We focus on:

  • Strengthening resilience and wellbeing
  • What makes them disinterested, reckless, or unmotivated
  • Developing the right interpersonal and practical skills to re-engage
  • Building on trust and positive relationships
  • Working with partner agencies for long-lasting outcomes

A few examples of our work around Engagement:


Be Safe and Value Yourself (BeSavy) supports young people aged 12-17 with issues that increase their risk of child sexual exploitation. Many will have experienced unsafe situations, both online and in the community; challenges at home or school, and are likely to have low wellbeing and self-esteem.

They may also go missing from home/care, be resistant to engagement with statutory services, or experience other risk factors such as drug or alcohol abuse.

How it works

We use targeted prevention combining one-to-one support, community group activity and time away at Brathay to help build safe, positive relationships, raise awareness, and provide opportunities to learn through experience.


  • Increased self-esteem and self-efficacy
  • Greater confidence and sense of control
  • Willingness to speak out
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Recognition of unhealthy relationships and risk-taking behaviour
  • Awareness of exploitation and grooming techniques
  • Knowledge and trust around statutory and community services
  • Disclosure and information sharing to aid crisis intervention
  • Reduced missing from home reports and risk-taking behaviour

#FeelGood #FunctionWell 

It’s estimated that 26% of young people experience suicidal thoughts while depression among teenagers is rising fast year on year. Anxiety, eating disorders, social withdrawal and self-harm are all on the rise and sadly our schools and parents lacking both the confidence and knowledge to address the problem.

#FeelGood #FunctionWell is for 8-18-year-olds already displaying, or at risk of, early mental health issues. Participants are referred through schools, youth groups and statutory services and work alongside parents and partnering agencies to achieve shared understanding and success. The aim is to intervene at an early stage thereby reducing future dependency on medication or mental health services.

How it works

The programme is entirely young person-led where we respond to what they want, not what service providers think they should have. By contributing their own ideas to be incorporated into the programme, they are more motivated to work together, respecting one another’s opinions and perspectives within a safe environment. 

Courses run after school or weekends and use a mixture of discussion, practical workshops, role play and experiential learning activities in the community and at Brathay. The focus is on self-expression through activities that promote health and fitness, wellbeing, teamwork, and creative art. Ultimately, we help young people develop the skills and coping mechanisms needed to enable them to recognise and seek support when they need it.


  • Mental health awareness and challenging stigma
  • Self-care and how to ask for help
  • Introduced to support networks
  • Understand the connection between drugs, alcohol, food, and mental health
  • Better stress and anger management
  • Building healthier relationships
  • Increased self-confidence and self-belief
  • Acquiring positive interests and skills
  • Improved wellbeing and resilience

3.7 resilience in young people

3.7 is a school-based initiative to help young people become more resilient. So far pupils from Year 6 through to Year 9 from seven different schools have taken part and we’re expecting to extend this to over 800 pupils within the next few years.

Participants referred to us by their schools because they have been identified as having specific challenges in life – be it personal setbacks, low self-esteem, behavioural problems, poor relationships with peers or adults, or stress and anxiety. Through 3.7, they discover an inner strength they didn’t know existed, equipping them to take control, make better decisions and participate in new, positive activities to build their own resilience.

The programme is in memory of Matt Campbell, the 29-year-old MasterChef semi-finalist who tragically collapsed and died whilst running the London Marathon to raise funds for our charity. He was just 3.7 miles from the finish line.

How it works

3.7 is delivered over 8 weeks via weekly interactive day sessions in the community followed by a weekend residential course at Brathay. We focus on outdoor learning, conservation, healthy living, and creativity. Local activities include things like visiting a local nature reserve or joining a Box Fit class while an immersive weekend at Brathay builds on their new-found confidence through outdoor adventure and creative sessions including mask making, papier-mache or pottery.


  • Increased resilience and capacity to cope with challenges
  • A greater belief in their own abilities
  • More participation in healthy activities
  • An awareness of the choices they have
  • The ability and motivation to set their own goals
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Better school attendance
  • Easier transition from school to further education or work