We affect positive change in communities
with help in the right way at the right time

As well as our presence in the beautiful Lake District, Brathay also has two well-established and permanent community hubs in the busy urban centres of Bradford, West Yorkshire, and Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

We have more than 30 qualified and experienced staff working out of these hubs, including professional youth workers, key support workers, teachers, employability coaches and counsellors. Together they work tirelessly out in the community supporting children, young people and families to overcome difficulties in their lives and thrive.

They may be victims of crime or abuse; battling with addiction or poor mental health; at risk of exploitation or making the difficult transition from a life in care. Some may be struggling on the poverty line, or suffering as a result of long-term unemployment, temporary homelessness, or complex family issues.

Whatever an individual’s situation, we have the partnership networks and referral systems in place to reach out to them, and provide the right help in the right way and at the right time.

We also visit families in their own homes; work with individuals on a one-to-one basis to provide professional counselling and talking therapies and run a variety of organised group activity, be it out on the streets, at our own hubs or other settings within the local community.

Several of those we support also get to stay at Brathay Hall and experience the Lake District for the first time. They visit for an immersive and often life-changing residential to complement our community-based learning and self-development programmes.

Our professional youth and community service is unique:

We blend practical and therapeutic support with experiential learning, individual counselling, group programmes and online delivery to gradually influence beliefs, attitudes and behaviours resulting in long lasting positive change.

Godfrey Owen, Brathay Chief Executive

Catch a Glimpse

More than 80% of the young people we come across have mental health problems. We support them in their own community to find resilience and positivity and equipping them to take responsibility for their lives.

Donate to our Young Minds Matter Appeal and you too can help ordinary individuals find their own extraordinary.

Has Brathay helped you in any way?

We hope so, especially as your contribution will have helped a young person somewhere to feel better too.

Brathay is 75 this year!

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