the good work goes on

Brathay has been operating as a youth charity since 1946. Set up by businessman and philanthropist, Francis Scott, the Trust was established at Brathay Hall to support the training of young employees and their employers visiting from the cities and towns, and to provide research into their development and education, as well as other related charitable purposes.

Arguably, not much has changed – at least not in the spirit and essence of what we do – but it is our unique and evolving approach to learning that has become our greatest legacy.

  • A unique blend of impactful residentials with timely and well-planned interventions in communities and within people’s homes.
  • The chance to learn through experience by doing and sharing.
  • A community presence working with partners and outside agencies to deliver programmes that are dynamic and fit for purpose.
  • A practice-based evidence approach to evaluation to accurately monitor our impact and inform good practice and policy across the Third Sector.

We build meaningful relationships with young people built on respect, care, and unconditional positive regard.

Rachel Head, Leader of Children & Young People’s Services

Catch a Glimpse

Our approach to learning is based on Awareness, Choice, and Action. It's a unique model developed by Dr Lucy Maynard and colleagues.

We work with
Cumbria University
to evaluate impact

Our research publishes findings from those often excluded from academic research.

Brathay is 75 this year!

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