There is now an accessible bedroom and ensuite at Old Brathay which accommodates groups.

Grants were awarded by St James’s Palace Foundation, Screwfix Foundation and Cirencester Friendly’s 125 Foundation. Bensons for Beds, Dunelm and The Range helped with soft furnishings and an electrically adjustable bed. Ambleside joiner Ryan Smith and Leonard Cheshire adviser Leslie McLeese ensured important details were incorporated.

“It is hugely important to us that our facilities are inclusive and everyone can benefit from a residential experience at Brathay” said Heather Dixon, Brathay’s Finance Director.

“We have made significant strides in recent years with support from a range of corporate bodies, trusts and foundations. Our boathouse, jetty and a minibus are accessible to those with extra mobility needs and now we have a superb bedroom and ensuite that provides a great standard of inclusive accommodation. It’s a really lovely, large and airy ground floor room in Old Brathay, It means someone with a disability can now stay with their group, sharing a residential experience and all the benefits that brings”.

We sought advice from Leslie McLeese at Leonard Cheshire’s YouthAbility Cumbria. Leslie says there are lots of things to consider because everyone’s needs are different. Leslie was able to suggest the best colour scheme for those with extra sensory difficulties, the correct heights for light switches and easy touch systems for people with mobility issues as well as guidance on what was needed in the ensuite bathroom. He was impressed with the attention to detail by joiner Ryan Smith which meant the cupboard and desk area were well thought out.

One of the funders, Kate McIntyre, Non-Executive Director at Cirencester Friendly said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Cirencester Friendly 125 Foundation has been able to support the wonderful work of the Brathay Trust. Brathay’s mission to help disadvantaged young people to gain life skills, to increase their self-esteem and to find their way in a complex and sometimes overwhelming world is very much in line with Cirencester Friendly’s business values and their aspiration to do good in the community. We hope and expect that this donation by the Cirencester Friendly 125 Foundation will make Brathay’s life-changing work accessible to an even wider range of young people and especially to those who have even greater challenges to overcome.”

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