Coronavirus is having a profound impact on all our lives.
For many this has been experienced more deeply because the lockdown is increasing the difficulties and pressure in lives which are already chaotic and complex. Supporting our most vulnerable young people, families and communities has never been more vital.
Two months ago we made the very difficult decision to temporarily close our residential sites and community centres, but continue our support remotely to young people and their families where we could.
We continue to provide support through maintaining and building one to one relationships digitally, whilst creating new ways to deliver our individual and group-based programmes, and developing partnerships to prepare for a world beyond coronavirus. You can find out more about how we’re still here and supporting young people and their families remotely in the community here.
The importance of time away
Our Mission is to improve the life chances of children, young people and families by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities.
An important part of that process often includes young people and their families coming to one of our centres in the Lake District to spend time with us on a residential programme.
Residentials are a great leveller, providing a neutral space where participants are equal and existing barriers and hierarchies can be broken down.
Our residential experience will play a significant role in supporting children after an extended period of social isolation at home. Our research hub has demonstrated the transformational power of a residential programme for children which has wellbeing at its heart in strengthening relationships and building resilience and community.
We can harness the power of experiential learning by offering a bespoke residential and providing a range of learning experiences which will support academic attainment. This will be even more important for children as they reconnect with the world around them.
Planning for safe stays in the Lake District
We’re working hard right now to plan for the time when we can welcome young people and families back to our centres in Cumbria: Brathay Hall in Ambleside and Low Bank Ground close to Coniston Water.
We’re closely monitoring and following guidance from the government and considering carefully how we can run programmes at our sites that successfully deliver the outcomes needed with potential restrictions still in place.
Creative thinking is taking place, as we consider how we can be flexible with our residentials and adapt, so we can bring them back safely for our staff and clients, when the time is right.
As the lockdown starts to ease, we’re intending to bring back this vital element of our work as soon as we safely can. We won’t rush this and we’ll be making sure (as we always have) that we go above and beyond the safety requirements and guidance provided by the government.
We’re very much looking forward to welcoming you back to the beautiful and inspiring Lake District, and the life-changing experiences our residentials offer.