We inspire children and young people to make positive changes that last a lifetime.

Our programmes focus on increasing the wellbeing of young people, supporting them to feel good and function well.

We work with over 7,000 young people every year, close to their homes or on immersive residentials in the Lake District. 

Wellbeing underpins young people’s resilience, potential and future employability. By focusing on awareness of the attitudes, behaviours and skills they need, we support them to become empowered to make active choices that will benefit them and the people around them.

We work with a wide range of young people, often facing fewer opportunities in life, including those managing the transition from living in care to independence, at risk of exploitation in unhealthy relationships, needing the confidence to find work or training, or facing significant challenges in their lives.

Read the stories (and watch the videos) of some of the young people we have worked with, and view our 2018 overview to see how we continue to transform lives after more than 70 years.

Find out more about our engagement, development and leadership programmes

Lifeline Appeal

The short film features our residential centre in Ambleside, and the community work we are doing in the home towns of some of the many young people and families we support.Find out more

Michaela's Story

We met Michaela at a time when she was being so badly bullied at school that the police had become involved.Find out more

Callum’s Story

The illness and then death of Callum’s Nan when he was only 14 left him bereft and unable to cope. A Brathay bereavement programme got him back on his feet.Find out more

Nadia's Story

When an abusive relationship forced Nadia to escape to a new area she needed our help settling in.Find out more

Laura’s Story

Living in a temporary refuge as a child left Laura with low self-confidence, until Brathay’s ‘Get Real’ employability project gave her new self-belief.Find out more

Poppy's Story

Poppy had two small children and was struggling with addiction and homelessness when she was referred to our Families First project.Find out more

Daniel’s Story

Daniel was 19 when we met him; he wasn’t working or in education. He’s been working for almost a year now, loves his job and is going from strength to strength.Find out more

Rachel's Story

When Rachel joined our Stronger Families programme, her self-esteem and confidence were very low. She needed support so she could start re-training when her youngest child started school. Find out more

Elishia's Story

Elishia always knew she wanted to do something with her life, but didn't have the support she needed to achieve her goals until she started working with us.Find out more

Lauren's Story

Lauren came into contact with us through our Time 4 You project, which we run in partnership with St. Luke's Hospice in Sheffield.Find out more

Luke's Story

Luke was depressed and homeless when he first came into contact with us. We supported him to find somewhere to live and to gain the skills and confidence needed to move forward.Find out more

Francesca's Story

Francesca found support from us after her mum, Julie, was referred to our Families First programme via the West Yorkshire Police.Find out more

Keenene's Story

By the time he was eight years old Keenene was his Mum’s carer and at 13 he was taken into care. Brathay's Going Places programme boosted his confidence, and helped him take responsibility for his life.Find out more

Jessica's Story

When we met Jessica her difficult circumstances meant she was vulnerable to exploitation. Our Open Mindz programme helped her improve her mental health and make safer choices.Find out more

Harvey's Story

Harvey took part in Brathay’s National Citizen Service programme in Bradford which won a CYP Now award in November 2015. Find out more about the impact of the programme on young people like Harvey.Find out more