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

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

Billy's Story

Billy lived on his own, fending for himself and just about keeping threats to his safety at arms’ length. He wanted his life to be different… find out about the impact Brathay had on this young person and how he got the chance to see things differently.Find out more

Joanna's story

Aspiring Leaders Programme graduate Joanna talks candidly about her troubled childhood, and how her time with Brathay helped her to focus on her strengths.Find out more

Alex's Story

Alex started living in care when he was 7. By the age of 17 he faced an uncertain future. Discover the impact Brathay's Get Real programme had in helping this young person's personal development and employment chances.Find out more

Eisha's Story

Eisha was suffering with bullying at school, her confidence was low, she had become isolated and had started self harming until she came into contact with us.Find out more

Jake's Story

Jake’s early childhood was chaotic and included domestic abuse and being moved between family members and short-term foster placements. Find out how Brathay's New Beginnings programme helped prepare him for the future.Find out more

Chelsea's Story

Follow Chelsea's journey from a background of few opportunities, her first exposure to Brathay, and subsequent experiences with us as a volunteer, peer mentor, and now as a support worker.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