Joining forces with The Sir John Fisher Foundation, in 2017 we recruited a full time youth worker to build on the success of our Barrow-in-Furness youth centre.

Natalia Wealleans-Turner lives close to our Abbey Road base and is already making an impact, meeting young people and working with other organisations to plan projects to help local youngsters.

Areas of work we’re planning in Barrow include prevention of child sexual exploitation and youth crime as well as support for young people struggling at school and those leaving care or on the edge of the care system.

Nat’s previous roles have included working as a youth worker and on drug and alcohol awareness with children and young people. She’s also done freelance work for us in Barrow.

Scott Umpleby, our fundraising business manager, explains our work in Furness:

“Brathay has worked with vulnerable children and young people from the Furness area for many years.

“In September 2015 we opened a youth centre and office in Abbey Road, Barrow so we could do more for local communities.

“On the back of the success of this, and our Focus on Furness appeal which has raised over £32,000 in two years, we want to do even more.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of the Sir John Fisher Foundation, who are funding the salary costs for this critical worker over the next three years. We’re delighted that Nat has joined Brathay to run this project and directly support vulnerable young people. ” Scott added.

Listen to Natalia talk about our work in Barrow and Furness: