The Brathay Trust, a charity based in Cumbria which supports some of the UK’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable young children.
Many challenges are being faced by children and young adults in their day to day lives, they may be vulnerable, disengaged, or just plain “hard to reach”, and they may have dropped through the support network provided by parents, schools, family and social services. They may have no family to speak of, they may be dabbling in drugs and alcohol, they may have been sexually exploited, and they may be involved in criminal activity and gangs and even dropped out of school or further education.
They need help to enable them to change course, they need help to enable them to develop confidence and motivation, to develop the skills needed to unlock their potential and make positive changes in their lives. They need help to re-enter education or training, to foster relationships with their family, help to avoid and move away from criminal activity.
Brathay does all of this and more. It scoops up these individuals delivering community and residential programmes that help these young people to have a voice in the community, to become peer mentors and young leaders and in turn to then inspire others and show them that change is possible.
To find out more about the Brathay Trust, visit their website - www.brathay.org.uk