About Brathay Trust

Brathay Trust is a charity with the mission to improve the life chances of children and young people. We do this by inspiring them to raise their aspirations and engage positively in their communities. We work with some of the most vulnerable and ‘hard-to-reach’ young people, helping them to develop the confidence, motivation and skills they need to unlock their potential and make positive changes in their lives.

Their experience of our integrated community and residential programmes help them to re-engage with education, have a voice in their community, become peer mentors and young leaders, and for some, move away from criminal activity and engage in positive behaviour. Our programmes benefit from continuous research and evaluation. They are delivered via community projects in Yorkshire, North West England and Cumbria and are supported by our delivery centres in Bradford, Wigan and Ambleside.

Our Lake District residential centre at Brathay Hall, in Ambleside, together with the facilities at Low Bank Ground, in Coniston, and Hinning House in the Duddon Valley, deliver the residential elements of our programmes. We have a professional development strand of trading activity, in which we deliver leadership courses for a range of employers, many of whom also support our work with young people.

Who We Help

  1. Young people who are experiencing difficulties in undergoing a transition in their life, either in school, family circumstances or in their community. In particular, Brathay specialises in supporting transitions from:
    1. Primary to secondary school
    2. Changing family circumstances (parental break up, adoption, fostering, leaving care, etc.)
    3. Leaving school
    4. Leaving the criminal justice system
  2. 2) Young people at risk of not realising their potential, individually or as members of their community as a result of their behaviour, or capability. These young people can become persistent offenders and be in conflict with the justice system. They are consistently assessed as:
    1. Low educational attainment
    2. Not in Education, Employment or Training
    3. Disengaged from the community
    4. Substance/alcohol misuse
    5. Chaotic or disruptive family circumstances
    6. One or more mental health issue
    7. Disruptive or anti-social behaviour

Accessing Our Services

Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday, 09.00 – 17.00, however are residential centres operate 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.


Bradford – Offices and delivery centre
Sheffield – Office in Tinsley and Community Centre in Hillsborough
Wigan – Office
Ambleside – Office

Residential Centres

Brathay Hall, Ambleside
Low Bank Ground, Coniston
Hinning House, Duddon Valley

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Brathay Trust

Brathay Hall,
Ambleside, Cumbria,
LA22 0HP