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In association with Brathay Trust, the programme balances a variety of educational and leisure activities in the community with personal development residential's in the Lake District.

Level

Dates

Venue

Youth Numbers

Police Numbers

Notes

(2005-8 courses archived)
2
3-7 Feb 2009
Brathay Hall
15
3

completed

2
9-13 Apr 2009
Brathay Hall
15
3
completed
1
25-29 May 2009
Brathay Hall
20
4
completed
3
27-31 Jul 2009
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
1
3-7 Aug 2009
Brathay Hall
20
4

completed

3
26-30 Oct 2009
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
2
28 Mar-1 Apr 2010
Brathay Hall
15
3
completed
1
26-30 Jul 2010
Brathay Hall
20
4
completed
3
9-13 Aug 2010
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
1
23-27 Aug 2010
Brathay Hall
20
4
completed
2
25-29 Oct 2010
Brathay Hall
15
3
completed
2
4-8 Apr 2011
Brathay Hall
15
2
completed
1
29 May-2 Jun 2011
Brathay Hall
20
3
completed
3
15-19 Aug 2011
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
2
22-26 Aug 2011
Brathay Hall
14
2
completed
1
26-30 Oct 2011
Brathay Hall
20
3
completed
   3
13-17 Feb 2012
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
   2
2-6 Apr 2012
Brathay Hall
15
2
completed
   1
 4-8 June 2012
Brathay Hall
20
4

completed

2
18-22 Feb 2013
Brathay Hall
14
3
completed
3
18-22 Feb 2013
Brathay Hall
10
2

completed

1
30 Mar-3 Apr 2013
Brathay Hall
20
4
completed
1
27 -31 May 2013
Brathay Hall
20
4
completed
3
25-29 July 2013
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
2
22-26 Aug 2013
Brathay Hall
15
3
completed
3
17-21 Feb 2014
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
2
16-20 Apr 2014
Brathay Hall
15
3
completed
1
26-30 May 2014
Brathay Hall
20
4
completed
3
4-8 Aug 2014
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
2
18-22 Aug 2014
Low Bank Ground
15
3
completed
3
16-20 Feb 2015
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
3(a)
16-20 Feb 2015
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
1
13-17 Apr 2015
Brathay Hall
20
4
completed
2
25-29 May 2015
Brathay Hall
15
3

completed

1
27-31 July 2015
Brathay Hall
20
4
completed
3
26-30 Oct 2015
Brathay Hall
10
2
completed
2
22-26 Feb 2016
Low Bank Ground
15
3
completed
1
3-6 Apr 2016
Brathay Hall
20
3
completed
2
30 May - 3 Jun 2016
Brathay Hall
15
3
completed
1
23- 26 Oct 2016
Brathay Hall
20
4
completed
2
15-18 Feb 2017
Brathay Hall
15
3
completed

 

The remainder of courses planned for 2017 are currently in the planning stage for which,funding has already been obtained.

More information to follow.

 

The Payes scheme works in co-operation with Brathay Trust, which is based at Brathay Hall in Ambleside. Brathay Hall is an extremely impressive and imposing 18th century Georgian mansion, which sits in a 360 acre estate at north end of Lake Windermere. In 1939, Francis Scott, the owner of the Provincial Insurance Company purchased Brathay Hall and in 1946 he founded Brathay Hall Trust, later to become Brathay Trust.

Brathay specialises in engaging and inspiring young people, many of who are experiencing difficulties with their lives. Brathay can tailor a course according to the needs of the groups who visit and make use of their services.

For our purposes, each course takes place over a 5-day (now 4-day) period and is either based entirely at Brathay or partly on-site and partly off-site either in a mountain hut or camping. Level 2 courses have recently been based at Low Bank Ground on the shores of Coniston Water in order to provide even more variation to the scheme.

There are a number of accommodation units at Brathay Hall. Some restricted to use by corporate courses and some for use by youth courses. Our courses make use of either Eagle Crag - a purpose built single-storey accommodation unit in the woods, Old Brathay - a fine detached building or Lingmoor - a superb converted barn. Eagle Crag houses 20 young people and 4 staff, Old Brathay can accommodate up to 32 people and Lingmoor 16 young people and 4 staff. Our preferred venue is Eagle Crag because of the feeling of isolation it provides as well as other positives. Brathay Trust have also taken over the running of Low Bank Ground in Coniston, which is also an outdoor education centre. As part of the continued development of the scheme, we have planned to run level 2 courses from this venue in order to allow the young people to experience another centre.

Facilities on site at Brathay include high ropes courses (High 'V's', pamper pole, high all-aboard, Jacob's ladder, a zip wire and a 2-sided climbing wall) a 'challenge course' consisting of low and high ropes, 2 tree abseils, an orienteering course, several 'spiders web' challenges, a Mohawk walk and a fully equipped boathouse. In this boathouse are several whaling boats of wooden construction some 3/4's size of an actual whaler. There are also canoes and kayaks for use on Windermere and other lakes in the area. A new addition to Brathay is a large 'Voyager' canoe, which can sit up to 16 people.

Activities off-site can include hiking, ghyll scrambling (walking up a mountain river) climbing and abseiling up and down crags. Camping can also be arranged, taking the form of 'wild' camping or on an organised site.

Each activity has its own 'learning theme' and is designed to encourage the individual to challenge themselves. The skills learned whilst carrying out each activity can be transferred to their daily lives upon completion of the course and this shows the individual that giving up at the first hurdle is not always the correct thing to do.

Providing the individual enjoys their time on their first course and they stay out of trouble with the police, they are eligible to return on 2 further courses over the following years.

 

Level 1

In year one, two groups of twenty young people stay at Brathay Hall accompanied by Payes staff (Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers, Police Staff and volunteers). The young people may or may not know each other prior to attending the course, but are introduced to each other immediately. Team games or 'icebreakers' take place to introduce all of the young people to each other and the Brathay/Payes staff and as the name suggests - 'break the ice'.They are introduced to a variety of challenging activities such as ghyll scrambling, abseiling, orienteering, canoeing, kayaking, climbing and ropes courses These activities are specifically designed to encourage the young people to work together and develop self-esteem. They are encouraged to work as part of a team and consider the needs and requirements of others as well as their own. The individual is encouraged to try out new challenges and take part in an activity they may not be familiar with.

Through a process of experience and reflection the young people start to learn and set parameters for their own behaviour. In negotiation with the police volunteers they will consult over practical issues such as what time to go to bed, when to arrive for activities and how to conduct themselves safely away from home. This is a fundamentally important initiation into the scheme. The values and goals the young people set out for themselves now will constitute the backbone of what is acceptable and not acceptable for the duration of the scheme.

They learn to live with new people, make new friends and carry out tasks that they may not have done before. All of the delegates learn to live together as a group and look after each other in a self-contained environment.

The difference in the individual between day 1 and day 5 can be vast. Someone who could be described as a 'shrinking violet' could be seen to flourish and excel in any number of tasks or roles by the end of the course. Seeing the difference as the group learn to work as a team is hugely rewarding for us and makes the whole course worthwhile.

 

Level 2

Providing that the young people have not come to the adverse attention of the police since their level 1 course, they could be invited back to Brathay for a level 2 course. The young people are given progressively greater responsibility. They are now encouraged to take on tasks as a team and reflect on how they perform and what can be learnt from their experiences.

They often stay off-site in a self-catering mountain hut far removed from their usual surroundings in Sefton. During the warmer months they may well camp out in tents. This could be on a recognised camp-site or even 'wild camp' on the higher fells. Challenges include preparing meals for the group, looking after the hut and clearing up after themselves. They are introduced to the 'country code' and are instructed on how to look after the environment for others to enjoy after they have left.

At this level the young people begin to consider how they can transfer their learning back to life in Sefton.

 

Level 3

Again challenge and responsibility increase. At Level 3 the young people go away on expedition. The first part of the course may be held at Brathay Hall and the delegates plan for a 2-day expedition. They learn to live out of rucksacks, plan for a 2-day stay on the fells, organise their food and equipment and navigate their way to what could be one of the high Lakeland peaks. In recent courses, we have climbed Helvellyn and the Old Man of Coniston.

Once more, emphasis is placed on reflecting what they can learn from the experience and how this learning can be used in their lives at home. Each individual spends some time with the Police volunteers and Brathay trainers designing an `Action Plan` for the future.

  •     A link to a sample programme for a level 3 course will follow

 

Exit Strategy

At the end of each course, the young people receive a certificate from Brathay Trust outlining their achievements. This can be placed in the young persons Record of Achievement and used for when they are looking for employment. The Police will not give references to individuals but each certificate states that the individual has successfully completed a level 1, 2 or 3 course organised by the Police and Youth Encouragement Scheme. Having 3 certificates is quite an achievement and the young people should be quite rightly proud of themselves.

Certain level 3 delegates have since gone on to return as Payes volunteer staff.They are ideally placed to encourage or mentor other young people entering the scheme and pass on their experiences to the newcomer. 3 previous Payes delegates have even gone on to become police officers with Merseyside Police.

 

 

 

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