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