The Brathay Trust: Veteran training for Expedition Leadership

Donation to provide training for veterans to become Youth Expedition Leaders: June 2018

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 Brathay Trust, originally founded to help disadvantaged 14 to 25 year olds, has for almost 10 years worked closely with veterans’ charity, F4H, to deliver residential courses in the Lake District which encourage veterans with poor mental health to consider their futures, manage stress, increase awareness of their talents and gain a better understanding of the skills and qualities they gained during their military careers.  These veterans then work with the 14 to 25 year olds to help them fulfil their potential and improve their wellbeing. 

With funding from DDMT, the Explore Leaders Project will bring together ex-service personnel with young people on challenging and inspirational expeditions, in particular to support Brathay’s canoe-based expeditions down the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness. Brathay has been running expeditions for young people in the UK and abroad for seventy years. 

The result will be a team of skilled veteran volunteers who can support the delivery of expeditions in the future alongside Brathay staff and, therefore, support some of the young people that Brathay works with.  Brathay fundraiser Julia Wilson said “We’re so grateful for DDMT’s support. Using volunteers alongside paid staff will make our expeditions more affordable and it’s a great way for the veterans involved to regain a sense of purpose in their lives.”


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