The Lake District National Park, with its stunning scenery and rich heritage, attracts 17 million visitors each year – that’s a quarter of the UK population. At Lakeside, with our spectacular views over Windermere to the rolling hills in the distance, we can understand why. While many of them…

Mental health difficulties are costing young people their education, their employment prospects and, without support, their lives. That’s why YMCA is joining the NHS in the 2017 #IAMWHOLE campaign. Launched on World Mental Health Day 2017, the #IAMWHOLE campaign calls on individuals to take a…

It’s the new school term, with a year of INSET days to come. This year, why not learn a new skill on your INSET day? We’ve created a one-day outdoor education skills programme designed especially for teachers. The hands-on course shows you how to design your own outdoor education module as well…

The Lakeside Mud Dash will now take place on Saturday 28th April 2018. Around 500 participants and spectators are expected to take part in the inaugural Lakeside Mud Dash, which is being held to raise money for our Changing Young lives Appeal. Tony Ball, Programme Operations Manager, said: “It…

Professional development training isn’t always high on your list of priorities when running a small business. But perhaps it should be. After all, if large businesses can benefit by developing their employees’ skills, we believe that smaller businesses should have the same opportunities. During…

It’s autumn: the leaves are changing colour turning the Lake District into a rich vista of scarlet, auburn and crimson, Lake Windermere is still pleasantly warm from the summer months, and the school term is now well underway. At Lakeside, it’s also the time of year when we welcome all the…

YMCA Bolton discovered this picture from days gone by. Just think about how the world has changed since this picture was taken! People have walked on the moon. We pay for things using our phones. Butter is once again no longer bad for you! (In small quantities of course). And at Lakeside: More…

The start of a new school year can often generate mixed emotions. There’s the excitement of new students, new opportunities and, of course, new challenges. But what if one of those challenges was something to really look forward to? Our 2018 Schools Challenge Cup is certainly that – and there…

It’s one of the latest ‘business buzz words’ – resilience. Whether you’re a willing convert or view it as a fad for meditating hippies, it’s worth taking another look at resilience and how it can help you and your business to be more successful. It’s not what happens – it’s how…

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