Have you ever had that immediate connection with someone you’ve just met? Someone who just ‘gets’ you, where the conversation flows and you enjoy spending time with them. On the flip side, if we’re honest, we’ve all come across people who rub us up the wrong way. Those who seem to have an…

We know from the hundreds of thank you letters we receive each year from young people taking part in our school and youth group programmes and adults on our development programmes, that people thoroughly enjoy spending time at Lakeside. But even we were surprised at just how memorable a visit to…

More and more studies show that outdoor education, which provides opportunities for active and experiential learning, benefits young people both mentally and physically. But did you know that many of the skills and techniques used in our outdoor education and adventure courses can also be used…

Our ‘Changing Young Lives’ Appeal, officially launched last week. The appeal aims to raise the remaining £500,000 needed to create a new, £6.8m state-of-the-art school facility here at YMCA Lakeside. Guests from the local community joined the High Sheriff of Cumbria, Mr Alistair Wannup, for…

Investing in training can be a big financial commitment for your organisation and you want to be confident that it’s money well spent.  You need to know that your employees will learn skills and behaviours that will help them to be more effective and productive in their job, leading to greater…

What makes a great leader? Charisma? Confidence? Charm? That certain something you can’t quite put your finger on? We all know them though, don’t we? Those people who take charge of a situation, surging forward while everyone else follows happily along in their wake. But what if people aren’t…

Our annual Schools Challenge Cup takes place each February. The value-for-money event is growing in popularity, and this year almost 20 teams of Year 9 and 10 students took part in our fun adventure competition. The event runs from late Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Each weekend, teams of…

In September, we’re planning a Challenge Cup competition for corporate groups. The event is based on our annual Schools Challenge Cup. Each corporate challenge event will run from late Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, and will take place in September this year. Each weekend, teams from…

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