South Centre Funding Launch

Did you know that we’re a charity?

We’re part of YMCA Fylde Coast, which is an independent charity and part of the worldwide YMCA movement. As well as the work we do here at Lakeside to improve the health and well-being of young people, YMCA Fylde Coast also provides supported accommodation and helps vulnerable young people in their community. You can read more about this work by visiting

On the 3rd May, we’ll launch a new public and grant funding campaign to help fund the cost of building our new South Camp Centre for schools and young people. You can read more about the project at

We’ve already raised more than £6m but we need to raise a further £500,000 to complete this much needed facility. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities or to get involved in other ways, please call 01539 539000 or email

Why it’s so important

Academic research demonstrates that building resilience, this ability to keep going when they face difficult tasks or situations, means young people are more likely to achieve in both school and work.

Lakeside helps people like 14-year-old Elliemae from Merseyside.

Elliemae is from a single parent family with a very young brother and sister. She lives in an area where there are few activities for young people and the local park is a ‘hangout’ for gangs. Lakeside enabled Elliemae to face her fears and realise she can achieve so much more than she thought.

“I had quite low self confidence when I first went to Lakeside, I was shy and didn’t like joining in. But very quickly I started giving things a go. The scariest thing at Lakeside was the zip wire. It was terrifying! But the staff helped me to focus and believe that nothing could hurt me – and I did it”.

Elliemae - funding article

Elliemae is now thinking about what her future might look like. She wants to go to university and travel, but most importantly she wants to keep trying new things. With your help, Lakeside can help even more people like Elliemae to reach their potential.