Support us at YMCA Lakeside
Set on the shore of Lake Windermere, YMCA Lakeside is one of the largest professional outdoor activity centres in the country that works with schools, youth groups, families and businesses.
We provide high quality residential and day experiences to over 7,000 young people from a wide range of backgrounds every year, all designed to inspire them to grow in body, mind and spirit.
Through their experiences at Lakeside – overcoming challenges, defeating fears, changing perceptions and supporting others – young people gain skills and character traits that will serve them throughout life. These include hard work, resilience, learning from both success and failure, solving problems, leadership, teamwork, being knocked down and knowing you can get straight back up again.
Many of the buildings on site have been in continual use since the 1940s and are simply worn out by the many young people we has hosted, and unfortunately they have been deteriorating since the 1990s due to low investment.
We have worked hard to raise funds to complete our newly built Stoller Campus. The south camp site has been transformed with Stoller Campus now a world class outdoor education centre. We hope to ensure that Lakeside continues to be a place of inspiration and aspiration for the next generation of young people. And we still need your help.
After lockdowns and restrictions, it is clear that children, young people and their families need the outdoors more than ever. Your donation helps make a lasting impact on young people’s lives.
Read Thor's story as to why you should support YMCA Lakeside...
Step outside your day to day lives for a minute, step outside and look up to the sky.
And then ask yourself “why?” Why am I here, what is the meaning of my life? At YMCA Lakeside we help guests find the meaning in their lives and the strength in themselves by harnessing the power and inspiration of the great outdoors.
We help people to find their own personal “why” and we’d like to share Thor’s story with you. Take ten minutes time out from your busy day and be inspired as Thor tells you in his own words …