Welcome to A Wilderness Way

Transforming children’s lives through a unique approach to residential care, health and education

AWW is one of the country’s leading providers of residential care and education for children who have suffered trauma and exploitation

We specialise in supporting children who are vulnerable and are in crisis, providing personalised, holistic care programmes which help them recover, grow, achieve and prepare for a positive future


About Us

We offer safety and stability, a sense of adventure, and therapeutic care, education and health programmes which enable children to thrive.

Our Care

Our specialist care has been developed to support highly vulnerable children to achieve outstanding outcomes.


The Wilderness Way

The stunning rural location of our homes provides a playground for our exciting ‘Wilderness Experiences’ programme of outdoor and adventurous activities.

Our Mission and Vision

We are passionate about providing outstanding care for every child we look after, keeping them at the heart of all we do.

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Success Stories

Our main aim is to prepare each child for a successful future and foster the skills and experiences which will enable them move on from us to a stable and safe environment

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What Others Say About Us

I am truly taken aback by the level of care you have shown. The staff have gone out of their way to show him the attention and care that he has never had. When I visited him, it was like I was looking at a different child to what he was before he came. He was not like a child in care, he was like a child in a family. You have literally saved his life.

Social Worker

All children and young people thrive, and they make progress while living at the home. Because of the services provided the children and young people experience an individualised, stable and consistent home life. Children and young people benefit from the integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to education and care. They each achieve their full potential and, in many cases, do so beyond previous expectations.


I am so grateful to the AWW team for their dedication and commitment to caring and supporting Sam. He recently reported that being at there gave him the space to think and the opportunity to reflect on his attitude and make plans for his future.

Social Worker

I have to share my delight at Luke’s progress at AWW. Thanks to your support, in the last 17 weeks Luke and has turned his life around significantly. From where he has come from to where he is now, I am so proud of him.

Social Worker

The placement was really good and beneficial to me. The staff were all really supportive and nice and always made themselves available to me if I had any problems. The outdoor activities that were offered helped me to have a better outlook and showed me that I can do so much more in life, and it really helped me process and made me feel like a better person.


As METCO Officer for Cumbria Police I have regular contact with the team at AWW in relation to vulnerable children at risk of CSE and going missing. If a specific incident has occurred, the Home Manager and I speak on the phone to discuss the best way forward. She also attends CSE risk assessment meetings and we receive Philomena Protocol forms when a young person arrives in placement.

Cumbria Police