Venture Trust

Venture Trust

Charity information

Venture Trust

We provide personal development and employability programmes for young people and adults who, because of their life experiences, have become marginalised, vulnerable or are living chaotic lifestyles. Combining intensive development experiences in Scotland’s wilderness with up to 18 months of community-based support, we enable participants to make and sustain positive life changes.

Founded 1982

  • Mission statement

    Venture Trust aims to make a difference for young people and adults with chaotic pasts and uncertain futures. We specifically help people unlock the confidence, motivation, core life skills and vocational skills they need to move forward positively in life, learning and work.
    We concentrate support on individuals who are either in, or at risk of entering, the criminal justice system, or who face multiple obstacles to progression in their lives, those who are struggling to build positive and productive lives, develop positive relationships and/or to move in to and sustain education, training, volunteering and work. We help them unlock their personal, social and employability skills, unleash their hidden talents, realise their self-worth and potential.
    The Scottish wilderness is at the heart of our programmes, giving participants time and space away from the pressures of daily life. They are supported to reflect upon the changes they’d like to make in their lives and behaviours, using experiential learning techniques and cognitive behavioural approaches to help them develop the skills and strategies, confidence, positive attitude to challenge, and motivation required to make and sustain these changes.
    Venture Trust’s work is highly collaborative and we actively seek to develop productive, sustainable partnerships with organisations which are complementary, aligned strategically, share values, and are mutually beneficial in supporting participants on their personal journey.

  • Aims

    Venture Trust aims to:

    • Support participants to improve their self-confidence (eg. confidence to share ideas, represent views in a positive manner, give & receive feedback, ask for help, accept the opinion of others).
    • Support participants to improve their employability (eg. ability to set clear goals, motivation, learn new skills, deal with challenge, self-care, time management, responsibility).
    • Support participants to stabilise their lives/reduce risk of (re-)offending (monitored through peer influence, drug/alcohol misuse, attitudes, accommodation situation).
    • Support participants to improve their relationships with others.
    • Support participants to make better use of local services and opportunities.
  • Overview

    Established: October 1982

    Registered Charity Number: 285891

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 49

    Part time staff: 13

    Volunteers: 11

    Phone number: 0131 228 7700

    Address: Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DR

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