About us

Welcome to Venture Trust

We are a registered charity, based in Edinburgh, supporting those with chaotic lifestyles and experiencing difficulties in their lives in Scotland, and the UK. We are passionate about enabling people who want to make changes in their lives for a better future. For our participants, our programmes represent an opportunity - a chance to boost confidence, motivation and aspirations, and to develop the skills to make their ambitions reality.

What we do

Since 1983, Venture Trust has led the way on intensive personal development for people, at any stage in their life, struggling with issues such as long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness, isolation, involvement in the criminal justice system in Scotland, and a history of trauma or harm.

We provide:

- Evidence and impact led criminal justice programmes focused on rehabilitation and reducing offending throughout Scotland

- Employability programmes for young people facing hardship and disadvantage in Scotland

- Evidence led programmes for ex-service personnel struggling with civilian life

- Personal development programmes that significantly improve people’s wellbeing, relationships and use of local support and services

We support people in their local community and with learning and development in the Scottish wilderness. The outdoors offers inherent challenge for individuals to reflect on beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. With time and space away from influences at home, individuals can unlock skills and learn new, more positive, ways of approaching situations.

Our outreach and development staff are experts in building trusted professional relationships, balancing risk and reward in the outdoors and in nuancing delivery of developmental approaches to support, inspire and challenge individuals to be open to change and move forward.

We ask our staff team to be curious, skilled and committed to our values. We believe in people’s rights, equity and opportunity. Everyone is motivated to help people succeed and realise their potential.

Our vision

Everyone, irrespective of their past, can achieve their potential for a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. By 2024, we aspire that more people, ready for change, build the foundations to thrive and succeed for the long term.

Our mission

To help people to realise their potential by providing life-changing personal development. By offering intensive learning and development in communities and the Scottish wilderness, we support people to gain life skills, stability and confidence. Our work aims to end cycles of disadvantage and adversity for individuals, their families and in communities.

Our values

Our values underpin everything we do.

Courage - We remain brave when things are tough

Care - We will attend to people and place

Curiosity - We are thoughtful

Collaboration - We work together for greater impact

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