Be well. Be connected. Be ready
The new reality of reduced social contact, self-isolation and disruption of services has had a disproportionate effect on people who were already struggling with complex life circumstances.
In response we literally turned our services outside – in, moving from group-based personal development in Scotland’s wilderness and outdoors in communities to working with smart technology to reach those who need help most in their own homes. Our support service moved online, with all Venture Trust outreach and development staff providing tailored support by phone or digital platforms.
Now with the easing of lockdown, we have resumed face to face work with participants. This will be one to one only and outdoors observing social distancing. We will meet participants in public greenspaces local to them. Initially the number of participants staff can meet will be limited but we have ensured all those who want and need physical meetings will get it. Our well-established digital support will still be running alongside in this blended model.
Every person seeking support will have a dedicated worker – a trusted professional, with expertise in personal development and coaching. They are there to listen, provide support and connect through social distanced physical meetings and from specialist advice in our 3 Digital Hubs – for active living, improved wellbeing and employability. We’re here to help now and as we recover.
|Active Living Hub
Offer people personal development to maintain positive relationships, activities to build routine and stay healthy. This will include advice for keeping active and healthy eating.
Offer people counselling support, advice from trained professionals for developing resilience and self-care and how to look after mental health. Signpost people to local and national support and additional services and resources e.g. financial help, getting shopping, medication or topping up utility meters.
Offer people core skills development, self-awareness, barrier removal and goal setting with employability support aimed at those looking for further training and progression to employment. Supporting people to be more ready for work or to volunteer in their community.
To find out more about our new dedicated service please see this short video.
We are also taking new referrals from our partners who are still working with people 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 will continually monitor the situation and provide regular updates via our website, social media and direct contact with partners.
We remain committed to adapting and developing our work to meet the changing needs of vulnerable people in a rapidly evolving environment. Working together with partners we would like to share insights and contribution to solutions which help us all respond well and be resilient in recovery.
You can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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