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Women in Focus at the Scottish Parliament

Wow, what an evening.

Having been invited by Kezia Dugdale MSP to host an evening event at the Scottish Parliament, we were delighted to showcase our Women in Focus presentation this evening. Following the lives and journeys of the women who took part in our very first Next Steps programme, the presentation offers a moving insight into the causes and life-shattering consequences of becoming involved in offending. It offered a unique opportunity for these women to tell their stories direct to the decision-makers at Holyrood, and was an opportunity they embraced without hesitation.

You can read more about the evening in our coverage in the Scotland on Sunday, but we can't say it better than Sally, one of the inspirational women who took part in the programme, and told her story at Holyrood this evening:

"Venture Trust has given me the confidence to believe in myself and has shown me life is about making the right choices. They have taught me to be more positive and motivated. They have helped me focus on the real me and helped me take off the masks that I’ve been hiding behind for years. It’s amazing what happens when you take off the masks, when people come into your life and believe in you, and don’t focus on your past mistakes. The course at Venture Trust is the best thing I have done in my life. If I hadn’t come to Venture Trust I’d be in jail or dead".

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