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Venture Trust - the 'real Harry Potter programme'

We were delighted recently to stumble across the blog of Colin Falconer - Director of Innovation at the Foyer Federation.

We've worked in partnership with the Foyer Federation for years - supporting young people to become more independent and develop skills for positive futures. Venture Trust's next 'Transitions to Independent Living' programme is due to run in February 2012, and we're looking forward to continuing to work closely with Colin and all at Foyer in the months and years to come. Colin's blog - is well worth a look, particularly for his thoughts on 'advantaged thinking'.

Anyway, here's Colin's blog on his meeting with Mark Bibbey, our new Chief Executive (reproduced here with permission, thanks Colin)...

Harry Potter and Tommy Cooper

A great meeting today with the new CEO of Venture Trust, Mark Bibby. We have worked with Venture Trust down the years as their programme has consistently offered a valuable opportunity for young people in Foyers to access and develop through. It’s not often that an organisation is able to have the ex CEO and the new one in the same room to say hello and goodbye at the same time, which made for an exciting conversation on the past and future as we slouched around the Foyer Federation’s brightly coloured bean bags in our respective suits.

Thinking about the way Venture Trust work – the young people in Foyers travel a long way beyond Hadrian’s Wall to go into a wilderness setting where they develop new skills, confidence and self-belief – it struck me that perhaps this was the real Harry Potter programme, for which a special platform in Kings Cross no doubt already exists for those in the know. After all, the young people come back from Venture Trust having re-found their inner magic. Which is exactly what an Open Talent opportunity is all about: opening up the gifts that lie within us all. Venture Trust is a ‘place’ and an ‘opportunity’ which does that. We don't need to look for an imaginary world; it already exists - all be it a long way up north!

Now I just need to catch up with the Harry Potter novels / films on my next long haul flight, and learn how to conjure up some investment so we can work with Venture Trust for more years to come. New year resolutions and workplan goals– must learn to be a stand up comedian, and a magician. Can I be the Tommy Cooper of Open Talent?

It's the yin and yang of life.

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