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Our inaugural Graduation

Thursday 21st June saw Venture Trust’s first ever Graduation Event, held at Kirknewton House Stables in Edinburgh. What a day to remember...

The event - that first of what we hope will be many such graduations - was an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements of young people who have successfully completed a Venture Trust programme. Almost 60 participants graduated; also taking part in some of the activities used on expedition and community days, and sharing their experience and expertise with guests and supporters who had come along to celebrate with them.

The main event of the evening centred around the presentation of graduation certificates, and short speeches from two of our graduates – Brian and Michelle. These speeches were heartfelt, revealing, and emotional, illustrating the fondness with which participants remember their time with Venture Trust, the important role they felt it to play in their lives, and the long-term effects on their achievements.

"Overall it [the IYF programme] was a fantastic experience, one I’ll never forget, and since doing it I’m a brand new person. I've learned that I am a strong person and I am able to overcome any kind of obstacles that might come my way. Since then I am much more positive not only with myself but with my outlook as well" – Michelle, IYF graduate

The event was also an opportunity to showcase Venture Trust’s programmes to potential supporters; a chance for them to see how and why our programmes are so effective. The feedback from those who attended was extremely positive, and we are confident that the event acted as a powerful showcase for our programmes, enhancing our reputation and promising positive effects with regards to referrals and funding.

“It was a great evening, I particularly enjoyed taking part in some of the excercises, a bit tricky, fun and also helped to provide an insight into what goes on during the IYF course. The two young people who spoke about their experience were inspiring and I know that anyone of the young people in the room would have a very similar story to tell. It was interesting to hear from young people whose lives look very different to when they first got involved with VT and the skills VT helped them to gain are still being utilised in their next stage of their life” – Supporter feedback

We aim to continue to run these graduation events at regular intervals over the coming years – hopefully bigger and better each time! Many, many thanks to all staff who worked so hard to deliver the event, to all the young people who made it such a success, and to our fantastic supporters:

  • Mr and Mrs Welwood at Kirknewton House Stables
  • George Neilson and Billy Mcguire for their wonderful photography
  • The local businesses who kindly supported our raffle: Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Scottish Seabird Centre, Loopy Lorna’s Tea House, the Scotch Whisky Experience, Go Ape!, Craggan Outdoors, Zumba Shack Edinburgh and Tone Zone.

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