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Funding for 'Transitions to Independent Living'

Venture Trust is delighted to announce today that we have received funding of £60,000 from the Scottish Government Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme. This funding supports 24 places on our 'Transitions to Independent Living' programme for young people from social housing and homelessness support agencies in Scotland in 2015/16.

Venture Trust’s ‘Transitions to Independent Living’ programme has been running for nearly 5 years and is designed to help young people resident in supported accommodation to develop their confidence and employability, increasing their access to local services, and establish sustainable lifestyles. The programme has been successful and is popular with the participants, referral networks and partners. It is regularly proven to better equip participants with the skills and attributes needed to access employment, education, training, or volunteering as well as offering a catalytic shift in attitude and perspective that helps participants plan their move into independent accommodation.

Venture Trust developed the ‘Transitions’ programme to address the unique needs and circumstances facing young people in supported housing situations. Using our established and effective personal development curriculum, based on Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, the programme gives each participant the opportunity to join a 7 to 10 day wilderness expedition, where they are given time, space and intensive support in a wilderness setting, where boundary-stretching challenges serve as a vehicle for learning, reflection and discussion as a group and on a 1-to-1 basis.

Mark Bibbey, Venture Trust Chief Executive commented:

“Venture Trust is delighted to received funding for the second year from the Scottish Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme for our Transitions to Independent Living programme. This investment offers 24 young people in Scotland who are currently experiencing, or are at risk of, unstable housing or homelessness a lifeline to undertake a development programme using the wilderness and outdoors as a catalyst for learning new life skills such as communication, planning, problem solving, consequential thinking and how to take responsibility for actions. The people we support are often the ‘hardest to reach’ and feel that opportunities are out-with their grasp. By focusing on life skills, we help nurture an individual’s confidence and motivation to make positive changes in their life and ideally to move into stable accommodation and on to work, education or training. Without support we risk leaving these young people behind and to uncertain futures.”

A huge thank you to the Scottish Government Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme and we look forward to another successful year of Transitions!

You can read more about our funding from the Scottish Government Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme on the Scottish Government's website. You can also have a look at our key 'Transitions' referral partners here.

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