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Venture Trust's Living Wild programme is featured in The Scotsman

'There is hope of salvation for those who live on the wilder side in our society and fall foul of the law' says Joe Connelly.

Venture Trust was featured in The Scotsman on Thursday 26th June! Joe Connelly, Head of Programmes, talks specifically about the Living Wild programme and how it offers ' a chance for change' to young men and women caught up in offending:

'Over the past 12 years, I have had the opportunity to work with many young people and it is one of our programmes which continues to inspire me'

Joe talks about each of the three phases of the Living Wild programme and how each of these phases is crucial to enabling individuals to make positive progress:

Phase 1 outreach work is geared towards getting an individual to a place where they can think about the negative aspects of how their behaviour impacts on their families and communities and to ensure a level of stability that would allow them to progress to Phase 2. Phase 2 is a wilderness-based personal development journey which focuses on taking individuals out of their own environment, and presenting them with a number of both pysical and mental challenges. Phase 3 is where an indivdual is supported to transfer their Phase 2 learning to their own home environment and, with regular outreach support, enables participants to seek opportunities in training, education, and employment.

'Over the years I have heard reference made to the need for behaviour change but, in truth, there must first be a change in the thinking of the indivdual for their behaviour to change.'

Nearly 700 individuals have progressed through the Living Wild programme in the last five years and Joe proudly states that 'We will continue to offer those in need "a chance to change" and an opportunity to channel their talents towards a positive future'.

You can read the full article on The Scotsman website.

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