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Venture Trust meets their London-based supporter, the Crown Court Church Guild

Why does a voluntary Guild in London support Venture Trust? Malcolm Jack, Head of Funding and Contracts, headed to London to find out!

Well lots of reasons actually! We recently met with the Crown Court Church Guild (‏@CrownCourtChrch ) in their quite wondrous building nestled amongst Covent Garden’s theatres, to thank them for raising funds for our work. They’ve been there since the 1700s, so they pre-date the theatres by quite a bit (and pre-date Venture Trust by quite a bit more!), so why did they choose to support us?

It turns out that the husband of one of their leading members used to be a probation officer, who used his own free time to take young people from the criminal justice system out in his boat, to help them experience something new, something outdoors, something practical and something away from their usual environment. Sound familiar? When he caught up with some old colleagues in England, he found out that only one organisation was doing that sort of work – and having a real impact on young lives that many others had given up on.

When the Guild discussed charities to support, it turned out that another member knew our spiritual home of Applecross, and had even been over the mighty Bealach Na Bà, the UK’s highest road. Another led the local Rambler’s Group, giving people some time and space away from the bustle of daily life to clear their heads and contemplate. And, underneath it all, the Crown Court Church was originally set up by King James VI of Scotland when the crowns united and he became James I, resulting in a long-standing Scottish heritage right in the heart of London. A Scottish affinity and connection that remains true to this day.

Above all else though, the Guild are ‘doers’ – who volunteer, raise money and do what they can to help some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people and adults. So Venture Trust is both humbled and grateful for all their support – every penny raised really does make a big difference. As one member of the Guild remarked as we left their meeting, “You know, many of these young people don’t really know how to change, but they can! Keep up the good work”. We’ll do our best!

If you would like to learn more about the Crown Court Church and its history, pop over to their website.

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