News for February 2016

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    Venture Trust appoints new Chief Executive

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Amelia Morgan as our new Chief Executive Officer.

    Amelia joined Venture Trust in June 2010 as Head of Finance & Administration. For the last three years she has also taken on the role of Head of Development for Venture Trust’s social enterprise, Venture Mòr. So she could not be better placed to take on the demanding challenges of leading Venture Trust charity into a successful future.

    Amelia has over 20 years’ experience in the public and charity sectors. She has a background in nature conservation, working with UK and Scottish statutory advisers to Government, initially in conservation policy and projects. She then moved into business support, gaining extensive experience in areas of finance & administration, governance, change management and organisational development. In her last role, Amelia was Chief Executive Officer of Yorkshire Universities, a membership charity furthering the contribution of higher education in Yorkshire and beyond. She was also a non-executive director of an online graduate recruitment social enterprise, promoting employment opportunities for graduates in Yorkshire.

    Amelia comments, “I’m passionate about supporting people to realise their potential. At Venture Trust, many of those we help have experienced considerable and complex challenges in their lives. They often have incredibly low self-esteem, and in many cases have been told they will not amount to anything. Their aspirations are based around surviving and getting by, whilst relationships are fractured, and behaviours destructive. We help them to change that.”

    She continues, “I have been extremely fortunate to be able to contribute towards the work of Venture Trust and to be part of a passionate team of people. We gauge our impact and success by celebrating the achievements of the people we support, whether it is gaining sustainable accommodation, reducing negative and risky behaviours, forging positive peer networks or moving towards employment, education, training or volunteering.”

    Amelia concludes, “Our goal should be that our services are valued for their impact – for individuals, communities and on society – and how we work; as a trusted and effective partner. Getting this right will ensure that some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people can lead more positive, productive lives.”

    Venture Trust bids a fond farewell to Mark Bibbey, the organisation’s most recent Chief Executive. Amelia adds, “Mark was a respected and influential leader, and will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best in his new role at PoppyScotland.”

    Media enquiries: Jess Whistance at Venture Trust on 01209 844 644 or email

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    Inspiring Young Futures Referrers Survey 2015

    Inspiring Young Futures – Referrers Survey 2015

    Towards the end of 2015, we sent out an online survey to 360 stakeholders and referrers to find out their views about our Inspiring Young Futures (IYF) programme - this report presents the findings.

    “Venture Trust provides a bespoke service for young people that makes a real difference in their lives by showing them that they can make positive changes and enjoy doing so”

    Key findings from the survey:

    1. Improving young people’s self-confidence, broadening aspirations and developing the ability to deal with challenge were identified by 98% as either important or very important reasons for referral.
    2. Improving the ability to develop positive relationships and build social networks, improve communication skills and emotion management skills were identified by 97% as either important or very important reasons for referral.
    3. It is a combination of the different stages of the Venture Trust IYF programme that leads to success, including the chance to receive support in the community and access to the unique opportunity that the Wilderness Journey provides.
    4. The community progression support to identify and access local opportunities in training, education, volunteering, work taster and placement opportunities are an important element of the programme.
    5. The quality/approach of Venture Trust staff, Venture Trust’s distinct approach to personal development and the high level of communication with referral partners were identified as particular strengths.
    6. The IYF programme meets particular needs in local areas and there is a high level of support for maintaining the programme. 98.3% of respondents agreed that “there would be a gap in the provision available if IYF was no longer available”.

    “Fantastic experience with Venture Trust, great support and tailored to the needs of the young person. Would definitely refer again!”

    Get the full survey results here.

    Dowload a copy of The Key Messages here.

    We are grateful to everyone who took part and we are very pleased with the positive feedback, plus the opportunity to take on board suggestions for improvement.

    For further information, please contact Sue Sinclair, Funding & Contracts Officer at

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    Persimmon Homes Award

    Persimmon Homes supports Venture Trust's wilderness journeys

    Venture Trust has recently received funding of £1,000 from Persimmon Homes, through its Community Champions scheme.

    The donation will be used to purchase new sets of fleece jackets and trousers, crucial items of clothing worn all year round by participants whilst on a wilderness journey. Our wilderness journeys take place all year round, often in the Scottish Highlands, so consequently these items of warm clothing are also in constant use!

    Jim Kirkpatrick of Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said; “Venture Trust work hard to improve the quality of life for thousands of disadvantaged young people through outdoor development activities and we are very proud to support such a brilliant cause.”

    Venture Trust provides all the kit & equipment required on a wilderness journey to remove this barrier for someone who wants to attend, and would like to thank Persimmon Homes, through the Community Champions Scheme, for their support.

    Click here to see the full press release.

    Read about a recent wilderness journey, delivered on our ‘Transitions to Independent Living’ programme, to see why this clothing is so important.

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