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Scottish Government funding

Venture Trust

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a significant grant from the Scottish Government to help fund our Living Wild programme, supporting men and women in Scotland caught up in the cycle of offending.

The Scotland-wide programme, with match funding provided by European Social Funds, the Armed Forces Covenant, and a small number of trusts and foundations, will support 320 men and women involved in the criminal justice system. In the last five years alone, 2,218 individuals have been supported through our Community Justice services, helping them to make positive changes in their lives, enabling individuals to move away from offending.

Working closely with established community justice partners, the programme focuses on personal development, centred around a 10 day journey through Scotland’s wilderness. Our experienced team of staff, skilled in experiential learning techniques and cognitive behavioural approaches combined with the outdoors, activity and nature all act as a catalyst for change, and allow individuals to learn life skills, break negative cycles and habits, and build confidence and motivation to address issues that lead to offending behaviour.

Personal development starts in communities led by a Venture Trust Outreach Worker supporting individuals through one-to-one and group work. The funding enables this essential support to be in place for individuals for up to 12 months, as well as employability training and help to transfer skills and build resilience to underpin positive and sustained change.

Amelia Morgan, Chief Executive Officer for Venture Trust, commented:

“We are delighted to receive the support of the Scottish Government which will help us to provide what is an essential service to so many men and women caught up in the cycle of offending. Our Living Wild programme has been proven to reduce re-offending, enabling men and women to break the cycle of negative behaviours, that change is possible and to work towards greater stability, healthier and more productive lives. With this funding we will be working proactively with community justice partners to complement the range of targeted provision focused on rehabilitation and reducing offending in communities.”

For more information about our Living Wild programme, please click here.

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