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Venture Trust Newsletter July 2019

Welcome to our July newsletter.
School holidays might have come - summer unfortunately has not. Yet despite the wet weather and cooler temperatures, we continues to deliver our intensive personal development programmes in communities and in the wilderness. This weather certainly encourages the development of consequential thinking, if you don’t put your waterproofs on, you’re going to get wet...
This month, read about our work to improve participants’ employability, a funding announcement, and a couple of great opportunities to get personally involved in supporting Venture Trust.
Removing barriers and inequalities
Boosting young people into work
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Fraser Taylor, our Employability Co-ordinator, recently shared his experience of previously being out of work and the struggles he faced. Today Fraser co-ordinates Venture Trust’s employability programmes which support young people develop the confidence, skills and motivation to make positive life changes.
During our employability programmes individuals learn how to develop a CV, make job applications, and prepare for an interview. They are supported to identify the next step that is right for them, whether that be education, training, volunteering or employment.
Read Fraser’s full account in the Scotsman, here
Closing the attainment gap
Working together to support disadvantaged young people
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Research from our funding partner Impetus has shown that in the UK disadvantaged young people are twice as likely to be out of education, employment and training as their better-off peers.
Venture Trust, with organisations like Impetus, are working to close the attainment gap. We support those struggling with many and complex issues, outside mainstream support and unemployed, or who may have never been in employment. This hinders their life chances and future potential. Our approach is preventative and long-term. We focus on an individual’s strengths, equipping them with essential life-skills and building confidence. Together, we can tackle a cycle of harm and inequality which leaves some people in the margins of society.
Read more about Impetus and access their publications here, and watch our video here
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Grant made towards Cashback Change Cycle in Glasgow
Venture Trust is pleased to announce it has recieved support from the Zurich Community Trust. These valuable funds will go directly towards providing personalised support for young people in Glasgow taking part in our Cashback Change Cycle programmes.
The decision to award the grant was made by the Zurich Community Trust’s local grants Glasgow committee, following donations by Zurich employees and matched by the Zurich Community Trust.
Thanks again to the Zurich Community Trust for their support.
A Cashback Change Cycle course is currently underway in Glasgow. It also runs in Edinburgh where the next course is set to start on 19 August 2019. Click here to find out more.
Saddle up and cycle for Venture Trust

8 September 2019: Pedal For Scotland
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
~Albert Einstein
If you agree with Einstein (or even if you don't) you may want to join in biggest pedal power event in Scotland of 2019 - more than 6,000 cyclists took part in 2018. In fact, what are you waiting for? This year will be your last chance to take part in this iconic Glasgow-Edinburgh closed-road cycle, as Pedal For Scotland will evolve into inclusive, free, local events across Scotland from 2020.
Ian Patterson, one of our Funding & Contracts Officers (the cyclist in red, above), has taken part in the event an extraordinary 6 times and is doing it again this year! Here's what he told us,
"It’s not a race, it’s a fun, if sometimes, hard challenge, made more enjoyable because the others doing it are just a wide range of people, who are taking part because it’s a challenge from which they can make money for the charity of their choice. The atmosphere throughout the event is amazing from start to finish, adding to the fun during the ride and the sense of achievement when you finish."
Click here to find out more
Kiltwalk: a Scottish flavoured event

Sunday 15 September
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The Kiltwalk is a unique Scottish charity event which raised more than £5 million in 2018 - a sponsored walk that includes all abilities and is a great day out for all the family too.
This year, led by our CEO Amelia, Team Venture Trust will be taking part for the first time. Come and lend us your support.
If you are looking to do 10,000 steps in a day the Wee Wander is for you, coming in at around 11,250 steps. If 10,000 steps is already within your comfort zone you can work towards the Big Stroll at around 35,000 steps, or even the Mighty Stride at around 54,000 steps - close to a walking marathon. All routes make their way through Edinburgh and come together to finish in one big celebration at Murrayfield stadium.
In addition, this year one lucky walker will win a brand new Vauxhall Corsa!
Find more about the Kiltwalk and how to register here

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