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    'Divas Reunited' for Venture Trust

    Venture Trust are delighted (and more than a little excited!) to be the chosen charity for the forthcoming 'Divas Reunited' concert by GLITS ladies choir in Edinburgh.

    Come and join us in November at the St. Brides Centre, Edinburgh, for an celebration of 60s pop divas, with all profits being donated to Venture Trust. Fancy dress welcome!

  • Venture Trust wins at the Scottish Community Safety Network Awards

    Venture Trust attended the Scottish Community Safety Network Awards last night after being nominated for its Next Steps programme.

    Everyone at Venture Trust was on a high after being shortlisted for the SCVO Charity of the Year Awards back in June, so to be nominated for the Scottish Community Safety Network Awards most definitely took us by surprise and we were delighted! However, to actually win the National Initiatives Award for our Next Steps programme means everything to us.

    The essence of our Next Steps programme is to support women involved in substance misuse and offending - especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds - to make sustainable changes to the stability of their lifestyle. To use wilderness-based personal development opportunities to enable women to develop the skills and motivation to move away from offending and contribute positively to their community.

    The hosts of the awards ceremony, The Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN), brings together people who are involved in community safety in Scotland to work towards its vision that: People are safe from crime, disorder, danger and free from injury and harm; and communities are socially cohesive and tolerant; are resilient; and able to support individuals to take responsibility for their wellbeing.

    The awards ceremony itself was a fantastic evening, with much fun had by all. This has been another great platform for increasing awareness of our Next Steps programme and its positive outcomes and we are thrilled to have won this award and to have received such recognition.

    Our Chief Executive Mark Bibbey said, “ I am delighted that we have won the National Initiatives Award for our Next Steps programme. This award not only recognises and endorses the hard work and dedication of staff involved in delivering the highly successful Next Steps programme, but also those involved across all of Venture Trust's provision for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in society."

    Venture Trust has achieved so much so far this year and it has been a big enough highlight to be shortlisted for two awards this year, but to win one of them really has made 2013 an incredible year for us. A huge thank you to the Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) and to all the women, partners, referrers and funders who've helped make this programme such a success, we couldn’t have done it without you.

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    Venture Trust showcases opportunities for Glasgow school leavers

    Today saw young people about to leave school in Glasgow introduced to charity Venture Trust at a prestigious City Chambers event. At the ‘Secure Your Future’ event, Venture Trust offered inspiration and opportunity to this year’s school leavers, and challenged those who are struggling with the transition from school to take ‘a chance for change’.

    As Glasgow celebrates its best ever exam results this year, the future holds uncertainty and doubt for many of those who did not get the results they hoped for this week. For those who remain unclear about their futures, the ‘Secure Your Future’ event at the City Chambers today offered young people the support they need to get their futures on-track. Whilst interview training, careers advice and jobcentre vacancies offered the right option to many, Venture Trust’s provision – offered from an eye catching mobile vehicle parked right outside the City Chambers – was a little different.

    Venture Trust gives young people in Glasgow the opportunity to engage with a challenging, intensive personal development programme. Specialising in supporting those who’ve disengaged from education, experienced care, have caring responsibilities or who are at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system, Venture Trust offers Glasgow school-leavers the chance to reassess the path their life is taking. Combining one-to-one local support with an intensive ten day expedition in the Scottish Highlands, Venture Trust challenges participants to develop new skills and capabilities for the future. The mix of learning activities and discussion sessions offered by Venture Trust inspire, encourage and support participants to develop the motivation, self confidence and life-skills necessary to make their ambitions reality. Outcomes show that more than three quarters of those who engage with Venture Trust are measurably more employable after participation.

    The opportunity to join one of Venture Trust’s programmes proved popular with young people today, with almost two hundred stopping by to find out more. With the opportunity to talk to staff, tour the flagship mobile vehicle, and see work produced by previous participants, this year promises to see more Glasgow young people than ever take advantage of Venture Trust’s provision.

    Venture Trust has seen over 560 Glasgow young people referred to its programmes over the past three years, and has supported almost 100 Glasgow young people into employment, education, training or voluntary work. In doing so, it is supporting the Council’s Employability Pipeline and complementing an Employability Programme which aims to “take a 'whole needs' approach to the issues and barriers encountered by workless and disadvantaged clients”. Glasgow, with its Community Planning Partnership that brings together key public, private, community and voluntary representatives to deliver more effective services in the city, is taking a genuinely proactive approach to supporting those young people who didn’t get the results they hoped for this week – those who need extra support to achieve their future potential.

    For a significant few, Venture Trust will be the chance they need to turn this week’s disappointment into the opportunity of a lifetime.

  • Fun Day Frolics, Face Painting and Laughter!

    Sainsbury’s Quartermile and South Clerk Street Stores organise Fun Day Fundraiser for all of the local Edinburgh Stores' staff, family and friends to attend.

    On a bright and sunny day on Sunday 4th August 2013, Sainsbury’s Quartermile, with many of the other stores in Edinburgh, arranged a Fun Day Event at Edinburgh Academicals Rugby Park in Stockbridge and invited Venture Trust along! There were several activities to choose from to keep everyone entertained, ranging from raffles, bake sales, guess how many sweets are in the jar, a tombola, glitter tattoos and face painting.

    Of course, Venture Trust was in charge of the face painting stall, with an additional raffle and guess how many sweets in the jar competition! After a slight reluctance from the kids, they were enthusiastically queuing up to choose flowers, butterflies, dogs and tigers to be painted on their faces and they seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. Whilst waiting, the parents took full advantage of our fantastic raffle and guess how many sweets are in the jar competition!

    Sainsbury’s Quartermile Store Manager Karen said, “It’s been such a fantastic and fun day. I know that everyone has had a great time, especially the kids! It is always good to do events where Venture Trust can continue to increase its awareness and presence amongst the general public”.

    So far our stall has raised just under £50, but we are awaiting many more donations from the day so the total will be even bigger!

    A huge thank you to Hobbycraft Edinburgh for their generous donation of face paints and glitter, to Waverley Steps Starbucks, Cath Kidston, Dynamic Earth and Fabhatrix for all of their great raffle prize donations, as well as to our fabulous volunteer May Boyter! Thank you to all of you, we are extremely grateful and these events would not be possible without your help.

    If this has inspired you to do an event to raise money for Venture Trust take a look at our events page or contact holly.child@venturetrust.org.uk to find out more!

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    Pledge to LISTEN to young people in care

    "We aren't in care because we are bad. We are in care because our mums and dads can't look after us properly".

    Venture Trust are delighted to have joined Who Cares? Scotland's 'Pledge to Listen' campaign, directly tackling the stigma and discrimination which children and young people in care and care leavers face. Though our work with young people in care on our Inspiring Young Futures programme, we're all too aware of the issues facing these young people, and hope that you'll join us and 'Pledge to Listen' to young people in care. We're delighted that some of Venture Trust's participants have been able to add their voices to the campaign - sharing their real stories and experiences of the care system.

    We hope that, by supporting Who Cares? Scotland with this initiative, more young people will have a positive journey through - and out of - the care system. Watch this video for more information about what you can do to support and promote the campaign.

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