We're delighted to have been shortlisted again this year in Sainsbury's stores across Glasgow and Edinburgh to be their charity of the year.
Since 2009 Sainsbury’s stores have each selected a Charity of the Year to partner with, to date raising over £13 million for charities. Most recently we were chosen charity for Sainsbury’s Local at Quartermile Edinburgh, which raised over £3,000 for the work of Venture Trust, and would love to partner with more stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the coming year.
We’ve been shortlisted by 14 Sainsbury’s Local stores, and now we need your vote to help us win!
The stores in Glasgow are:
Killermont Street (G2 3LD), Queen Street (G1 3DS), Sauchiehall Street (G2 3EX), Trongate (G2 8AH), Byres Road (G11 5JY) and Novar Drive (G12 9PU).
In Edinburgh, we’re shortlisted at:
Howe Street (EH3 6TG), Stockbridge (EH4 1LR), Shandwick Place (EH2 4RT), Bruntsfield Place (EH10 4DG), Dundee Street (EH11 1AW), Waverley Steps (EH1 1BQ), West Port (EH3 9DR) and Quartermile (EH3 9GG).
If you are nearby or passing one of the stores you can pop in and vote in-store, you can also cast your vote online.
Online voting is really simple:
1. Click on this link: https://www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk
2. Enter your selected postcode
3. Select the relevant store
4. Click on “Vote for this charity” (next to Venture Trust of course!)
5. If you want to vote for us in more than one store, refresh your page and enter another postcode.
5. That’s it!
Today marks the end of Volunteers’ Week Scotland (1-7 June 2017), which has seen charities celebrate the vital contribution made by volunteers the length and breadth of the country – the work of volunteers contributes an estimated £2.6 billion every year to the Scotland.
Nikki has been volunteering with the funding team at our Edinburgh office for two days a week since September 2016, and has made a great contribution to our fundraising efforts, particularly focussing on making applications to Trusts & Foundations. As someone who has a love of the outdoors and a desire to help people negotiate difficult life situations, she told us,
"I’m very much drawn to the ethos and values of the Venture Trust. I’m inspired by how the charity combines lessons and values that can be gained by wilderness challenges with very practical, valuable life skills once back home."
Nikki, who lives in Edinburgh with her husband and children, also volunteers as a Beaver Scout Leader, and loves getting herself and her family outdoors. She has taken on a number of charity challenges over the years, completing the Edinburgh Marathon for us in 2014.
"It was an amazing experience running the marathon for Venture Trust in 2014- the fundraising team were really encouraging and appreciative of my efforts and I knew then it was for a great cause.
“Now, volunteering in Venture Trust’s head offices, I get to see more of where the fundraising money goes and the amazing difference the charity Trust makes to people's lives. I would heartily encourage anyone considering doing a sponsored challenge to consider doing it for Venture Trust.”
Nicola Clark, our Employability & HR Officer commented,
“Volunteers bring a unique range of skills and abilities to complement those of our fantastic staff team, and create additional capacity to develop key pieces of work. In 2016/17 volunteers contributed an incredible 890 hours to supporting our fundraising, finance and administrative functions.
“We recognise the generosity of individuals giving up their time and sharing their expertise with us, and pride ourselves on ensuring all volunteering opportunities are of value to the individual too; whether through tailored and supported inductions, providing opportunity for volunteers to attend in-house training opportunities or registering volunteers for Saltire Awards to formally acknowledge hours committed to Venture Trust.”
A huge thank you to all our volunteers, past and present, who have freely contributed their time, skills, and enthusiasm to support Venture Trust.
Upcoming opportunities include volunteer positions on our Board of Directors.
If you are interested in volunteering with Venture Trust please get in touch with Nicola on email@example.com or 0131 228 7700.
Venture Trust has been awarded £1,000 from the Edinburgh Airport Community Board towards delivery of the SQA Personal Development Award on the Inspiring Young Futures programme.
The Edinburgh Airport Community Board makes awards for local community work in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, with a focus on sport, health and wellbeing, environmental and educational initiatives. The Community Board's funding will support delivery of the Personal Development Award, through the Inspiring Young Futures programme, to young people aged 16-25 in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
The award is available to all young people taking part in the Inspiring Young Futures programme and fits well with the personal development and employability work undertaken on Inspiring Young Futures. The Personal Development Award consists of three modules: ‘Practical Abilities’, ‘Self in Community’ and ‘Self and Work’.
The award focusses on experiential learning, and with the first two modules undertaken on the wilderness journey (phase 2). It is a good option for the young people taking part in Inspiring Young Futures - many of whom have previously struggled in formal (classroom-based) learning, helping broaden their idea about what constitutes ‘learning’ and where it should take place.
The final module is completed in phase 3 of the programme and, after successful completion and assessment, participants are awarded their SQA certificates. Steph Nicolson, part of the Edinburgh Outreach Team at Venture Trust said,
“The young people are really proud and excited to receive their certificates, recognition of all the hard work on the wilderness journey and the personal development work they do throughout the programme to make ongoing changes in their lives.
The certificate looks good on their CVs and gives them extra credits – helping them get into college, employment, volunteering etc. Gaining this award gives young people the confidence to move on to other certificates and qualifications.”
To accommodate the additional field work required to complete the Award, the Inspiring Young Futures wilderness journey has been increased by an extra day to eight days duration. The final SQA module is completed in phase 3.
Many thanks to the Edinburgh Airport Communtiy Board for their support.
McCrea Financial Services is really going the extra mile for charity. When they picked us as their chosen charity for the year, it was not just a gesture; the staff endure blood, sweat and tears to raise as much money as they can.
To date, there has been a very successful race night, where over £4,000 was raised. Following that, financial planner Jonathan Campbell ran the London Marathon. Now, Managing Director, Douglas McCrea is trekking the John Muir Way which takes in 134 miles coast to coast.
Later this month, some members of the team will be taking part in the Tough Mudder, 10-12 miles of gut busting obstacles, mud and hills.
Venture Trust is delighted to be McCreas charity of the year, alongside Beatson charity. They have shown incredible support and dedication to Venture Trust, and there is a lot more of the year to come!
If you would like to support Douglas in his efforts to complete the John Muir Way, you can donate here.
If you have been inspired by all these people testing their mettle and raising funds for charity, you can do it too! Take a look at our fundraising page here.
We are delighted to announce that Chartered Financial Planner at McCrea's Financial Services, Jonathan Campbell will be running the London Marathon for Venture Trust. McCreas has chosen Venture Trust as one of its nominated charities for 2016. To date the company has held a launch, and a race night which raised over £4,000.
Jonathan who spends his time during working hours with McCreas as a specialist adviser for pensions and investments has been in training since early January when he found out about his place.
He currently runs three times a week with a long run at the weekend and everyone in the McCreas office has had to endure the tales of woe and details on all the aches and pains along the way. It’s fair to say that with his longest run so far of 20 miles, there aren’t many of us that could keep up however so credit where it’s due!
We will all be cheering Jonathan on on Sunday and would like to thank McCreas for its continued support. You can support Jonathan - and Venture Trust - by donating here. To find out more about McCreas, please click here.