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.
We are delighted that McCrea Financial Services have chosen to support Venture Trust during 2016!
McCreas Managing Director, Douglas McCrea said: “We commit time and resource to support the charities as something we strongly believe in. This year we are particularly pleased to work with a charity who recognise the benefits our beautiful Scottish Wilderness can bring to people as they learn new skills to build confidence and self-belief."
Douglas himself is no stranger to the outdoors and annually takes on a 'wilderness challenge', last year walking 81 miles along the Speyside Way for Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. In recent years McCreas have raised more than £350,000 for various charities.
The year-long partnership started with a Race Night in Glasgow raising a fantastic £4,200! Jonathan Campbell, one of the advisers at McCreas will be running this year’s London Marathon for Venture Trust on Sunday 24th April. You can sponsor him (and the rest of the McCreas team) here http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/McCreaFS
McCrea Financial Services are also sponsors of Partick Thistle Football Club and we'd like to thank them for helping to launch the partnership.
We're looking forward to a action-packed year working with the team at McCreas, we've already heard rumours of walks, runs, trail-runs, cycles, Iron-men, baking and bbqing being organised for us and their other chosen charity for 2016 - Beatson Cancer Charity.
On 25 June 2015, Venture Trust opened the doors to its new National Participant Centre in Stirling. The newly refurbished building is the main hub from which critical Venture Trust work takes place.
Venture Trust supports a wide range of young people with disadvantaged or challenging backgrounds, to get back on their feet. It does this through intensive wilderness expeditions and life skills development support, with the aim being to give the participants the tools to make positive changes in their lives. That could be anything from finding a home, gaining skills to enable them to get a job, going to college, or getting help with addiction. The new centre in Stirling will provide a base from which to operate these wilderness expeditions.
We would like to thank LandAid, St James’s Place Foundation, Wooden Spoon and the Clothworker’s Foundation for their support with the project. Also many thanks to Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby player Dougie Hall, for opening the centre.
To find out more about the people we support, our personal development and employability skills programmes and the positive impact achieved, please visit our programmes page.
The press release about the opening event is also available here.
We will put photos of the centre up here soon!