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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!

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    What NOT winning means to us

    Last night, we didn't win Charity of the Year at the Scottish Charity Awards. We didn't collect a trophy or get to make a tearful acceptance speech. And whilst of course we're delighted for all the winners, especially the Scottish SPCA who collected both the People's Choice Award and the Charity of the Year trophy, we couldn't help being a teensy bit disappointed.

    But then we got a hold of ourselves.

    A reality check: This year, we were shortlisted as one of the top five charities in Scotland. In response, we saw the biggest outpouring of support from our participants, referrers and supporters, of which the following is only a tiny selection:

    Fantastic news – congratulations to the whole team – Inspiring Scotland

    Couldn't think of a better charity to vote for :) what a massive difference you make to people! Its the least I can do to say thank you x – Laura, participant

    I already vote venture trust. I love venture trust – Innocent, participant

    Congrats to one of our partners: @venturetrust shortlisted Charity of the Year at #scotcharityawards! – Hilton in the Community

    I saw this article below and wanted to pass on my congratulations for being shortlisted for the awards. A big well done from all at RBS to the whole team at Venture Trust – RBS

    To be shortlisted for this award - in a year when the SCVO received more nominations than ever before, when demand on charities is bigger than ever, and when we're all having to do more with less - is a phenomenal achievement. As many of our participants know, life doesn't always go exactly the way you wanted it to. At those points, you reflect how far you've come, how much you've achieved already, you put a big smile on your face and you go on - bigger and better and with more determination than ever before.

    And if we were preparing that big tearful thank you speech, we'd say thanks to you - for coming here, for keeping up to date with our news, for supporting our achievements and coming along on this journey with us. Our staff, volunteers, supporters - and most of all - our participants: Thank you. We couldn't have done it without you.

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    Royal Mile Street Collection Success

    Venture Trust's Royal Mile street collection - on Friday 17th July 2012 - was a great success; collecting money for Venture Trust and raising awareness of what we do amongst festival-goers in the city.

    Despite a rainy start, our cheery collectors donned fancy dress and big smiles, and headed out to drum up support. A group of our Clackmannanshire participants and staff (above) boosted the numbers after lunch, and the fantastic people at Castle Gift Shop kept us warm and dry, as well as donating the proceeds from their VT collecting tin.

    We'd kindly been loaned an Olympic Torch for the day which was a big hit with passers-by, who stopped to have their picture taken with the torch in return for a donation. Many thanks to the lovely Steph Dowling for trusting her precious torch to us for the day, and to our summer Intern Emma Edwards for all her hard work organising the collection.

    It was really great to see everyone out spreading the word about Venture Trust, and raising money towards our personal development programmes. To everyone who collected, and everyone who donated: thank you. You're helping someone from a difficult and disadvantaged background to make positive steps towards successful futures.

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    Venture Trust chosen as Sainsbury's Charity of the Year

    We're delighted to announce that staff and customers at Sainsbury's Quartermile in Edinburgh have chosen Venture Trust as their charity of the year.

    Over the year, we’re really keen to maximise our partnership with Sainsbury’s Quartermile. We’ll be promoting our work in store, putting collection tins on tills, and asking staff and customers to get involved in our events. Keep an eye out for us in store!

    We also welcome suggestions for how we can really make the most of this opportunity. If you've for an idea for an in-store fundraising event that customers would love, then don't be shy, get in touch!

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    Got an old banger quietly rusting away on your drive?

    Donate it to Venture Trust!

    Do you have an unwanted vehicle taking up space, but you don’t want the hassle and expense of disposing of it? Venture Trust is here to help!

    Venture Trust has partnered with GiveaCar to help you dispose of your unwanted vehicles in a safe, legal, and environmentally friendly way, while supporting Venture Trust’s vital work in the community.

    How does it work?

    It couldn’t be easier! All you need to do is contact GiveaCar on 020 0011 1664 quoting Venture Trust as your chosen charity or fill out the form online at They will arrange for a collection agent call you in order to arrange a convenient pick-up time.

    What happens next?

    Your vehicle is picked up, usually between 1-3 days. It is then sent to scrap or, if road-worthy, to auction. Even if the vehicle is scrapped, Venture Trust will still receive between £40 and £160.

    Donate a vehicle today by calling Giveacar on 020 0011 1664 quoting Venture Trust as your chosen charity or fill out the form online at

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