Cashback Change Cycle

  • Cashback Change Cycle

Key information

Age range: 16-24

Location: Primarily Edinburgh, Glasgow and surrounding 'travel to work' areas

Who it's for: Young people who have experienced challenging life circumstances and recently completed a Venture Trust programme or equivalent.

How to apply

The Cashback Change Cycle programme supports participants to build aspiration, motivation and self-confidence while developing key employability skills.

The programme is for young people aged 16-24 who are not in work, education or training, facing long term unemployment and disadvantage as well as potentially at risk of (re-)offending or anti-social behaviour.

Following outreach preparation and assessment, a 3-week course element consists of:

  • bike construction/maintenance including workshop experience (subcontracted to Bike Station Edinburgh, and Bike for Good Glasgow)
  • employability sessions
  • short wilderness residential (incuding work-related tasks and biking)
  • qualifications - including Tech Bronze/City & Guilds, iHASCO online health & safety and First Aid
  • one-to-one support, mentoring and coaching
  • development of an action plan

Following the course, support will be provided from Venture Trust's outreach workers which is guided by the participants' individual goals and personal action plans.

The programme is a progression route for participants from other Venture Trust programmes but places will also be available to newly referred participants who are considered to be at the appropriate level of readiness.

The first Cashback Change Cycle programme will take place in September 2017. We aim to work with 256 young people over three years, supporting their progression onto education, training, volunteering, work experience or employment, increasing the stability of their lives and ensuring they break a potential long-term cycle of disadvantage. We aim to:

  • build their capacity and confidence to share ideas, represent views, give/receive feedback, ask for help, and to accept the opinion of others.
  • develop their ability to set clear goals, deal with challenge, manage time, and take personal responsibility
  • increase their aspirations and have the tools to move towards employment, education or training.

Funding partners

  • Cashback for Communities

    Cashback for Communities fund our Change Cycle programme, supporting disadvantaged young people (aged 16-24) to build confidence, motivation, skills and behaviours enabling them to achieve positive destinations.

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Delivery partners

  • Bike for Good

    Bike for Good (formerly the Bike Station) is a registered charity and social enterprise which promotes cycling across the region. Bike for Good in Glasgow is delivering vocational training and cycle training components of our Cashback Change Cycle programme.

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  • The Bike Station

    The Bike Station is a registered charity and social enterprise which promotes cycling across the region. The Bike Station in Edinburgh is delivering vocational training and cycle training components of our Cashback Change Cycle programme.

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If you have a question about Cashback Change Cycle or want to find out more about being referred to the programme please contact Stuart at stuart@venturetrust.org.uk or 0131 228 7700.

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