Inspiring Young Futures

  • Personal development
  • new skills

Key information

Age range: 16-25

Location: Edinburgh, West Lothian, East Lothian, Dundee, Angus, Perth, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire

Who it's for: Young people experiencing challenging life circumstances, who want to make positive life changes.

How to apply

Inspiring Young Futures is for young people, encouraging them to think about what they would like to achieve and helps them work towards their goals.

The programme offers regular community-based outreach support wrapped around an 8-day Wilderness Journey usually in the highlands of Scotland. Through intensive learning and personal development individuals will consolidate their new skills, boost confidence, motivation and aspirations.

Inspiring Young Futures is designed for young people aged 16-25, struggling with a range of challenging circumstances:

- care-experienced background

- involvement in offending / anti-social behaviour

- history of substance misuse

- homelessness

- low academic achievement

- fragmented family relationships

- early stage social work involvement

Our programmes provide support for up to 9 months helping individuals to make and sustain connections to services and employment, education, training or volunteering opportunities within their communities.

In the last 6 years of delivering the programme Venture Trust has worked with 1870 referrals, engaged 1645 and supported 943 young people to achieve a first positive destination of education, training, volunteering or employment.

Participants are achieving even more than we’d hoped:

  • 78% of participants improve their confidence,
  • 75% increase their range of employability skills,
  • During 2015/16, 114 young people from the programme progressed into positive destinations – education, training, volunteering or employment.

In addition, over 98% of respondents to our 2015 Inspiring Young Futures Referrer's Survey indicated there would be a gap in services if the programme was not available.

Funding partners

  • The Scottish Government

    The Scottish Government continues to support our Living Wild and Inspiring Young Futures programmes.

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  • European Social Fund

    Funding from the European Social Fund is supporting our four core programmes.

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  • Comic Relief

    Comic Relief is funding our programmes for 16-24 year olds through its "Make Yourself at Home" grant. The funding will be for three years and will help support young people who have previously, or are currently at risk of, experiencing homelessness across Scotland. Participants are likely to face various challenges to achieving and sustaining safe, stable lifestyles and accommodation, including combinations of; unemployment; involvement in criminal justice systems; substance misuse; low self-belief; relationship breakdowns and mental health issues.

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  • National Lottery Community Fund

    The National Lottery Communtiy Fund supports our Inspiring Young Futures programme with a new three year grant from 2016-2019. This will support the programme in Edinburgh, West Lothian, East Lothian, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.

  • Inspiring Scotland

    Inspiring Scotland are supporting our Inspiring Young Futures programme.

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  • The Gannochy Trust

    The Gannochy Trust is currently supporting our Inspiring Young Futures programme in Tayside.

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  • City of Edinburgh Council

    The City of Edinburgh Council supports three of our programmes - Inspiring Young Futures, Living Wild and Next Steps.

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  • The Robertson Trust

    The Robertson Trust is an independent Scottish grant-making Trust. They are supporting our Inspiring Young Futures programme in Glasgow, Inverclyde, South and North Lanarkshire for three years from 2018-2020

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  • Scottish Children's Lottery - Chance to Succeed

    Through the Chance to Succeed charity, the Scottish Children's Lottery is supporting our Inspiring Young Futures programme.

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  • The Wise Group

    Venture Trust is working in partnership with The Wise Group to deliver Fair Start Scotland - the Scottish Government's new employability service helping people get into work. It is a collaboration with partners across the West region to deliver tailored one-to-one support for up to 18 months, then further support when a person gets into employment. Visit Website

  • Fair Start Scotland

    Fair Start Scotland is a new service helping people get into work. Working in collaboration with partners across the region to deliver the service, Fair Start offers tailored one-to-one support for up to 18 months, then further support when you get into employment. Visit website

  • People's Postcode Trust

    People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our Inspiring Young Futures programme received £20,000 from the Trust towards the cost of an Outreach Worker at our West Hub (Glasgow) in 2018-19.

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Delivery partners

  • Wise Group

    Venture Trust is working in partnership with The Wise Group to deliver Fair Start Scotland - the Scottish Government's new employability service helping people get into work. It is a collaboration with partners across the West region to deliver tailored one-to-one support for up to 18 months, then further support when a person gets into employment. Visit Website

  • FairStart Scotland

    Fair Start Scotland is a new service helping people get into work. Working in collaboration with partners across the region to deliver the service, Fair Start offers tailored one-to-one support for up to 18 months, then further support when you get into employment. Visit website

If you have a question about Inspiring Young Futures or want to find out more about being referred to the programme please contact us at hello@venturetrust.org.uk or 0131 228 7700.

To make a referral, please download and complete the Venture Trust Referral Form.

Venture Trust Referral Form

Venture Trust Referral Form (Compatible with Word97-2003)

Completed forms should be sent securely. If you are the owner of a CJSM or GCSX account, please use the relevant email addresses below to transfer sensitive documents.

If you do not have access to an encrypted system, consider the use of another method to safely transfer sensitive information. This can be encrypted attachments to the regular email addresses below, by post using double envelopes or hand delivered.

For any queries or additional information, please contact the relevant hub co-ordinator using the details below.

Venture Trust Hub

Area

Hub Coordinator Contact Details

East

Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian, Borders, Fife, Stirling, Falkirk, Clacks.

Dundee, Perth, Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

easthub@venturetrust.cjsm.net (secure email)

referralseasthub@venturetrust.org.uk


West

Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Ayrshire(East, North & South), Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East/West Dunbartonshire, Argyle & Bute


Fair Start Scotland

East or West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire or Inverclyde

Venture Trust is working in partnership with The Wise Group to deliver Fair Start Scotland - the Scottish Government's new employability service helping people get into work. It is a collaboration with partners across the West region to deliver tailored one-to-one support for up to 18 months, then further support when a person gets into employment

westhub@venturetrust.cjsm.net (secure email)

referralswesthub@venturetrust.org.uk



































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