Inspiring Young Futures

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Key information

Age range: 16-19

Location: Edinburgh, Dundee, Clackmannan, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, East Lothian, Perth and Kinross and West Lothian

Who it's for: Young people who've been in care, and those with caring responsibilities

How to apply

This programme encourages participants to think about what they would like to achieve, and helps them work towards their goals.

Specifically designed for young people with caring responsibilities, and those leaving local authority care, the programme provides an opportunity for young people to meet others in a similar situation, and to take a break away from their usual environments.

The programme includes 12-18 months of support: participants have the support of a dedicated one-to-one worker (Positive Destinations Adviser) who is there to respect and listen. Community activity days open up opportunities to meet a positive group of peers before embarking on a journey into Scotland's wilderness - all designed to help participants develop new skills and realise their potential. Ongoing support enables participants to consolidate their new skills, boost confidence, motivation and aspirations, and reach out to other local opportunities such as education, employment and training.

Participants are achieving even more than we’d hoped:

  • Over 75% of participants improving their confidence and becoming more employable.
  • Nine in ten young people are more connected to services in their communities after taking part, and have also improved relationships with friends, family, and others around them.
  • During 2010/11, 130 young people from the programme progressed into positive destinations – employment, education, training and voluntary work.

Funding partners

  • Inspiring Scotland

    Inspiring Scotland are a Venture Philanthopy organisation, supporting our Inspiring Young Futures programme over a period of 8 years.

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  • European Social Fund

    The European Social Fund provide programmatic support for a number of our programmes across Scotland.

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  • Agnes Hunter Trust

    The Agnes Hunter Trust funds charities that assist with the education and training of disadvantaged people or with youth development projects

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  • The BIG Lottery

    The BIG Lottery support Venture Trust’s Inspiring Young Futures programme in Glasgow and Inverclyde. Their support will help young people aged 16 to 25 to improve their confidence and self esteem as they make the transition to adulthood.

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  • Young Start

    Young Start supports our Inspiring Young Futures programme in the Highlands

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  • Network Rail

    Network Rail support our programmes aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, and also provide work experience and opportunities for our participants.

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  • The Gannochy Trust

    The Gannochy Trust support our Inspiring Young Futures programme in Dundee.

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  • Hilton in the Community Foundation

    Hilton in the Community Foundation help keep one of our mobile vehicles on the road and supporting young people.

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  • HSBC Future First Programme

    HSBC's Future First programme supports young people who have been in care via our Inspiring Young Futures programme.

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  • Sofronie

    Sofronie is a privately-funded grant-making foundation supporting work with children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the UK and overseas.

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  • The Volant Charitable Trust

    The Volant Charitable Trust supports charities and projects that alleviate social deprivation, with a particular emphasis on women’s and children’s issues. They support our Inspiring Young Futures programme.

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  • The R S Macdonald Charitable Trust

    The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust was set up by Roderick Macdonald in November 1978 with funds inherited from his father. Its objectives reflect his concerns for those who suffered from impairment or as a result of cruelty.

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  • The Saddlers' Company

    The Saddlers' Company Charitable Fund was formed in 1970, with capital provided entirely by donations from the Company's corporate funds. Its modern terms of reference allow the Trustees wide discretion in the use of its income, making it the major vehicle for the Company's' charitable activities.

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  • BBC Children in Need

    BBC Children in Need is the BBC's UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised over £600 million to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

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If you have a social worker or key worker (your 'referrer'), all you need do is tell them you want to come, and why. They'll get in touch with us and help you with the application. When we receive your completed form, we'll call you and your referrer for a chat. Alternatively, just give us a call directly, and we'll help you to get involved.

To find out more give us a call on 0131 228 7700 and we'll put you in touch with your local Positive Destination Advisor.

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