Inspiring Young Futures

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Key information

Age range: 16-25

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

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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  • Comic Relief and the Scottish Government

    A grant has been made to Venture Trust under the Scottish Sport Relief Home and Away programme, helping to secure a legacy from the XX Commonwealth Games, and is 50% funded by the Scottish Government and 50% by Comic Relief. This supports our Inspiring Young Futures programme.

  • 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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  • Who Cares? Scotland

    Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation working with care experienced young people across Scotland. We are working in partnership with Who Cares? Scotland and other third sector agencies on the Reaching Higher employability programme.

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  • The Tay Charitable Trust

    The Tay Charitable Trust support participants on our Inspiring Young Futures programme who come from the Dundee area.

  • Merchants House of Glasgow

    Merchants House of Glasgow supports participants on our Inspiring Young Futures programme who come from Glasgow.

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  • Aberbrothock Skea Trust

    The Aberbrothock Skea Trust support participants on our Inspiring Young Futures programme who come from Dundee and Angus.

Delivery partners

  • 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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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 Outreach Worker.

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