Inspiring Young Futures

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Key information

Age range: 16-21

Location: Edinburgh, West Lothian, East Lothian, Dundee, 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

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

Inspiring Young Futures is designed for young people aged 16-21 (with a small number of care-experienced young people up to 25), facing one or more of the following issues:

- 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

The programme includes up to 12 months of community-based support: participants benefit from a dedicated one-to-one worker before and after embarking on a 8-day wilderness journey in Scotland. 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.

In the last 6 years of delivering the programme Venture Trust has worked with 1870 referrals, engaged 1645 and supported 943 young people to acheive 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

  • Big Lottery Fund

    The Big Lottery Fund are continuing to support 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Edinburgh Airport Community Board

    The Edinburgh Airport Community Board supports the communities of Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. It funds local sport, health and wellbeing, environment and educational initiatives.

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Delivery partners

  • Historic Environment Scotland

    We are working in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland to deliver two heritage wilderness journeys tracking the Highland Drovers for young carers in Glasgow. During the course of the eight day journey, participants will develop life skills that will prepare them for more successful futures.

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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 or 0131 228 7700.

To make a referral, please download and complete the Venture Trust Referral Form. Please note that whilst the form content may be filled out in Word, the front cover requires a hand signature.

Venture Trust Referral Form

Venture Trust Referral Form (Compatible with Word97-2003)

Completed forms should be emailed to your local outreach worker. If you are not sure who this is, please contact the relevant hub coordinator using the details below:

Venture Trust Hub


Hub Coordinator Contact Details

Edinburgh, Lothians & Fife

Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian, Borders, Fife

Forth, Tay & Northern

Stirling/Clacks, Falkirk, Dundee, Perth/Angus, Moray, Aberdeen, Highlands

Glasgow & West

Ayrshire, Glasgow, Rutherglen, Inverclyde, West Dumbarton, Argyle & Bute, North Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway, South Lanarkshire

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