Living Wild - Chance for Change

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Key information

Age range: 16-40

Location: Across Scotland

Who it's for: Men and women in the criminal justice system and on Community Payback Order (and sometimes on other criminal justice orders).

How to apply

Living Wild supports individuals on Community Payback (and other criminal justice orders*) who want to make positive and sustained changes that can lead to a move away from offending.

After an assessment period we offer regular community-based outreach support wrapped around a 10-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. This will allow individuals to tackle complex circumstances and patterns of behaviour and tackle re-offending and help with rehabilitation.

Living Wild is for men and women aged 16-40.

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.

*These include Probation Orders, Drug Treatment and Testing Orders, Restriction of Liberty Orders, Home Detention Curfews, Structured Deferred Sentences (SDS) – Diversion from Prosecution- parole/voluntary throughcare, parole or taking part in the Turnaround programme.

** Venture Trust does not currently work with registered sex offenders or those subject to Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA

The programme is proven to enable participants to reduce their risks of re-offending, and make positive changes in their lives and behaviour. Monitoring data from the last five years shows that:

  • 81% of participants showed increased self-confidence
  • 78% improved their employability skill
  • 67% showed behaviours and circumstances likely to reduce risks of reconviction
  • 60% improved their relationships with those around them, and were making increased use of services and opportunities in their community (such as libraries, gyms or doctors' surgeries)
  • Over half of the participants who went on a wilderness journey progressed into employment, education, training or volunteering.

Living Wild Referrers' Survey Result 2014

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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  • Armed Forces Covenant

    Armed Forces Covenant is funding places on our Living Wild course for veterans in the Scottish community justice system.

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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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  • 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 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

Memberships & awards

  • John Muir Awards

    We're delighted to be offering John Muir Awards for participants as part of their personal development journey.

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Delivery partners

  • Families Outside

    Families Outside is an independent charity which offers support & advice to families of those in the criminal justice system in Scotland.

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  • 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 Living Wild 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 Co-ordinator

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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