Positive Futures

  • Positive Futures

Key information

Age range: 16-64

Location: Scotland

Who it's for: Ex-service personnel struggling with the transition to civilian life.

How to apply

Positive Futures provides specialist support to ex-service men and women struggling with the transition to civilian life. In partnership with military charities and organisations, Positive Futures forms part of a programme of personal development that helps participants to develop the life skills to see things differently and make positive changes.

The programme helps participants to negotiate barriers, gain some control of the situations that they might find themselves in, and to work towards achieving their personal goals. These could be applying skills learnt within the military; finding a home, rebuilding broken relationships; working towards living a healthy, safe and stable life; retraining or applying for a job; or utilising their skills through volunteering.

The programme is delivered in three phases. Phase one involves identifying the participants goals for the programme. Phase two is a five-day journey in Scotland's wilderness areas, designed to provide time and space outside the usual familiar surroundings, to develop new skills, and to gain confidence and independence. Phase three comprises one-to-one support, where the participant is helped to apply their new skills.

The Positive Futures programme launched in November 2015, we aim to support 120 participants over the next three years. During this time we will:

- evaluate the impact that the programme has had on individual participants' lives

- evaluate the effectiveness of the programme in supporting the work of referral military charities/organisations and monitor take up of the programme

- seek to make adjustments to the programme, where necessary, to ensure that it is effective in supporting the participant to achieve positive outcomes.

Funding partners

  • European Social Fund

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

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  • Forces in Mind Trust

    The Forces in Mind Trust funds Venture Trust's newest programme - Postive Futures. The Forces in Mind Trust continues The Big Lottery Fund’s support for veterans across the UK. The aim of the Forces in Mind Trust is to provide an evidence base that will influence and underpin policy making and service delivery in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.

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Delivery partners

  • Move On

    We are delighted to be working with Move On in delivering peer mentoring training for our Next Steps and Positive Futures participants. We also work in partnership with Move On to deliver the Reaching Higher programme. Move On’s focus is on supporting people to make positive change in their lives.

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If you have a question about Positive 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. 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 co-ordinator using the details below:

Venture Trust Hub


Hub Co-ordinator

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


More information about referrals to our Glasgow & West hub.

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