Transitions to Independent Living

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Key information

Age range: 16-25

Location: UK

Who it's for: Those who have experienced insecure housing or homelessness

How to apply

A personal development programme for people experiencing homelessness.

The programme is designed to help participants to unlock and make the most of their talents – developing confidence and employability, increasing their ability to access local services and establishing sustainable lifestyles. It equips participants with the skills and attributes needed to access employment, education or training, as well as offering a catalytic shift in attitude and perspective that helps participants plan their move into independent accommodation.

Participants travel from across the UK to take part in wilderness personal development journeys which offers safe and supportive space to reflect and develop. Participants leave the journey with an action plan setting out their future ambitions and the pathway to achieving them which they carry out with ongoing support provided by their keyworkers in partnership with Venture Trust.

The programme is highly successful in helping participants to improve their employability, confidence and relationships. The skills and experiences gained from the programme create a solid base from which they can go on to access positive destinations and sustain independent living.

  • 79% of participants are showing increased self-confidence
  • 79% have increased employability skills
  • 63% have increased their stability (and/or accommodation status).
  • Almost half of participants have improved their bonds with community members, and are making better use of community services and opportunities (such as libraries, gyms, and doctors' surgeries).
  • 55% participants are in education, employment, training or volunteering.

Funding partners

  • The Scottish Government

    We are delighted to receive the support of the The Scottish Government Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme in 2016-17, enabling people in Scotland who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to participate in our Transitions to Independent Living programme.

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  • The Dulverton Trust

    The Dulverton Trust supports our Transitions to Independent Living programme.

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  • Heathrow Community Fund

    Heathrow Community Fund is part of the independently run grant-making charity LHR Airport Communities Trust, which receives funding from Heathrow Airport Limited, noise fines and other funders, as well as funding from Heathrow staff via their fundraising activities. Thrugh their Communities for Youth strand they support young people from in and around Heathrow to take part in the Transitions to Independent Living programme.

Delivery partners

  • The Foyer Federation

    We're delighted to be working with The Foyer Federation supporting young people to sustain their accommodation and move on to more positive futures.

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  • Blue Triangle Housing Association

    We're delighted to be working with Blue Triangle supporting people to sustain their accommodation and move on to more positive futures.

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If you have a question about Transitions to Independent Living or want to find out more about being referred to the programme please contact Linsey at linsey@venturetrust.org.uk or 0141 552 8232.

To make a referral, please download and complete the Venture Trust Referral Form, emailing it to Linsey at the email address above. 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)

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