No two people are the same
Our participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, struggling with many and complex issues. They are often outside of mainstream support, often long term unemployed.
...but they all have one thing in common
What unites all our participants is each individual's commitment to changing their lives for the better. When they join Venture Trust, each individual has identified things in their life that could be improved. They might have realised that certain behaviours aren't getting them where they want to be, or that they need to do something different. We support people to identify changes they want to make in their lives, and help them to think about the ways they might go about making those changes.
For many of our participants, life has not been easy. They may have struggled with addiction, experienced homelessness, isolation, trauma or harm, involvement with Scotland’s criminal justice system, or long term unemployment.
Many have experienced chaotic backgrounds, which may have made it difficult for them to get on in mainstream education or to see the future they want for themselves. Some have grown up where unemployment, drug and alcohol misuse or violence are a part of their everyday life. Many, as a result of this, suffer from a lack of confidence and aspiration.
For them, Venture Trust represents an opportunity. It's an opportunity not only to develop the skills to become more employable or more stable, it's also an opportunity to raise their aspirations, see more possibilities, develop belief in their futures, and learn how to build and maintain positive, quality relationships with those around them.