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We believe no one should be left behind because they are struggling with adversity, inequality or vulnerability. That is why we are supporting people to gain the life skills, stability and confidence needed to reach their potential.

Established in 1983, Venture Trust delivers intensive personal development for people, at any stage in their life, struggling with issues such as involvement in the criminal justice system in Scotland, long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness or risk of homelessness, isolation, and a history of trauma or harm. 

We provide: 

  • Criminal justice programmes focused on rehabilitation and reducing offending throughout Scotland 
  • Employability programmes for young people facing hardship and disadvantage in Scotland 
  • Programmes for ex-service personnel struggling with civilian life 
  • Personal development programmes that significantly improve people’s mental, emotional and physical wellbeing, relationships and use of local support and services  

 By building trust and ensuring that people feel safe they can explore their complex experiences through personal development and therapy in their community and the Scottish outdoors.

The outdoors offers inherent challenge for individuals to reflect on beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. With time and space away from influences at home, individuals can unlock skills and learn new, more positive, ways of approaching situations.

We focus on the path to a positive future, without forgetting what led people to us. Each person’s circumstances and needs sit at the centre of our approach. By recognising the impact that trauma or inequality plays we can adapt our support to maximise people’s strengths, equipping them with long-term solutions. Together, we can tackle the inequality and complex needs which leave some people on the margins of society.

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