The participant panel is a group of past and current Venture Trust participants across our range of programmes, who meet monthly to talk about the issues that impact the people we work with and their communities. We work with our participant panel to create positive change and amplify the voices and ideas of the people we support.

Meet our participant panel

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the panel volunteer their time to support Venture Trust in developing our programmes, marketing and fundraising activities, as well as build awareness around the issues faced by our participants. This involves providing feedback and promoting the work of Venture Trust in areas of employabilitycriminal justice and wellbeing

Our commitment

If you currently involved in any of Venture Trust's programmes or have been in the past, we want to hear from you!

  • share your ideas about Venture Trust's work
  • share your views about issues impacting your community and how the sector can further support your area
  • develop your understand of charity work and receive opportunities to represent Venture Trust
  • add volunteering and training opportunities to your CV
  • receive a letter of recommendation for future employers (available after 6 months)

To learn more about joining the participant panel, please email

Our participants not only have knowledge of our programmes, but they have lived experience and understanding of the multiple and complex needs presented by the people we work with.  By developing this panel we strive to further our understanding of how we can best support the people we work with, amplify their voices and for their needs to lead the direction of our programmes.

The people we work with present many barriers to reaching their full potential; experience of mental health issues, homelessness, caring responsbilities, long term employment, homelessness, domestic abuse, substanse use, struggles returning back to civilian life from the army and involvement in the criminal justice system. Our participant panel have a unique experience of the systems around them and we want to empower them to share their views and influence to create change for the people we support.

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