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Winter can be a challenging time with darker days and Scotland’s weather often putting people off getting out. For many, this time of year results in poorer mental health, greater isolation, and increased alcohol and substance use.

At Venture Trust, we believe in the power of outdoors to support better mental and physical health and wellbeing. Alongside our outdoor-based personal development programmes, this year we launched our Outdoor Therapy service, a walk and talk mental health service for young people and ex-military men and women. The service aims to support people by combining the full range of benefits from time in nature and the outdoors with professional therapy to improve mental health and wellbeing.

This winter we are launching #WalkToTalk, a campaign to encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors while connecting with other people. We want to encourage companionship, spending time outdoors with friends and family and having conversations. We’ll be sharing photos of the Venture Trust team out for their walks and provide fun conversation topics along the way.

This is where we need your help!

From November 2021, we would like you to get in touch with friends, family, colleagues, or anyone else who would enjoy going out for a walk and having a chat. While you’re out, take a photo of yourself and your friend out for your #WalkToTalk.

You can either share your photo on social media and tag @VentureTrust, or send it to us and we would love to share it with our supporters. You can request that your photo only be used in a collage with other photos if you prefer.

If you are inspired by your #WalkToTalk please consider making a donation to our winter campaign. The donations will support our work improving mental health and wellbeing for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people.

£12 pays for a set of winter gloves and hat - we're outside in all weather!

£32 provides an hour’s personal development session with a dedicated support worker in a person’s local community

£41 covers the cost of one of our counsellors delivering an Outdoor Therapy walk and talk session with a client

£56 provides pays for food costs for a participant during their wilderness journey

You can make a donation by visiting our JustGiving page below.

Social Media Tool Kit

For tips on how to take a great photo, how to create your social media caption and more, download our WalkToTalk tool kit below.

Outdoor Therapy service

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Outdoor Therapy

The service aims to support people by combining the full range of benefits from time in nature and the outdoors with professional therapy to improve mental health and wellbeing. This is a free, confidential service for 16-25 year olds and ex-service personnel.

Additional services to improve wellbeing

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Living Wild

For men and women across Scotland on Community Payback and other criminal justice orders who want to move away from offending. Our criminal justice programmes support individuals to address behaviour leading to offending and help with rehabilitation.

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Inspiring Young Futures

Inspiring Young Futures is an outdoor learning programme for young people aged 16-25 in Scotland struggling with youth unemployment, involvement in offending, anti-social behaviour, history of substance misuse and homelessness.

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Next Steps

A programme for women across Scotland involved in the criminal justice system, experiencing homelessness, drug or alcohol misuse and social isolation which may impact on their mental health, employment and relationships.

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Positive Futures

For ex-servicemen and women across Scotland who are finding it difficult to transition fully into civilian life. The programme supports veterans involved in the criminal justice system, experiencing homelessness, drug or alcohol misuse and social isolation.

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