We work to make a positive life possible for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people across community justice, employability and wellbeing. Our intensive personal development and experiential learning - delivered in Scottish communities and the outdoors - support people to build skills and unlock confidence. ​

We use Scotland's outdoors and work in communities to deliver intensive personal development for people, at any stage in their life, struggling with issues such as involvement in the justice system, long-term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness or risk of homelessness, isolation, and a history of trauma or harm. 

We provide: 

  • Personal development programmes that significantly improve people’s mental, emotional and physical wellbeing, relationships and use of local support and services
  • Justice-specific programmes focused on rehabilitation and reducing offending throughout Scotland 
  • Employability programmes for young people facing hardship and disadvantage in Scotland 
  • An Outdoor Therapy service, combining professional therapy with the benefits from time in nature and the outdoors

Note: Venture Trust does not currently work with registered sex offenders or those subject to Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

Our Programmes

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Living Wild

For men and women across Scotland who are currently involved in the justice system as a result of offending or alleged offending behaviour and 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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Next Steps

A personal development programme for women across Scotland experiencing homelessness, drug or alcohol misuse and social isolation which may impact on their mental health, employment and relationships.

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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.

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Cashback Green Futures

An employability service for young people in Scotland struggling with long-term unemployment. Our service is tackling youth unemployment by building aspiration, motivation and self-confidence while developing key employability skills.

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Forward for Families

An employability service for parents in Fife facing barriers to employment. Our service is tackling unemployment by building aspiration, motivation and self-confidence while developing key employability skills.

Success stories

Laurence’s story

“I used to think that people couldn’t change, but now I do. Everybody deserves a second chance.”

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