Living Wild - Chance for Change

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  • Group activities

Key information

Age range: 16-40

Location: Across Scotland

Who it's for: Men and women in the criminal justice system and on Community Payback Order (and sometimes on other criminal justice orders).

How to apply

This programme supports young people on Community Payback Orders (and sometimes on other criminal justice orders*) or on probation throughout Scotland who want to make positive changes in their lives.

The programme helps people involved in the criminal justice system who recognise that they need to address their behaviours and attitudes. It offers support to develop the skills and motivation to work towards a life free from crime, to become more employable, see more possibilities and build positive relationships with others.

We offer regular outreach support for 12-15 months and a 10-day intensive wilderness journey in Scotland. Our outreach team provides community links support following the journey, helping participants to make and sustain connections to services and opportunities within their communities.

*These include Probation Orders, Drug Treatment and Testing Orders, Restriction of Liberty Orders, Home Detention Curfews, parole or taking part in the Turnaround programme.

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


Living Wild Referrers' Survey Result 2014

The programme is proven to enable participants to reduce their risks of re-offending, and make positive changes in their lives and behaviour. Monitoring data from the last five years shows that:

  • 81% of participants showed increased self-confidence
  • 78% improved their employability skill
  • 67% showed behaviours and circumstances likely to reduce risks of reconviction
  • 60% improved their relationships with those around them, and were making increased use of services and opportunities in their community (such as libraries, gyms or doctors' surgeries)
  • Over half of the participants who went on a wilderness journey progressed into employment, education, training or volunteering.

Funding partners

  • European Social Fund

    Funding from the European Social Fund is supporting our four core programmes.

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  • The Scottish Government

    The Scottish Government continues to support our Living Wild and Inspiring Young Futures programmes.

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  • Armed Forces Covenant

    Armed Forces Covenant is funding places on our Living Wild course for veterans in the Scottish community justice system.

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  • City of Edinburgh Council

    The City of Edinburgh Council supports three of our programmes - Inspiring Young Futures, Living Wild and Next Steps.

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  • Agnes Hunter Trust

    The Agnes Hunter Trust funds charities that assist with the education and training of disadvantaged people or with youth development projects

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  • Whirlwind Charitable Trust

    The focus of the charity is to provide life-enhancing experiences to young, disadvantaged and disabled people, principally but not exclusively through the challenge and stimulation of maritime and outdoor pursuits. The Trust's goals are to encourage those they support to grow in confidence, ambition and achievement, whatever their personal background and circumstances.

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  • The Wise Group

    Venture Trust is working in partnership with The Wise Group to deliver Fair Start Scotland - the Scottish Government's new employability service helping people get into work. It is a collaboration with partners across the West region to deliver tailored one-to-one support for up to 18 months, then further support when a person gets into employment. Visit Website

  • Fair Start Scotland

    Fair Start Scotland is a new service helping people get into work. Working in collaboration with partners across the region to deliver the service, Fair Start offers tailored one-to-one support for up to 18 months, then further support when you get into employment. Visit website

Memberships & awards

  • John Muir Awards

    We're delighted to be offering John Muir Awards for participants as part of their personal development journey.

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Delivery partners

  • Families Outside

    Families Outside is an independent charity which offers support & advice to families of those in the criminal justice system in Scotland.

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  • Wise Group

    Venture Trust is working in partnership with The Wise Group to deliver Fair Start Scotland - the Scottish Government's new employability service helping people get into work. It is a collaboration with partners across the West region to deliver tailored one-to-one support for up to 18 months, then further support when a person gets into employment. Visit Website

  • FairStart Scotland

    Fair Start Scotland is a new service helping people get into work. Working in collaboration with partners across the region to deliver the service, Fair Start offers tailored one-to-one support for up to 18 months, then further support when you get into employment. Visit website

If you have a question about Living Wild or want to find out more about being referred to the programme please contact us at hello@venturetrust.org.uk or 0131 228 7700.

To make a referral, please download and complete the Venture Trust Referral Form.

Venture Trust Referral Form

Venture Trust Referral Form (Compatible with Word97-2003)

Completed forms should be sent securely. If you are the owner of a CJSM or GCSX account, please use the relevant email addresses below to transfer sensitive documents.

If you do not have access to an encrypted system, consider the use of another method to safely transfer sensitive information. This can be encrypted attachments to the regular email addresses below, by post using double envelopes or hand delivered.

For any queries or additional information, please contact the relevant hub co-ordinator using the details below.

Venture Trust Hub

Area

Hub Co-ordinator

East

Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian, Borders, Fife, Stirling, Falkirk, Clacks.

easthub@venturetrust.cjsm.net (secure email)

referralsedinburgh@venturetrust.org.uk

East

Dundee, Perth, Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

easthub@venturetrust.cjsm.net (secure email)

referralsforthtaynorthern@venturetrust.org.uk

West

Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Ayrshire(East, North & South), Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East/West Dunbartonshire, Argyle & Bute

Fair Start Scotland

East or West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire or Inverclyde

Venture Trust is working in partnership with The Wise Group to deliver Fair Start Scotland - the Scottish Government's new employability service helping people get into work. It is a collaboration with partners across the West region to deliver tailored one-to-one support for up to 18 months, then further support when a person gets into employment

westhub@venturetrust.cjsm.net (secure email)

referralsglasgow@venturetrust.org.uk

More information about referrals to our Glasgow & West hub.


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