Positive Futures

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Key information

Age range: 16-64

Location: Scotland

Who it's for: Anyone who has served or been trained in the Armed Forces, including reservists and Territorial Army who have initially transitioned well or are currently struggling to transition to civilian life.

How to apply

Positive Futures is specifically for ex-Service men and women; individuals who may have a wealth of experience and skills, but who are finding it difficult to either transition fully into civilian life or are struggling with maintaining a civilian focussed identity.

This programme involves a 7-day Wilderness Journey, usually in the highlands, to support individuals in developing their life skills and the capacity to see themselves differently and make positive changes that supports their transition.

Our outreach team continues to provide community link support for a period of up to 6 months helping participants to make and sustain connections to services and benefit from employment, education, training or volunteering opportunities within their communities.

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

The Positive Futures programme launched in November 2015, we aim to support 120 participants over the next three years. During this time we will:

- evaluate the impact that the programme has had on individual participants' lives

- evaluate the effectiveness of the programme in supporting the work of referral military charities/organisations and monitor take up of the programme

- seek to make adjustments to the programme, where necessary, to ensure that it is effective in supporting the participant to achieve positive outcomes.

The findings of the independent three year evaluation of Positive Futures was completed in November 2018.

You can read the full report here.

The executive summary here.

Or our Call to Action here.

Funding partners

  • European Social Fund

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

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  • Comic Relief

    Comic Relief is funding our programmes for 16-24 year olds through its "Make Yourself at Home" grant. The funding will be for three years and will help support young people who have previously, or are currently at risk of, experiencing homelessness across Scotland.

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  • LIBOR funds

    Venture Trust's Positive Futures programme is funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.

  • 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

  • Institute of Outdoor Learning

    Venture Trust are proud to have won the Supporting Health and Wellbeing Project Award at the Institute of Outdoor Learning's Celebrating Outdoor Learning Awards 2018. Our Positive Futures programme was recognised with an award for providing innovative, effective and impact driven outdoor learning interventions.

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Delivery partners

  • Move On

    We are delighted to be working with Move On in delivering peer mentoring training for our Next Steps and Positive Futures participants. We also work in partnership with Move On to deliver the Reaching Higher programme. Move On’s focus is on supporting people to make positive change in their lives.

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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 Positive Futures 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 complete our webform:

Secure referral webform

Venture Trust’s new client management system uses SSL encryption to secure all data transfers. This encryption is end-to-end, meaning that your data is encrypted from the instant you submit it. There is no point at which the plain text of your data is accessible to third-parties. Submitted data is held on our secure servers, which can only be accessed by authorised staff via password protection. SSL encryption is the internet standard for secure transfer of information, used by banks, credit card companies, statutory authorities.

However, if your policies require you to use these email systems, you can do so using the email addresses below.

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.

Dundee, Perth, Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

easthub@venturetrust.cjsm.net (secure email)

referralseasthub@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)

referralswesthub@venturetrust.org.uk



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