• Employability Support, Health & Wellbeing, Life Skills
  • Industry
  • Rolling programme
  • Start date
  • 16+
  • Eligible Age Range

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Venture Trust – Ayrshire

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The 5-day Next Steps residential wilderness journey is for women whose backgrounds have led to their involvement in offending and the criminal justice system, or to experience homelessness or problem substance or alcohol use which may impact on their wellbeing, relationships and life circumstances. The 5-day journey involves staying in accommodation (usually in the Scottish highlands), engaging in personal development sessions as well as partaking in outdoor activities such as abseiling, hill walking and kayaking.

After an assessment period we support individuals to identify the changes they want to make in their lives and develop goals to help achieve them. During this period, we offer regular community-based outreach support to identify and mitigate against any barriers prior to offering a supportive Wilderness Journey usually in the highlands of Scotland.

The Wilderness Journey focuses on supporting individuals to develop skills and strategies to cope with their situation at home. Further outreach support back in their local community encourages progression and embedding positive changes. We champion prevention and rehabilitation by supporting women involved in criminal justice to tackle complex circumstances and experiences which cause, or may cause them to offend.

By accessing greenspaces and the wilderness, individuals experience the grounding benefits of nature, which clears a busy mind and brings feelings of calm and stability for people who regularly experience high levels of stress and chaos at home. By giving these women time to reflect they build self-awareness around their habits and behaviours and awareness of their environment which may cause them to offend.

Our services provide support for up to 9 months helping individuals to make and sustain connections to services and employment, education, training or volunteering opportunities within their communities.

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

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  • Address 94 Duke Street, Glasgow, UK
  • City Glasgow
  • Post Code G4 0UW
  • Area Scotland Wide
  • Country United Kingdom

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Employability programmes work a little differently from other courses, especially when it comes to eligibility. For example, someone from Glasgow wouldn't be eligible for a programme taking place in North Ayrshire, and vice versa. Check the Postcode Eligibility tab in the Things to Know section to make sure this programme is open to you.

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Updated on January 16, 2024 at 2:41 pm
  • Industry: Employability Support, Health & Wellbeing, Life Skills
  • Programme Type: Course, One-to-One Support
  • Eligible Age Range: 16+
  • Course Length: 6-9 months
  • Course Capacity: 10
  • Eligible Groups: Not in Full Time Education, In Receipt of Benefit, Lone Parent, Homeless / At Risk of Homelessness, Care Experienced, Refugee, Ex-Offender, LGBT+, BME Groups, Substance Misuse, Health Conditions, Long Term Unemployment
  • Attendance Pattern: 1-1 Weekly. 5-day Residential journey.
  • Travel Expenses Covered: Yes
  • Postcode Eligibility: North Ayrshire
  • Start date: Rolling programme

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