Venture Trust

Venture Trust's Personal Development Journeys

Venture Trust champions both preventative and rehabilitative interventions for young offenders. We offer intensive personal development programmes - centred around wilderness expeditions in the Scottish Highlands - which help participants develop the skills to make positive changes in their lives.

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It ran from 11:43 AM, 29 December 2010 to 11:43 AM, 29 December 2010

Registered Charity in England and Wales (285891)

Amount raised

£150

Donations

1

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

Situation

Those involved in offending are among the most excluded in our society. The majority of offenders have backgrounds of considerable social breakdown - a third of prisoners have been in care, half have the literacy and numeracy abilities of an 11 year old, and 70% have two or more mental health disorders. In terms of reform and rehabilitation, our criminal justice system is both highly ineffective and extremely expensive, and many young people quickly become trapped in a cycle of reoffending.

Solution

Evidence overwhelmingly suggests that entering stable employment, alongside the maintenance of healthy family relationships and secure accommodation, significantly reduces the likelihood an individual will re-offend. Through wilderness-based personal development experiences, complemented by supportive relationships with our outreach staff, we help young people to increase their confidence, motivation and stability, improve their employability, and thereby to work towards lives free of offending.

  • "They [Venture Trust] have taken one of your most prolific offenders and worked wonders with him"

    — Governor of Polmont Young Offenders Institution

  • "It has helped me out alot i was getting the jail binge drinking etc, now ive completely changed thanks to staff at VT"

    — Participant

  • "They [Venture Trust] have taken one of your most prolific offenders and worked wonders with him"

    — Governor of Polmont Young Offenders Institution

  • "It has helped me out alot i was getting the jail binge drinking etc, now ive completely changed thanks to staff at VT"

    — Participant