Venture Trust Living Wild - Stages 1 - 2

What do we offer at Stages 1 - 2?

Living Wild - Chance for Change is a 12-15 month programme incorporating 1-to-1 outreach support in your local community and a 10 day personal development journey (approx 200 hours of support).
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. It is an intensive personal and social development programme using wilderness settings and activities, supporting the development of lifeskills, motivation and confidence.

Who can apply?

You can apply to Living Wild if you are on Probation, Community Payback Orders or have had involement in the criminal justice system and want to make positive changes in your life. It is available Highland-wide to eligible 16-30 year olds.

What can you achieve?

As part of the programme you will create a personalised action plan. This can be developed further once you return to the community. You could receive on-going support for up to 15 months to enable you to consolidate your new skills, boost confidence, motivation and aspirations, and reach out to other local opportunities such as volunteering, education, employment and training.

Can I get a training allowance?

The Living Wild programme is free to all participants. We will supply you with outdoor clothing and kit for the programme. All meals will be provided. If you are in receipt of DWP benefits these will not be affected by attendance on this programme.

Who do I contact to find out more?

Contact our local Outreach Worker - Clare Dyer (contact details below) - to check suitability & availability. We will then meet with you to discuss this opportunity.
You can self-refer by getting in touch with us directly, or through referral by your Social Worker or Key Worker.

Training & Skills

We provide support for training and skills in accordance with the Employability Pipeline. If you are unsure about what stage you are at in the Employability Pipeline, our Training & Skills section can help you find out what help is available to you.


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