Venture Scotland’s aim is to empower disadvantaged young people to first recognise their skills and strengths and then achieve their potential and in doing so, turn their lives around and make an active contribution to their local communities.
Each year, 100 young people aged 16-30 are supported to develop new life skills and build their confidence, improve their mental and physical health and increase their access to employment, training, education and volunteering. This is facilitated through a 12-month intensive outdoor based personal development programme known as “The Journey”.
Since moving to Edinburgh I have been volunteering with Venture Scotland as much as possible. This has mainly taken the form of supporting with activity days (hill walking, climbing, weaseling etc.), but also included stays at the bothy, where the group stays for a number of days to conclude each stage of their 12-month journey.
How to get involved
There are heaps of volunteering opportunities (both for those based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but also further afield). Click on the icon opposite to learn more.