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Venture Scotland - The Journey Programme (Venture Scotland)

Offices 1&2
Sophia Spencer
#ChangingYoungLives Outdoors

Venture Scotland offer young people aged 16-30 a free, 4 stage progressive personal development programme based in the outdoors. The programme lasts up to a year and is focused on helping to improve their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

The programme is group-based and involves meeting twice a week to participate in fun and challenging sessions that use the outdoor environment to stimulate and sustain personal development and growth. Activities include hill walking, orienteering, canoeing, coasteering, weaselling, and 3-5 night trips to a remote bothy.

Service Type

Health / Mental Health

Client Group

Care experienced, Disability, Homeless / at risk of homelessness, Substance misuse, LGBT+, BME Groups, Criminal Convictions, Lone Parents, Health Conditions, and Long term unemployed

Target Area

North east, North west, South east, South west, and All Edinburgh

Age group served

16-19, 20-24, and 25-29

Pipeline Stage

Stage 1 / Engagement, Stage 2 / Barrier Removal, and Stage 3 / Vocational Activity

Outreach offered


Target client group

Young people aged 16-30 who are struggling with their lives but committed to making positive changes. In particular, we work with young people at risk of poor mental health, homelessness, substance use, past trauma, criminal justice issues, and more. The main criteria is a desire to change.

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