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Venture Trust - Living Wild (Venture Trust)

Argyle House
Venture Trust
**Due to the impacts of COVID-19 we have suspended Living Wild. Updates will be made when we are back offering this programme.**

Living Wild supports individuals (16-40) on Community Payback (and other criminal justice orders*) who want to make positive and sustained changes that can lead to a move away from offending and into employment, training or education.

*Structured Deferred Sentences - Diversion from Prosecution - Parole/voluntary throughcare.

How the programme works

After an assessment period, we offer regular community-based outreach support wrapped around a 10-day Wilderness Journey usually in the highlands of Scotland. Through intensive learning and personal development, individuals will consolidate their new skills, boost confidence, motivation and aspirations. This will allow individuals to tackle complex circumstances and patterns of behaviour and tackle re-offending and help with rehabilitation.

Our programmes 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.

Service Type

Employability, Health / Mental Health, Education and training, Volunteering, Domestic Abuse, and Addictions

Client Group

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

Target Area

All Edinburgh

Age group served

16-19, 20-24, 25-29, and 30-50

Pipeline Stage

Stage 1 / Engagement and Stage 2 / Barrier Removal

Outreach offered


Target audience

Men and women (16-40) in the criminal justice system, and those on a Community Payback Order and sometimes on other criminal justice orders.

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