Venture Trust Next Steps (Venture Trust)
Next Steps is for women whose backgrounds have led to their involvement in offending or to experience homelessness or misuse drugs or alcohol which may impact on their wellbeing, relationships and life circumstances. 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. Participants showed increased self-confidence, improved their employability skills, showed behaviours and circumstances likely to reduce risks of reconviction, improved their relationships with those around them, and were making increased use of services and opportunities in their community (such as libraries, gyms or doctors' surgeries).
After an assessment period we support individuals to identify the changes they want to make in their lives and develop goals to help achieve them. During this period, we offer regular community-based outreach support to identify and mitigate against any barriers prior to offering a 5-day supportive residential based Wilderness Journey usually in the highlands of Scotland. The Wilderness Journey focuses on supporting individuals to develop the skills and coping strategies to maintain their motivation to implement the changes on their return. Further outreach support back in their local community encourages progression and embedding positive changes.
Employability, Health / Mental Health, Education and training, Volunteering, Domestic Abuse, and Addictions
Care experienced, Homeless / at risk of homelessness, Substance misuse, LGBT+, BME Groups, Criminal Convictions, Lone Parents, Health Conditions, and Long term unemployed
Age group served
16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-50, and 50+
Stage 1 / Engagement and Stage 2 / Barrier Removal
Next Steps is for women whose backgrounds have led to their involvement in offending or to experience homelessness or misuse drugs or alcohol which may impact on their wellbeing, relationships and life circumstances.