Venture Trust
Venture Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC038932

We believe in the potential of people. We want everyone to succeed and to continue to do so throughout their lives. At any stage in life, people can struggle, and it becomes about surviving not thriving. We support those struggling with issues such as long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness, isolation, involvement in the criminal justice system in Scotland, and a history of trauma or harm.

Current vacancies

Funding & Partnerships Officer (Trusts & Foundations)

  • Full time
  • £23,750
  • Edinburgh/remote working
  • Closing 30th November 2020

Venture Trust is a personal development charity supporting people, aged 16 years and over who are struggling with many and complex circumstances to overcome barriers to realise their potential. Our strengths lie in the trust and relationships we forge, our developmental approach and in harnessing the transformational benefit of being outdoors and amongst nature.

Working in communities, in greenspaces and journeying through some of Scotland’s most wild places, we actively support people by focusing on individual’s strengths, equipping them with essential life-skills and building confidence. We want everyone to succeed and to continue to do so throughout their lives.

This is a great opportunity for someone with experience of raising funds from trusts and foundations to join Venture Trust’s established, successful Funding & Partnerships team. #nevermoreneeded, you will play a key role in raising income for the organisation at this challenging time, whilst building a sustainable income pipeline for the future, particularly in securing multi-year funding.

You will be responsible for developing and managing Venture Trust’s relationships with medium and large grant giving trusts and foundations as part of the development, implementation and monitoring of the organisation’s trusts and foundations strategy. Experience of raising five-figure and multi-year grants from trusts and foundations, alongside a good understanding of the trusts and foundations fundraising environment in Scotland is essential.

Key to success in this role will be strong relationship management skills, combined with a superb ability to write with flair and creativity. Managing and prioritising a varied workload, working under pressure of tight deadlines, whilst liaising effectively with internal colleagues across departments and developing key relationships with external contacts, will be essential in this role.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme.

Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Outreach Co-ordinator (East Hub)

  • Full time
  • £26,500
  • Edinburgh (with some travel across organisational bases across Scotland)
  • Closing 27th January 2020

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

We are recruiting for a new Outreach Co-ordinator to join our team in the East Hub. Our Outreach Co-ordinators lead our Outreach Workers to deliver high quality personal development work with our participants and are responsible for developing strong and effective partnership relationships across local authorities.

The successful candidate will plan and align staff deployment, undertake initial programme eligibility checks, carry out weekly caseload management assessments and oversee a range of personal development provision. Key to the role is developing strong networking and partnership links, to ensure appropriate referrals, Venture Trust delivery which meets the expectations of clients and referrers, and quality employability opportunities in the third phase of the programme. The Outreach Co-ordinator will also be responsible for supporting and line managing Outreach Workers across the East Hub regions and will work closely with wilderness journey teams to ensure effective co-ordination, delivery and review of all programmes.

Ideal candidates will have qualifications in youth work, community education or similar, or equivalent proven experience of guiding and supporting vulnerable and disaffected people. Knowledge and experience of delivering personal development work underpinned by approaches and techniques such as Experiential Learning, Choice Theory/Reality Therapy and Pro-Social Modelling is also essential, as is knowledge of the voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland. Ideal candidates will have strong planning, co-ordination and time management skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels and contribute to strategic planning, along with experience of line management, motivating and supporting a staff team to deliver results. Please note that a driving license and access to a vehicle is an essential requirement of this role.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme. Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Outreach Worker (West Hub)

  • Full time
  • £22,250
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 27th January 2020

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

We have an exciting opportunity for a new Outreach Worker to join our team in our West hub. You will primarily work in Glasgow but may be required to work in surrounding areas as needed. Our Outreach Workers deliver high quality participant support across the range of Venture Trust programmes, to engage participants in a dynamic and progressive community and wilderness-based personal development opportunity.

The successful candidate will undertake the initial assessment of potential participants for our programmes (Phase 1), preparing and supporting them to undertake their wilderness journey (Phase 2), including induction to their SQA Personal Development Award where relevant. Upon return to their community (Phase 3), you will continue to work closely with participants to develop and maintain community links, supporting them into sustained positive destinations, including education, training, volunteering or employment. You will also help to collate SQA portfolios from Phase 2, delivering and assessing final bodies of work. Additionally, you will help to promote the programme with stakeholders, providing progress updates for referring partners and agents to develop and maintain effective relationships.

Ideal candidates will have qualifications in youth work, community development or a related discipline and/or an equivalent level of experience working with vulnerable and disaffected individuals. You will also ideally be qualified as an SQA Assessor and have a strong knowledge of voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland. You will have excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels, and strong time management skills to manage a varied and demanding workload. An ability to work effectively under your own initiative is crucial. Experience of development training and knowledge of drug, alcohol and youth/Criminal Justice related issues would be an advantage. Please note a driving license and access to a vehicle is an essential requirement of this role.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme.

Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Administrative Finance Assistant

  • Full time
  • £18,679
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 4th February 2020

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

We have an exciting opportunity for a new Administrative and Finance Assistant to join our Corporate Services team. The successful candidate will co-ordinate and carry out day-to-day administrative duties within the Edinburgh office including, but not limited to, answering calls and welcoming visitors, managing meeting rooms, co-ordinating incoming and outgoing mail, arranging stationery orders and assisting with photocopying, filing and archiving. Working alongside our Senior Finance Officer, you will provide crucial support to the Finance team, including checking and processing staff expenses, inputting Sage 50 transactions, reconciling petty cash, and the preparing all staff and supplier payments. You will also be responsible for processing staff expenses and purchase ledger transactions for our social enterprise Venture Mòr Ltd and will support the Senior Finance Officer in the preparations of quarterly VAT returns.

Ideal candidate will have experience in a similar finance role, including maintaining a purchase ledger, preparing payments and having responsibility for petty cash. Some experience of using Sage 50 and/or Sage Payroll would be desirable.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme. Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Development Trainer

  • Full time
  • £22,250
  • National Participant Centre (Stirling)
  • Closing 16th March 2020

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

We have a rare opportunity for an experienced Development Trainer, with a passion for delivering tailored personal development programmes to disadvantaged individuals who are committed to making positive change in their lives. As a Development Trainer, you will be required to lead and support participants on their journey. You will deliver one-to-one and group work sessions focusing on areas such as goal setting, consequential thinking and identifying effective behaviours. Development Trainers support our clients to develop transferable skills and positive action plans for their return to their community. You will also be responsible for ensuring programmes are equipped effectively and operated safely in line with our Operational Guidelines, risk assessments and health and safety legislation, as well as for the production of plans and reports, and ensuring the maintenance, upkeep and storage of all equipment.

We’re looking for a highly qualified and experienced individual to join our team, as such ideal candidates will have a wide selection of the ‘desirable’ qualifications as well as the ‘essential’ ones as outlined in the attached job description. At the very least applicants must hold a minimum of two of the following qualifications; Summer Mountain Leader certificate, Rock Climbing Instructor, Moderate Water Leader or equivalent (canoe), including a recognised First Aid Certificate.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave (fixed into periods of downtime), learning and development opportunities including two dedicated training weeks throughout the year and a workplace pension with 3% employer contributions.

Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity.

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Outreach Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,250
  • Based in the National Participant Centre (Stirling), primarily working in the Forth Valley Region.
  • Closing 6th April 2020

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Our Outreach Workers deliver high quality participant support across the range of Venture Trust programmes, to engage participants in a dynamic and progressive community and wilderness-based personal development opportunity.

The successful candidate will undertake the initial assessment of potential participants for our programmes (phase 1) preparing and supporting them to undertake their wilderness journey (phase 2), working closely with the wilderness journey staff. Upon return to their community (phase 3), you will continue to work closely with participants to develop and maintain community links, supporting them into sustained positive destinations, including education, training, volunteering or employment. Additionally, you will help to promote the programme with stakeholders, providing progress updates for referring partners and agents to develop and maintain effective relationships. You may also be required to support the delivery of our SQA qualifications.

Ideal candidates will have excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels. Strong time management skills to manage a varied and demanding workload, with the ability and willingness to work effectively under own initiative and often in isolation are also essential. Ideally you will have qualifications in youth work, community development or a related discipline and/or an equivalent level of experience working with vulnerable and disaffected individuals, supporting them to identify and sustain positive changes in their lives. A strong knowledge of voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland is also essential. Experience of development training and knowledge of drug, alcohol and youth/Criminal Justice related issues would be an advantage. Please note a driving license and access to a vehicle is an essential requirement of this role.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme. Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Outreach Coordinator (East Hub)

  • Full time
  • £26,500
  • Edinburgh (with some travel across organisational bases across Scotland)
  • Closing 13th July 2020

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

We are recruiting for a new Outreach Coordinator to join our team in the East Hub on temporary basis. Our Outreach Coordinators lead our Outreach Workers to deliver high quality personal development work with our participants and are responsible for developing strong and effective partnership relationships across local authorities.

The successful candidate will support the Operations Manager to plan and align staff deployment, will monitor and manage referrals into the Hub, initiating client eligibility checks for our suite of programmes and allocating to the relevant Outreach Worker. The successful candidate will also carry out weekly caseload management assessments and oversee a range of personal development provision. Key to the role is developing strong networking and partnership links, to ensure appropriate referrals, Venture Trust delivery which meets the expectations of clients and referrers, and quality employability opportunities in the third phase of the programme. The Outreach Coordinator will also be responsible for supporting and line managing Outreach Workers across the East Hub regions and will work closely with wilderness journey teams to ensure effective co-ordination, delivery and review of all programmes.

Ideal candidates will have qualifications in youth work, community education or similar, or equivalent proven experience of guiding and supporting vulnerable and disaffected people. Knowledge and experience of delivering personal development work underpinned by approaches and techniques such as Experiential Learning, Choice Theory/Reality Therapy and Pro-Social Modelling is also essential, as is knowledge of the voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland. Ideal candidates will also have strong planning, coordination and time management skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels and contribute to strategic planning, along with experience of line management, motivating and supporting a staff team to deliver results. Please note that a driving license and access to a vehicle is an essential requirement of this role.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme. Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Outreach Worker (Forth Valley Region)

  • Full time
  • £22,250
  • Based in the National Participant Centre (Stirling), primarily working in the Forth Valley Region.
  • Closing 13th July 2020

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Our Outreach Workers deliver high quality participant support across the range of Venture Trust programmes, to engage participants in a dynamic and progressive community and wilderness-based personal development opportunity.

The successful candidate will undertake the initial assessment of potential participants for our programmes (phase 1) preparing and supporting them to undertake their wilderness journey (phase 2), working closely with the wilderness journey staff. Upon return to their community (phase 3), you will continue to work closely with participants to develop and maintain community links, supporting them into sustained positive destinations, including education, training, volunteering or employment. Additionally, you will generate new referrals and help to promote the programme with stakeholders, providing progress updates for referring partners and agents to develop and maintain effective relationships. You may also be required to support the delivery of our SQA qualifications.

Ideal candidates will have excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels. Strong time management skills to manage a varied and demanding workload, work effectively as part of a wider team as well as have the ability and willingness to work effectively under own initiative and often in isolation are also essential. Ideally you will have qualifications in youth work, community development or a related discipline and/or an equivalent level of experience working with vulnerable and disaffected individuals, supporting them to identify and sustain positive changes in their lives. A strong knowledge of voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland is also essential. Experience of development training and knowledge of drug, alcohol and youth/Criminal Justice related issues would be an advantage. Please note a driving license and access to a vehicle is an essential requirement of this role, as is attendance at monthly team meetings at our Edinburgh office.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme. Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Outreach Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,250
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th August 2020

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Our Outreach Workers deliver high quality participant support across the range of Venture Trust programmes, to engage participants in a dynamic and progressive community and wilderness-based personal development opportunity.

The successful candidate will undertake the initial assessment of potential participants for our programmes (phase 1) preparing and supporting them to undertake their wilderness journey (phase 2), working closely with the wilderness journey staff. Upon return to their community (phase 3), you will continue to work closely with participants to develop and maintain community links, supporting them into sustained positive destinations, including education, training, volunteering or employment. Additionally, you will generate new referrals and help to promote the programme with stakeholders, providing progress updates for referring partners and agents to develop and maintain effective relationships. You may also be required to support the delivery of our SQA qualifications.

Ideal candidates will have excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels. Strong time management skills to manage a varied and demanding workload, work effectively as part of a wider team as well as have the ability and willingness to work effectively under own initiative and often in isolation are also essential. Ideally you will have qualifications in youth work, community development or a related discipline and/or an equivalent level of experience working with vulnerable and disaffected individuals, supporting them to identify and sustain positive changes in their lives. A strong knowledge of voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland is also essential. Experience of development training and knowledge of drug, alcohol and youth/Criminal Justice related issues would be an advantage. Please note a driving license and access to a vehicle is an essential requirement of this role, as is attendance at monthly team meetings at our Edinburgh office.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme. Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Communications Officer

  • Full time
  • £20,000
  • Edinburgh (Temporary remote working due to COVID-19)
  • Closing 7th September 2020

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Our Communications Officer is responsible for supporting the Communications and Marketing Manager in executing the overall comms plan through creating content, managing social media, and engaging with stakeholders. The post-holder will be involved in promoting Venture Trust positively to external audiences. A key element of the role is to create engaging content showcasing Venture Trust’s activities and impact.

The successful candidate will support the implementation of our communications and marketing strategy, support Venture Trust to capitalise on marketing and PR opportunities, including devising materials aligned with brand and liaising with press/media/journalists/publishers. Additionally, the successful candidate will monitor social media and website analytics and will produce regular insights to support effective targeting of media and communications activities, support the development of our website content and materials, take day to day responsibility for Venture Trust’s social media channels, contribute to Venture Trust Communications Working Group meetings and will support Venture Trust staff’s use of social media to ensure messages align with our vision, mission and values.

Ideal candidates will have excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels. Ideally, you will be educated to a degree-level and/or will have equivalent work experience. A good knowledge of the General Data Protection Regulation and demonstrable experience in delivering media communications is also essential. Knowledge of graphic and design software, ideally Adobe Design Suite would be an advantage.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme. Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Top job! Head of Finance

  • Full time
  • Circa £42,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th October 2020

Venture Trust is an amazing personal development charity supporting people, aged 16 years and over who need urgent help to break free of the many complex challenges that stop them from realising their potential. Our strengths lie in the relationships and bonds we forge. We never judge, are passionate about our positive approach to personal development and harness the truly transformational benefit of being outdoors, amongst nature, in our wonderful country.

Working in communities, in greenspaces and journeying through some of Scotland’s most wild places, we actively focus on an individual’s strengths, equipping them with essential life-skills, building confidence and motivation. We want no one left behind struggling and for everyone to succeed. Over the next three years we aim to help 2,000 people. We need a Head of Finance to be part of an exciting journey that makes our vision a reality. We believe that with our partners we can beat the challenge of inequality in Scottish society.

The leadership role of Head of Finance is a key one for the organisation; you will lead a team of 4 and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team will report to the CEO. Providing the financial and HR leadership across the organisation and advising on all aspects of charity and company internal control and governance. We are looking for someone who works collaboratively, who is curious, insightful and cares about people and relationships, to drive impact and sustainability and support our people to maximise their contribution in achieving our goals.

To be considered for the role, you will have senior accountancy experience, including external statutory reporting and audit. You will also have experience of successfully leading and managing teams, and of successful project management and development. An appropriate professional qualification(s) is essential and knowledge and experience of HR systems, policy and practice; information management and data security would be advantageous. Developing and maintaining relationships, policies and processes which maximise our effectiveness is at the core of this role. We are looking for someone who shares our values and believes in the potential of people.

For more information on the organisation please visit: venturetrust.org.uk

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Amelia Morgan, CEO on 0131 228 7700.

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Employability Workers (East and West)

  • Full time
  • £22,250
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Closing 26th November 2020

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for skilled trainers and employability workers with experience of working with disadvantaged groups within a welfare-to-work and employability focussed environment, to join our team in the role of Employability Worker. We are looking for two individuals who will be responsible for developing and managing external referral networks in their area to ensure that recruitment for Venture Trust employability programmes and services runs efficiently. You will support the planning of and lead on the delivery of employability programmes for participants in the third stage of a Venture Trust programme and for participants referred directly to our employability services. Session content will vary depending on specific programmes and client groups, but will have a practical focus on group work, job search, skills acquisition e.g. health and safety and other entry level qualifications. The role will also involve ongoing pastoral support to identify and remove barriers to employment and broker employability opportunities with external stakeholders where possible.

Key to success in this role will be strong communication and relationship building skills, not only to deliver client work, but to liaise effectively with Outreach Worker colleagues to tailor session content to client need and seek and provide updates on progress. Strong organisational and prioritisation skills are essential to ensure thorough and accurate records are kept, while experience of development training and/or informal education and a degree in an appropriate field would also be advantageous. Please note, UK driving license and access to a vehicle is essential for this role.

We offer a range of generous benefits including 28 days annual leave and 9 public and bank holiday days, flexible working and a joint contributory pension scheme.

Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and follows an equal opportunities policy.

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