Venture Trust
Venture Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC038932

Venture Trust helps people transform their lives. We work with people, who because of their life circumstances, have become marginalised and vulnerable, to support them towards making and sustaining positive changes in their lives. We work in partnership; in communities and in the wilderness of Scotland, delivering effective personal development programmes. We aim to break a cycle of adversity and disadvantage by tackling the harm this creates for individuals, their families and communities. We focus on supporting people to acquire the motivation, resourcefulness and life skills to change their patterns of behaviour for happier, healthier and more productive lives and ultimately a Scotland which is compassionate and just; where communities are safer and everyone can be part of society.

Current vacancies

Community Links Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,928 – £24,584
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th May 2019

2 roles available, one based within our East Hub office (Edinburgh) and one in our West Hub office (Glasgow).

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 team delivers 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 candidates will work with local and national support organisations to raise awareness and knowledge of Venture Trust’s programmes for ex Armed Forces Personnel particularly those with a history of offending behaviours or those reluctant to self-identify as veterans or engage with support. You will offer advice and training to a network of existing and new referral partners on recognising and identifying ex Armed Forces Personnel, particularly those who may not describe themselves as veterans, and specific barriers faced by this cohort and the support options available to them. A particular focus will be on bridging the gap between veteran and civilian organisations, promoting a shared language and understanding of support.

Ideal candidates will have spent time serving in the Armed Forces or will have experience of working with the Armed Forces. Candidates must also display excellent communication skills with the ability to connect with stakeholders at all levels and should be comfortable delivering formal and informal presentations. 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 be open-minded and understanding with a willingness to work with vulnerable and disaffected individuals, recognising the issues that affect them and ways to guide, encourage and support them. 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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Employability Worker (East)

  • Full time
  • £21,928 – £24,584
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st January 2019

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’ve an 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 roles of Employability Worker (East). The successful candidate will support the planning and lead the delivery of employability programmes for participants in their third stage of a Venture Trust programme, and for participants referred directly to our employability programmes. They will develop and manage external referral networks, ensuring efficient running of recruitment for programmes. Sessions will have a practical focus on group work, job search, skills acquisition and ongoing pastoral support to identify and remove barriers to employment and broker employability opportunities with external stakeholders.

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. Experience of development training and/or informal education and a degree in an appropriate field would also be advantageous, as would an SQA assessor qualification or experience in delivering the SQA Employability Award.

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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Funding & Contracts Officer

  • Full time
  • £23,219 – £26,786
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th March 2019

BTA (Bruce Tait Associates) are delighted to be working with Venture Trust in their search for a Funding & Contracts Officer.

“We believe in people. We believe that everyone, whatever their circumstances, can be supported to make and sustain positive changes in their lives.”

Venture Trust changes lives through its intensive, tailored, personal development programmes delivered in communities and out in the Scottish wilderness. The programmes help participants who are experiencing difficulties in leading their everyday lives to gain life skills, stability and confidence which allows them to move forward to a more positive future.

The charity relies on funding from the Scottish Government and a portfolio of other funders to enable its work. To assist in the development, management and administration of its funding, Venture Trust is looking for a Funding & Contracts Officer.

Ideally you will come from a funding background, either as a fundraiser or working for a funding body. Candidates with experience of writing and managing funding bids from other sectors would also be welcomed.

You will have excellent written and analytical skills, be driven by data and have a positive outlook and passion for team work.

If you’d like to work for a charity which brings positivity to the lives of so many, including its staff, this could be the opportunity for you!

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Outreach Co-ordinator – East Hub

  • Full time
  • £25,297 – £28,362
  • Edinburgh (with some travel between organisational bases across Scotland)
  • Closing 18th March 2019

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

  • Full time
  • £21,928 – £24,584
  • Based within our East Hub, primarily working in Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Closing 13th May 2019

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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