Outreach Worker

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

  • Advertised from 31st July 2020
  • 37.5 hours per week. 12-month fixed term contract.


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.

Application notes

To download an application form and for more information, please visit our website at venturetrust.org.uk/recruitment

Closing date for all applications: 12pm on Monday, 17th August 2020

Interviews will be held on: Wednesday, 26th August 2020

*Please note that due to the current COVID-19 outbreak interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams. Access to a computer and good internet connection will be necessary.

Please send completed application forms to hrteam@venturetrust.org.uk or mail to:

HR Team

Venture Trust

Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street



Please note we do not accept CVs.

*Our programmes are part-funded by the European Social Fund.