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Changing Young Lives Outdoors after Covid-19

by Tricia Venture Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


raised of £5,000 target


4% 18 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 7th October 2020 at 11:59pm

To support young adults struggling with their mental health, to help them rebuild their lives after the Covid-19 lockdown.

by Tricia Venture Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

About Venture Scotland

We are a small charity, working in the outdoors with some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people who are struggling with their mental health.  Over the past 30 years, from our centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh, we have become Scotland’s only provider of long-term, outdoor-based personal development. Each year, we support up to 100 young adults aged 16-30 who live in areas of deprivation where poverty, health inequality, unemployment, crime and alcohol/substance misuse are most prevalent, often resulting in suicide, self-harm, eating disorders and chaotic or isolated lives.

Our vision

We believe that every young adult should have the opportunity to learn how to change so they can lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life. We build trusted and caring relationships with our participants and create a safe but challenging environment which enables personal growth, positive change and achievement.


Who we support

Young people who are struggling to understand and maintain their mental health, making them scared, anxious and isolated from their communities. Young people who are suicidal, self-harming or have eating disorders. Young people who have got to a tipping point in their lives and are asking us to help them to turn their lives around.

How Covid-19 has affected them

Covid-19 has exacerbated their issues and this will mean there are more young people needing help once we are fully out of lockdown. When asked what challenges they have faced during the lockdown, one of our current participants  told us:

"My brain and what was going on inside my head. I had no break from myself. I felt trapped. I had a fear and anxiety about the pandemic. I struggled with the loss of routine which I had gained through Venture Scotland. I struggled with the loss of momentum my life had began to gain."

We have continued to engage with our young people throughout lockdown over Zoom and have designed a new virtual programme with outdoor elements. This has meant that we are now able to support young people from further afield.


What we will do to help

Our new programme will engage young people in a series of regular outdoor activities (e.g. scavenger hunts, exploring their local green space, identifying plants, cooking outdoors, sharing their local walks and making wild flower grenades) in small groups. Young people will also attend 1-2-1 support sessions with their Outdoor Programme Leader to help them make the right changes to positively impact on their lives.

Ultimately, our new programme will help young people to:

  • Reduce their isolation and gain confidence
  • Understand themselves and others by improving their social awareness
  • Improve their physical, emotional and mental health 
  • Inspire them to reach their potential

How we will use the money

All the money raised in this crowdfunder will go towards the core costs of our long-term personal development programme. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

A VS branded neck buff... maybe a unique Christmas present for someone?

£10 or more

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£10 Reward

Thank you letter with VS sticker included

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£25 Reward

A VS branded reusable coffee mug

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