Volunteer & Funding News

Funding News

Huge thanks go out to the following funders who have supported our work recently:

  • St James Place Foundation to cover programme team salary costs;
  • National Voluntary Youth Organisation Support Fund for staff and volunteer training costs;
  • HSBC Supporting Our Community to improve the water supply to Kinlochetive bothy;
  • Edinburgh Airport Community Fund to create new marketing materials;
  • Postcode Community Trust to cover the Discover stage of our programme.
We have also begun some amazing corporate partnerships (organisations who are fundraising for us) including Go Ape in Aberfoyle and Saffery Champness, an accountancy firm which has offices in Inverness and Edinburgh.  We also received the lovely news over Christmas that The Dome in Edinburgh has chosen Venture Scotland to be their charity of the month in June this year. 
 

Do you work for a company that might be interested in having a charity partnership with Venture Scotland? 
We now have a corporate fundraising booklet which gives companies an idea of how they can help us and what we can give them back. Please email Tricia if you’d like a copy. 

corporate booklet

Can YOU help us Change a Life?

We are kicking off 2020 with a new campaign and we need YOU to help us achieve our target. We urgently need funding to support our work and asking all our supporters (if they can afford) to commit to giving Venture Scotland £10 every month to help us to continue our life changing, often lifesaving, work?

By setting up a regular gift to Venture Scotland, you can help us plan ahead and assure the future of our programme for young people from Greater Glasgow and Edinburgh & the Lothians.

Regular income is like gold dust to any charity and your gift will help us to become more sustainable going forward and able to help more young people. We have set a target of 30 supporters give £10, so we need you to help us. If you can’t afford £10, please pledge what you can. You can also pledge more than £10!!! It’s really easy. You choose which

payment method is best for you by selecting one of the following ways:

  • Set up a month donation securely through JustGiving/venturescotland
  • Set up your own standing order by emailing Anda who will give you our bank details

Don’t forget Gift Aid – If you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase your gift by 25% at no extra cost to you.

Here are some examples of how you could help us continue our life changing work…

  • £5 Gift of Comfort - could pay for a young person’s breakfast, lunch and dinner on a bothy trip.
  • £10 Gift of Activity - could pay for a young person's indoor climbing session.
  • £20 Gift of Reflection - could pay for a young person to have a 1-2-1 session with a dedicated support worker to talk through the issues and barriers they are facing and how they can overcome them.
  • £30 Gift of Understanding - could pay a life skills session for young people to enable them to be fully informed. Subjects include cooking, sexual health, drug awareness, budgeting, first aid, volunteering & being work-ready.
  • £35 Gift of the Outdoors - could pay for a team building day at a local beach or up a hill. The outdoors can improve sleep, reduce anxiety and improves mental, emotional and physical well-being.
  • £50 Gift of Care - could pay for 2 support staff to help a young people facing a crisis.

Volunteers Get Together

Edinburgh – Wednesday 12 February from 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Glasgow – Thursday 13 February from 6.30pm to 9.00pm

As most of you will remember, last summer we held a series of evening meetings so that volunteers had a chance to chat with David, our CEO, about the goings on at Venture Scotland, covering funding, policy, strategy, and everything in between! These evenings were a great way to keep everyone at VS – staff, volunteers and board members – on the same page about how things are going and what our plans are for the future, and since it’s been a while we want to do it all again!
We’ll be holding Q+A evenings in both offices so that David and Daniel (our volunteer co-ordinator) can keep you guys informed and so you can ask any questions or raise any concerns. We’ll be discussing our new draft values; explaining the changes we are making to the Journey Programme; showing you our new evaluation plan; and asking you for feedback on our new volunteer co-ordinator! It’s going to be a busy evening so pizza will also be provided, so let us know if you want to come along by emailing Daniel so we can plan accordingly!

Deep Cleaning, Repairing and Making Plans

A massive ‘thank you’ to our amazing volunteer Bothy Maintenance Committee who visited our Kinlochetive bothy last year to ‘make a plan’!
As well as lots of thinking and planning, it’s clear they also did a load of vital work, like protecting the pizza oven, cleaning, checking the mattresses, carrying out waste and removing the insulation (which was soaked in mouse pee! Nice!). Thank you! They have now prepared a detailed report and discussions have taken place with the delivery staff. A plan has now been agreed and there will be plenty of opportunities to help with the implementation!

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