13 December 2016

Celebrating successes at the recent Venture Scotland AGM

Trustees, staff and volunteers were delighted to hear at the charity’s Annual General Meeting that 2015/16 had been a successful year with income now in line with expenditure after a tricky couple of years previously. This is largely due to support form a number of Trusts, Foundaions and the Big Lottery for which we are hugely grateful. This now puts Venture Scotland in a strong position to offer our outdoor-based personal delelopment programme to even more young people who face complex and difficult problems.

We were sad to see Stuart Marsden our outgoing Chair of Trustees leaving the board after 8 years of service along with Jenny McDonald who retired from the board after 3 years supporting the charity. We are hugely grateful for the support they have given to Venture Scotland.

We are delighted that Judith MacKinnon, who is Head of HR and Governance for the Scottish Police Authority in her day job, will be stepping into Stuart’s shoes as Chair. Following a recruitment drive earlier in the year we are thrilled to welcome Evelyn Simpson, Jonathan Heggie, Stephen Doherty and Isobel Freeman to our board. Read more about all our board members here.

Since the start of this year we have set new records for Venture Scotland including:

  • A record 115 individual young people have experienced between 5-7 hours of TASTER activities 
  • 71 completed the Challenge module – that’s up from 33 last year – in other words 115% more 
  • 44 young people continued to the Adventure stage – up from 28 last year – that is 57% more 
  • Already we have 25 young people into jobs, education & training – this does not include those that went on to become volunteers - if we treat these young people as having graduated (because our main objective is to get these outcomes) – potentially we have up 69 young people graduating this year – that’s over 3 times as many as last year 
  • 8 young people have already achieved standard grade level YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS and there are many more in the pipeline. This is the highest level of qualification we have ever delivered and we have plans to get young people as high as HNC level next year.

In 2016 we’ve also had award winning volunteers at the Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Awards Congratulations to Nicola Jaimeson on her individual award and to Cabbage on his award in the special catagory 'Environment and Conservation Volunteering 2016.

And we won S1 Jobs Charity Employer of the Year!!

Tam Hendry, Chief Executive at Venture Scotland thanked all the trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters and looked forward to 2017 and beyond: ‘Venture Scotland is now in a strong position to offer our amazing programme to even more young people. We will look to grow our existing projects in Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as branching out into new areas in Scotland giving young people the opportunity to find skills and build self-confidence to make a lasting change to their lives.’

With huge thanks to Pinsent Masons LLP for their hospitality on the night.

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