New Programmes!

Are you, or someone you know, aged 16-30, living in the City of Edinburgh or North Lanarkshire, and keen to make some positive changes? There are new opportunities to join our free personal development programme! 

Contact Louisa in Edinburgh at for more info or to refer a young person at any time OR Kat in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire at 

What do we do?

If you are aged 16 to 30, then Venture Scotland is offering you a free, progressive, four-stage personal development course, up to twelve months long, that will help you improve your physical, mental, and emotional well-being and achieve lasting change.

Our programme provides

  • A non-judgemental safe space and 1:1 support
  • Fun, challenges, and outdoor activities
  • Access to nature and wilderness
  • A deeper understanding of your emotions and mental health
  • A fresh perspective on your life


I feel like the whole experience is going to change my life. I've been through so much sh*t recently - it's made me feel like it's worth being alive. I wanted to die two months ago.
Venture Scotland made me want my future again, made me want to look after myself more, and gave me the skills to do that.
Venture Scotland provided me with a safe space that was invaluable, a place devoid of judgement. I felt free to be myself unapologetically and let my guard down. VS has been a source of unwavering support and stability and I can’t begin to express what a massive difference this has made to my life.
The Glen Etive bothy, where we went for three-day and five-day trips, was a place of refuge for me. I can call on the memory of it to soothe myself in difficult times.
Venture Scotland changed my outlook on life. I’m a very different person now. I can look ahead and see a future for myself. I don’t see it from the dark side anymore. I always try to find a positive.
I have learned what it feels like to be on the other side of an interview panel and gained insight into the skills it takes to make an interview success. It has made me realise how far I've come in terms of social anxiety.
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The journey Programme outline



Step outside your comfort zone to learn to believe in yourself and trust in others.



Understand who you really are, your emotions and how to build positive relationships.



To take the skills you have learned and embed them into your life.



Learn, plan, and drive change

Overall outcomes

Increase your self awareness

You will focus on your thoughts, emotions and behaviours.

Improve your social awareness

You will get to know your group and your community better.

Increase your chance of a positive future

You will feel confident to move into a job, further education or volunteering.