Gift in your will

Your legacy can bring hope to vulnerable young people in Scotland

Did you know that incredible individuals who remember their charity in their Wills give over £3bn to UK charities each year? These gifts create long-term stability, support and enable innovative projects possible so please consider Venture Scotland when you write or update your Will.

Since 1987, we have used the power of the outdoors to ignite self-worth in young people and give them hope for the future.

Talking about difficult things is somewhat of a specialty for Venture Scotland; we offer our young people a safe space to explore their mental health, challenging relationships or their feelings about themselves. Our supporters are no exception, we know that talking about or thinking about the time that we are no longer here can be difficult to do, and we are here to support you through the process, if you would like to talk about it or ask any questions beforehand.

We want anyone who is considering leaving a gift in their will to Venture Scotland to know that your support in this way would leave a lasting legacy for young people in Scotland, having a direct impact on the lives of young people and enabling Venture Scotland staff, present and future to continue our life changing work.

Your friends and family will naturally be first in your thoughts when making a Will, but many people take the opportunity to leave a gift to a charity they have supported through their lifetime, or that has had a personal impact on them or a member of their family. 

Your legacy would ensure that we support vulnerable young people, when they most need it, to have hope for the future and confidence to thrive.

Our legacy promise to you

When you leave a gift to Venture Scotland in your Will, we promise:

  • We’ll answer any questions sensitively, honestly and quickly.
  • Your loved ones come first – we respect that.
  • We’ll use your gift wisely and effectively.
  • If you want your gift to be spent in an area that’s special to you, we can arrange that.
  • We won’t put you under any pressure – we know this is a big decision.
  • You can change your mind at any time.

First steps when making a will

Making things easy for the ones we love is always a priority. When someone dies without a Will, it can create many problems for those left behind, at an already difficult time. It often means long costly delays in administering your affairs. Your Will can help to make sure your wishes are carried out smoothly, it can also be a good idea to talk to your loved ones about your wishes so that they know how much it means to you to have your Will realised.

Here are some tips to help you make your Will:

  • Make a list – write down who you’d like to include in your will, such as family, friends and any charities, too.
  • Visit a solicitor – It’s easy to leave a gift in your Will, as well as to update an existing Will. It’s best to visit a solicitor, to make sure your wishes for your family and any charities can’t be misunderstood later on. Many solicitors offer a free simple Will-writing service.
  • Think about how much you’d like to give – You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy. Anyone can leave a gift in their Will, no matter how small or large, it will make a difference to the lives of young people that we support. A gift like this is often the biggest gift that a person can ever give to an organisation that they value, these gifts are often one of the best ways to make a lasting impact.

Types of gift

There are three main ways you can leave a gift in your Will:

  • Pecuniary gifts are specified sums of money. If you would like a gift of money to keep its value over the years, it is a sensible idea to ask your solicitor to index-link it.
  • Residuary gifts are made from whatever is left over once gifts of money and specific items have been distributed. You can give the whole of the ‘residue’ to a person or a charity like Venture Scotland, or a portion of it. 
  • Specific gifts are things, such as a painting, a house or a ring.

Your solicitor will be able to explain this in more detail.


You can find out more about making a Will on the UK Government’s website:

Our address and charity number

Leaving a gift in your Will to Venture Scotland is easy. Just provide your solicitor, or Will-writing service with our full name, address and registered charity number as follows:

Venture Scotland, 4 Norton Park, Edinburgh, EH7 5RS
Registered Scottish Charity Number: SC013901

Get in touch

If you’ve chosen to support Venture Scotland in your Will you don’t have to tell us about it, but we would love to know! By doing so it lets us thank you properly and share more about how you’re helping to give more hope to young people in Scotland.


If you’d like to talk to us about a legacy, please email or call 07956 158 281 and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.