Venture Trust works with individuals in vulnerable, chaotic, and challenging life circumstances, however they got there. This includes those young offenders, women caught up in the criminal justice system, disadvantaged young people and those with an experience of care, military veterans and those who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation.

Every year we support over 350 young people and adults to take part in a personal development journey which includes a wilderness journey of 5-10 days in the Scottish outdoors and one-to-one support in their local communities.

We help individuals recognise what they need to change and support them to develop the strategies they need to succeed for the rest of their lives. Through time, space, and intensive support over a sustained period, they gain the confidence, motivation and life skills they need to make those changes.

Did you know...

Venture Trust supports individuals aged 16-64 throughout Scotland in 29 of the 32 Local Authority areas, and partners with over 200 organisations including other charities, social work, courts, and social housing providers to identify individuals who would benefit from our programmes.

We have office hubs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling – home to our National Participant Centre from which all our wilderness journeys leave and return to.

Venture Trust also runs a social enterprise, Venture Mòr, which supports our charitable work. It includes a youth hostel on the North Coast 500 route, in the stunning, remote location of Applecross, Wester Ross.

What makes Venture Trust different

We believe that everyone – whatever their circumstances – can make and sustain positive life changes. Those we support are often described as ‘hardest to help’, with complex lives, but they all have one thing in common: a commitment to changing their lives for the better.

Other ways to support

Our participants push themselves out of their comfort zone to develop themselves. So could you! Look at our list of challenge events you could take part in to support Venture Trust.

If you’re planning a holiday in Scotland, check out Hartfield House, part of Venture Trust’s social enterprise. Book accommodation at Hartfield House and you will be directly contributing to Venture Trust’s work. Hartfield House also makes a unique venue for weddings and other gatherings, and can be booked for exclusive use.

We welcome volunteers, particularly to support some of the charity’s office functions, including fundraising. Past volunteers have given their time to write funding applications, comms and marketing, research, and community fundraising activities. Check for opportunities on our volunteer page or contact us directly on to talk about how you might get involved.


Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street
EH14 7EJ

Contact Number

0131 228 7700