"The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure."
Venture Mòr is leading the way in wilderness therapy for young people struggling to find their place in life.
In 2015, 58,000 young people were prescribed anti-depressants*. This is ever increasing, along with an even greater number of parents that are struggling to access appropriate psychological help for their child. Anti-depressants and other prescription drugs used to treat depression, ADHD, mental health issues and anxiety can be initially helpful. But for many families, medication alone is not proving to be the answer.
Many parents have also tried traditional therapeutic support such as counselling, psychotherapy, CBT, and CAMHS for their child but have not been able to make the changes they were hoping for.
There is an alternative form of support for troubled young people. Something that is proving to have long-term sustainable benefit: wilderness therapy. A progressive, developmental and therapeutic programme, balancing activity and reflection, wilderness therapy can reach a young person in ways that are long-lasting and life changing.
Venture Mòr has pioneered this approach here in the United Kingdom. Through wilderness therapy, participants develop awareness and insight that will help them when faced with difficult situations after returning home.
We run intensive wilderness therapy programmes in the wild spaces of Scotland with highly qualified, experienced professionals. The current programmes are available for young people aged between 14 and 18 years, struggling with emotional challenges. Click here to read more about our wilderness therapy programme.
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Venture Mòr's wilderness therapy programme is celebrating its one year anniversary.
We are a social enterprise wholly owned by the charity, Venture Trust and therefore operate entirely not-for-profit.
With decades of experience delivering personal development programmes in the wild places of Scotland for Venture Trust, we strode into new territory and launched our intense wilderness therapy programme in the spring of 2017.
The programme combines high quality therapy from qualified, registered professionals within our highly effective and well established frame of outdoor activity and community living during wilderness journeys through the Scottish Highlands. Shared tasks and travelling through the hills and valleys of this spectacular landscape coupled with psycho-education and experiential learning opportunities form a compelling environment for personal growth and exploration.
One year on and we have just run our thrid successful programme establishing Venture Mòr as the UK’s leading wilderness therapy programme for young people (aged between 14-18 years) struggling with emotions and life-circumstances.
Read about the latest programme journey on our blog: Easter in the Wilderness
Venture Mor has launched an intensive wilderness therapy programme aimed at 14 - 18 year olds from across the UK, struggling with challenges of transition to adulthood.
Venture Mor’s first two Wilderness Therapy programmes took place earlier in the year, each running for three weeks, and located in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Designed specifically for troubled young people, possibly having difficulties at school, coming into conflict with the authorities, developing negative friendships, or involved in the criminal justice system, the wilderness therapy programme provides breathing space and support in a peaceful and safe environment.
With guidance throughout from an experienced therapist and outdoor instructors, our young participants are encouraged to work through themes of attachment, resilience, dealing with challenge, preparing for transitions and independence. Over the three weeks in the wilderness, away from negative influence, peer pressure, and technology, the young people are given the opportunity to flourish, to make positive and long lasting positive changes.
For parents, family members and friends at their wit's end. For those who have tried everything to help someone they love with no success. For those young people who seem to be heading down a path of destruction. For those that feel life is overwhelming, confusing and out of control. Wilderness therapy might just be the answer.
Our next programme will run from 24 March through to 14 April 2018. For more information, please visit our Wilderness Therapy section, call us on 0845 340 2059, or email email@example.com
Could you help us achieve more? We are looking for individuals who are dynamic, with capacity to contribute, and willing to share their expertise. We are keen to attract influencers to our board, who are also able to engage their network to broaden and deepen support for Venture Mòr.
We would be particularly interested in hearing from people with experience and expertise in the following sectors:
In return, we offer a comprehensive induction programme, including support from the Head of Operations, and an opportunity to be part of a forward thinking, committed and impactful team working to support Venture Trust to help people transform their lives.
Location: Meetings usually held in Edinburgh
Closing date: Monday 25 September 2017, please provide a CV and short personal statement to Nicola Clark, Employability and HR Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview date: It is anticipated that informal discussions will be held on w/c 16 October 2017, followed by an opportunity to attend and observe a Board meeting in November.
Salary: The positions are voluntary, however reasonable travel expenses are met.
Venture Mor has launched an intensive wilderness therapy programme aimed at young adults from across the UK, struggling with challenges of transition to adulthood.
Venture Mor’s first Wilderness Therapy programme in March and the journey for both the young people and the organisation was a success. The participants worked through themes of attachment, resilience, dealing with challenge, preparing for transitions and independence.
After the successful launch of the inaugural journey, another group of teens is now out in the wilderness working with professional therapists and guides. Future programmes are already attracting interest from parents and family members of young adults who have tried traditional therapeutic support but have not been able to make the changes they were hoping for.
Read the full blog post about the Wilderness Therapy programme here.
The next programme is scheduled for 24 March – 14 April 2018. Talk to us about what Wilderness Therapy can do for your family.
Call on 0845 340 2059 or email email@example.com
For more information visit: http://venturemor.co.uk/wilderness-therapy-scotland-uk.php
Hartfield House, Applecross, IV54 8ND
Casual worker contract – £8.45 per hour, plus holiday pay
Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.
Venture Trust’s social enterprise, Venture Mòr, operates an Affiliate Youth Hostel, Hartfield House on the Applecross peninsula and also offers adventure holidays and activities plus corporate team building and wilderness experiences across Scotland. Essential to the effective operation of our Hostel is a bank of experienced and hardworking casual worker staff, to who we can offer work to meet business requirements. As a casual worker with Venture Trust hours offered and worked may differ week to week, and particularly in response to high season; this is a great opportunity for you if you’re looking to work around existing commitments or bolster your current income levels.
We’re currently looking to increase our bank of casual workers at Hartfield House, in the Housekeeping Assistant role. Our Housekeeping Assistants are responsible for ensuring a high standard of cleanliness throughout the Hostel, including bedrooms, washrooms and public areas; as such, high attention to detail and previous experience of general domestic work are essential.
Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment, and follows an equal opportunities policy. As such, you will be asked to complete an equal opportunities form.
If you would like to be considered as a casual worker at Hartfield House, please write to Henry Robertson (firstname.lastname@example.org) outlining your previous experience, which role you’re interested in, and providing a note of two referees we can contact.
Lake District Trek Highlights:
The challenge has been created to be accessible for both sighted and people with sight loss, including those with guide dogs. What could be more inspiring than getting your boots on for Beacon?!
Venture Mòr is a social enterprise run by the charity, Venture Trust. By booking onto a wilderness therapy programme you are making a donation to the valuable work of the Venture Trust. As a charity it works with disadvantaged people at the margins of society, supporting them through outdoor adventure, to move towards a more positive future. To find out more and to meet the team, visit the About Us or visit www.venturetrust.org.uk