I had already tried Venture Scotland over a year ago; I had been in for an informal interview and was all ready to go. However I found the idea of joining a new group of people rather scary and decided not to go.
Venture Scotland provides opportunities for young people, many low in confidence and hope, to get involved in outdoor activities like rock climbing, canoeing and trekking. These activities build confidence and help people to develop the social and communication skills that come from being part of a group.
After gentle encouragement from the staff team, I was persuaded to give it another try – and I am delighted that I did.
I have been on team building days, canoeing and a three day stay in the Scottish Borders in a bothy. I loved every minute, gained my first level SCVF qualification, and can’t wait to get further involved.
I received extremely positive feedback from Jo, my team leader. She was very impressed with my teamwork, leadership and motivational skills and my potential for the future. I will also receive help in developing a CV, and job interview skills and get general support and encouragement to access paid employment; getting a job is one of my main dreams.
Venture Scotland can potentially have a huge positive impact on my life.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained!