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Edinburgh charity, Venture Trust, signs Scotland’s second Sustainable Growth Agreement

1 June 2017 

A second Sustainable Growth Agreement has been signed today (Thursday, 25 May) between SEPA and  Venture Trust at its National Participation Centre in Stirling, in a further commitment to helping create environmental success, which also delivers social and economic benefits for Scotland.


Sustainable Growth Agreements (SGA) are voluntary, formal agreements with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA); they focus on practical actions and collaboration to deliver environmental outcomes, which also create social and economic benefits. They are a core component of the delivery of SEPA's Regulatory Strategy, One Planet Prosperity.


The commitments in the SGA with Venture Trust will help to develop new ways of working collaboratively with SEPA, to provide support for people in society who are marginalised, vulnerable and living chaotic lifestyles. Through a number of empowering initiatives, including opportunities to experience work and move towards employment, the goal is to break a cycle of disadvantage.


In the longer term, the SGA aims to instil a strong connection with the health and well-being benefits of a robust environment by developing bespoke programmes with SEPA, and potentially other partners, with the aim of delivering a strong focus on environmental outcomes.


Today's launch event included short speeches from SEPA's Chief Executive, Terry A'Hearn and Venture Trust's Chief Executive Officer, Amelia Morgan, stressing the importance of working in partnership to generate multiple benefits, contributing to Scotland's socio-economic and environmental prospects.


Terry A'Hearn, said:


"In the 21st century we are faced with a world dominated by problems which affect each and every one of us, but we also recognise that our environment underpins our social and economic success. So we need to find ways to create environmental success in ways which also deliver social and economic benefits. This Sustainable Growth Agreement with Venture Trust is a great example of how SEPA can bring environment, society and economy together to create real and lasting benefits for the people of Scotland."


Amelia Morgan, said:


"We are delighted to be working with SEPA; the Sustainable Growth Agreement will enable us to partner with other like-minded organisations that can offer a wealth of benefit to those people that we support through our personal development programmes. This is a significant step in collaboration, to provide employment, training and volunteering opportunities for those who, through difficult life circumstances, find themselves in chaotic and vulnerable situations. Combining social and environmental objectives in order to provide benefit and opportunity for those who need it most, is something we are eager to embark upon. We look forward to getting started on this exciting venture!"


The full SGA document signed by SEPA and Venture Trust, is available on the Better Environmental Regulation page of the SEPA website, alongside a guiding principles document outlining the broader aims of SGAs. 


Images from today's event can be requested by emailing publicrelations@sepa.org.uk.

About Venture Trust

Venture Trust believes that people have the ability to make positive changes in their lives for a more productive future.  Venture Trust supports over 1,000 people a year who are struggling with complicated life circumstances such as being 'looked after' by Local Authorities, involvement in offending, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, caring responsibilities and other complications in their lives.  These situations are often compounded by lack of access to services or low educational achievement, leaving them isolated, marginalised or in poverty.  Venture Trust offers a three-phase personal and social development programme, working in communities across Scotland. The programme involves an intensive wilderness-based element, mentoring, and employability support which aims to help people unlock their potential. This may be better communication skills, consequential thinking and building positive relationships with others, growing in confidence and self-esteem, or moving towards education, training and employment.  For more information, please visit www.venturetrust.org.uk.


Contact Jess Whistance on 07748 635 869 or email jessica@venturetrust.org.uk


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