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
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
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
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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.
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