A programme for Veterans – centred on the Scottish wilderness – has made significant improvement to participants’ lives while also being cost-effective and high value for money, new research has highlighted…

The programme has delivered overall benefit impacts to society in the region of £2.6m to £4m; for every £1 spent, £4.56 of societal benefit impact has been generated.

Venture Trust’s Positive Futures Model is a combination of cognitive behavioural approaches, experiential learning, skilled facilitation, relationship building, coaching, mentoring and aftercare. It is delivered through a three-phased programme in the community and in the wilds of Scotland.

Positive Futures has been independently evaluated by GAP Communications for the past three years. During that time Venture Trust has supported 90 veterans and the programme has the potential to support hundreds more in the coming years.

Some of the key research findings from GAP Communications’ evaluation include:

  • 0% of ex-Service personnel who participated in Positive Futures have re-offended following the programme
  • 43% of participants have since entered into employment, education or training
  • Over a third (34%) of participants who were homeless or in insecure accommodation are now sustaining their own tenancy
  • Improved mental health for participants has led to more openness with family members and calmer, happier households
  • The overall benefit impact to society through a) reduction in interactions with state services (reduced costs) and b) moving into the workplace (tax gains) or volunteering is calculated to be over £2m. The average benefit impact is over £45k per person
  • The programme has delivered overall benefit impacts to society in the region of £2.6m to £4m; for every £1 spent, £4.56 of societal benefit impact has been generated
  • The model, if replicated, would work with veterans needing support in other parts of the UK

Referrers have said the service appeals to ex-servicemen and women who refuse to engage with therapeutic programmes but who will engage with an outdoors programme.

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