Venture Mòr is the newly established social enterprise wholly owned by parent charity, Venture Trust. The organisation comprises: an outdoor activity company providing adventure holidays across the Highlands; a large hub in the form of Hartfield House hostel in Applecross, and; a pledge to provide a springboard into the world of work for disadvantaged young adults.
We aim to create adventure holidays throughout the Highlands, ranging from a taster to the outdoors, to expedition planning. Our staff have a wealth of experience in providing adventurous activity through Venture Trust and this is a great platform on which to move Venture Mòr into the adventure tourism market.
As a social enterprise, we support the essential work being undertaken by Venture Trust. The charity helps people experiencing disadvantage to get back on their feet. It does this through personal development and employability training delivered in communities, and the wilderness of Scotland. Our income at Venture Mòr goes towards funding more places for people to make and sustain positive changes in their lives and aid those most in need to become self-sufficient.
So, when you book your holiday, your expedition, your yoga retreat or your accommodation with us, you are giving your support to a very worthwhile charity that has the outdoors at its very heart. To learn more about Venture Trust, please visit the website www.venturetrust.org.uk
Mike is Head of Operations at Venture Mòr. He has joined us from the Prince's Trust, prior to that Mike worked for Fairbridge which was a sister charity to Venture Trust. Mike has 19 years working in the field, at sea and managing teams delivering personal development programmes for disadvantaged groups and individuals who need belief and a positive intervention to regain control of their lives.
Andy has been working in the outdoor industry for over ten years. His career began in the Lake District where he graduated with a degree in outdoor leadership. Since then he has worked for some of the most well-known organisations in the outdoor adventure industry.
He has appreciated the opportunity to have some of his own adventures in Canada, the Alps, Morocco and New Zealand to name a few. These experiences have given Andy the knowledge, passion and professionalism that you will experience on his trips. He holds both MTLUK summer and winter mountain leader qualifications, single pitch climbing instructor award and is a BCU level 2 coach in kayaking and canoeing. Andy is also a registered and qualified counsellor with the BACAP and has a deep interest in the practice of wilderness therapy.
Jess has been with Venture Mòr for almost three years. Prior to that she was Project Manager of the Applecross Landscape Partnership scheme after moving to Scotland from Devon. Jess spent four years at the Dartmoor Partnership, working to build the business through marketing, PR and partnership development.
Away from work, Jess is passionate about the outdoors and spends a great deal of her time running, biking and kayaking. Jess ran the London Marathon and Edinburgh Half Marathon, the Loch Ness Marathon and the OMM for Venture Trust in 2015/6, and she plans to do further fundraising in 2017.
Venture Mòr recognised that for many young unemployed people, a job in adventure tourism and hospitality could be the pathway to a more positive future. Venture Mòr recruits, trains and supports young people to learn new skills, grow in confidence and flourish in the workplace. Our goal is that these young trainees can move on to become great employees and colleagues in other organisations or go to college to continue their training.
Together we share the belief that everyone, whatever their circumstances, can be supported to make and sustain positive changes in their lives.