The new reality of reduced social contact, self-isolation and disruption of services has had a disproportionate effect on people who were already struggling with complex life circumstances.
In response we literally turned our services outside – in, moving from group-based personal development in Scotland’s wilderness and outdoors in communities to working with smart technology to reach those who need help most in their own homes. Our support service moved online, with all Venture Trust outreach and development staff providing tailored support by phone or digital platforms.
Now with the easing of lockdown, we have resumed face to face work with participants. This will be one to one only and outdoors observing social distancing. We will meet participants in public greenspaces local to them. Initially the number of participants staff can meet will be limited but we have ensured all those who want and need physical meetings will get it. Our well-established digital support will still be running alongside in this blended model.
Every person seeking support will have a dedicated worker – a trusted professional, with expertise in personal development and coaching. They are there to listen, provide support and connect through social distanced physical meetings and from specialist advice in our 3 Digital Hubs – for active living, improved wellbeing and employability. We’re here to help now and as we recover.
Active Living Hub...
Offer people personal development to maintain positive relationships, activities to build routine and stay healthy. This will include advice for keeping active and healthy eating.
Our digital Active Living Hub will offer people personal development to maintain positive relationships, activities to build routine and stay healthy. This includes advice for keeping active and healthy eating.
During these challenging times it is important to remember everyone will face emotions such as feeling bored, frustrated or lonely. As well as low, worried or anxious, or concerned about finances, health or those close to you. But at Venture Trust we are working with smart technology to reach those who need help most in their own homes. Our new support service is online, with all Venture Trust support staff providing tailored support by phone or digital platforms.
Through the Hub people will have access to:
- One-to-one conversations focused on active living during the challenging coronavirus times
- Virtual group sessions
- Tips and resources on the Venture Trust website and social media channels
We can help with:
Planning practical things...
How people can get any household supplies they need.
Continue accessing treatment and support for any existing physical or mental health issues where possible.
Staying connected with others...
How people can stay in touch with friends, family and support workers while they are all staying at home – by phone, messaging, video calls or social media.
Keeping a healthy body...
Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly.**
**People can leave their house, alone or with members of your household, for 1 form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make sure to keep a safe 2-metre distance from others.
Thinking about new daily routines
Life has changed for a while and people are likely to see some disruption to their normal routine. Our staff can help write daily or weekly plans.
Make a referral...
Please see http://www.venturetrust.org.uk/be-well-be-connected-be-ready/referral-information.