The Positive Futures is a programme run by Venture Trust charity and funded by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). It provides support to ex-Service men and women from across Scotland who are struggling with the transition to civilian life, lacking in focus, motivation or direction. Centred around a 5-day wilderness journey, the scheme utilises outdoor activity as a learning environment for personal development, and a catalyst for change, allowing participants to use skills acquired within the military and redeploy them into a civilian environment.
The programme helps participants to negotiate barriers, gain some control of the situations in which they might find themselves, and to work towards achieving their personal goals. These could be finding a home, rebuilding broken relationships; working towards living a healthy, safe and stable life; retraining or applying for a job; or utilising their skills through volunteering.