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Our Mission

Thriving Through Venture provides volunteer programmes for young people in the UK, that stimulate a positive mindset, and that develop transferable practical and vocational skills, alongside supporting local communities as well as other communities in developing countries.


Thriving Through Venture has three distinct objectives

  • To provide Thriving Through Venture well-being volunteer programmes for young people, that in particular provide a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose which are critical for good mental health wellbeing.
  • To conduct formal academic research that informs ways of improving the lives of young people, and the type of support to help young people find their chosen place in their adult world.
  • To roll out the programme model to other UK communities, using the link between them and their linked international communities.

Core Values:

Thriving Through Venture's core values are:

  • Having a sense of purpose and a sense of belonging/connectedness is core to good mental wellbeing
  • Interest in one another to help each individual realise their own potential is part of the above
  • Mental wellbeing is nurtured through both practical experiences and connectedness with others
  • Interest and value for the economic wellbeing and the mental wellbeing of communities both locally and more further afield, come from equal opportunities, collaboration and education.

Project Evaluation:

Each year’s programme is formally evaluated in terms of the impact it has on:

  • The participant’s resilience and well being using both quantitative measures and qualitative data
  • The Gunjur Community
  • The individuals involved in the local UK communities, using qualitative data

Participants from each year’s programme are encouraged to be involved in subsequent year’s programmes, e.g. mentoring and local volunteering. They will be offered membership to ‘Thriving Through Venture’ in order to maintain longer-term contact and follow up.

We work with UK Government, Health Services and other voluntary organisations to explore how we can expand the delivery of this type of programme, to contribute to addressing the challenges facing our young people as they find their place in the world

Thriving Through Venture values collaboration and the huge contribution that partners and interested parties can make, to make our programme it's very best. We therefore work and consult with organisations, groups, individuals, both in the UK and in The Gambia

Our Programme

The Thriving Through Venture Identities and Communities Programme supports the development of identity on a personal, local and global level. The Programme encourages participants to consider their identity and in particular seek to provide a sense of connectedness with their local community and the wider world.

The Identities and Communities Programme is delivered through a series of three residential weekends and a 2-week residential project in The Gambia, West Africa.

During the residential weekends and the residential project, the participants will investigate self-image through photography workshops; they will also study music and the impact it has on shaping communities through drumming workshops.

The third tier to the Programme’s structure is a research topic, chosen specifically by the participants, looking at local action on global issues, with the possibility of the opportunity to present their findings to Parliamentary Groups and Governmental Committees up at the House of Commons. Historically participants have looked at agriculture and mango production, and migration and passage of young Gambians over to Europe.

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