Wide Horizons

From exclusion to ambition, through enterprising ideas

Working with local partners to bring together and support young people facing exclusion, each Wide Horizons programme finds learners' own 'starting points', and explores new skills, deep values and personal qualities through social entrepreneurship.

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Wide Horizons, North West Highlands

Young people with diverse issues have engaged with this enterprise focused programme. Criminality, unemployment, drug and alcohol misuse have led to many of these young people being written off by their communities.

We use practical activities and challenges, often in the outdoors or using drama. We always visit a social enterprise and get stuck in to the work they do for a day.

One learner was very shy and wouldn't really speak much at first. By the end of the 12 day programme she had gained enough confidence to pitch her social enterprise idea to a panel of prominent people, including Lord Thurso, Member of a Treasury Select Committee at Westminster. She impressed to such an extent that she was awarded a Royal Bank of Scotland grant via the Academy and is now working her way to getting her social enterprise off the ground.

Another young person epitomised the transformation of many participants in his passionate presentation of his recycling social enterprise idea, where "everyone and everything deserves a second chance".