Venturing Out CIC is an Adventurous Outdoor Activities provider based in the beautiful county of East Lothian, just 20 minutes East of The City of Edinburgh. We offer high quality, affordable activity experiences to all ages and abilities.
Our staff are very well qualified and very experienced ensuring you a safe, enjoyable and memorable experience. We hold an Adventurous Activities Licence. This is a legal requirement for providers of certain adventurous activities to under 18's.
Venturing Out CIC is an Approved Activities Provider (AAP) for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, allowing us to offer walking, canoeing, cycling and sea kayaking expeditions at all levels. We are also an Approved Activities Provider for The City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Borders Council.
We work in partnership with East Lothian Council's Outdoor Learning Service within our schools and the wider community.
By choosing Venturing Out CIC you can rest assured that, true to our Community Interest Statement, any surplus profits will feed directly back into our social projects. This in turn benefits those who may not normally get a chance to access the wider benefits of adventurous outdoor activity.
Antony Stone - Operations Director - Antony has been working professionally in the outdoors since 2002 but has a lifetime of outdoor experience. He was lucky to be brought up in a rural environment with acres of woodland and moorland on his doorstep. Outdoor play from a young age is likely the reason that his engineering career lasted only 10 years. The draw of the outdoors, a chance to share his passion with others and the possibility to run a lifestyle business saw Antony enrol on an intensive year-long outdoor activities course in 2001. Since then he has worked in various outdoor education centres, for local authorities and a wide range of other outdoor organisations. He set up Venturing Out in 2009 due to a lack of provision within East Lothian. Due to his desire to offer adventurous activities to all, Venturing Out was incorporated as a CIC in 2016.
Claire Mackenzie - Business Development Director - Claire is the newest addition to the Venturing Out Team. She has previously worked for RBS in various roles in the bank’s Community Investment and Community Development Banking teams. Through these role’s, Claire worked closely with, and developed a passion for the third sector. Joining Venturing Out CIC has fulfilled a career goal of both working for a third sector organisation, whilst spending lots of time outdoors! She has spent the last few years holding various voluntary positions, whilst raising her two children. These roles ranged from Director of a Skatepark, a trustee of a large Trust and until recently, has served as a Community Councillor. Claire loves the outdoors, loves to cycle, run and hill-walk and is looking forward to adding some outdoor qualifications to her experience!
Management Committee Members
Hilary Smith - Hilary is a Biology teacher by profession and has worked in East Lothian schools for many years. She believes in creating inclusive communities, where everyone can access opportunities to grow and develop and that organisations such as Venturing Out CIC are well placed to support this. She has been involved in many different community-led projects, including helping to set up and run the North Berwick Open Group for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award which, she finds fantastically rewarding. Hilary is a keen walker and likes to spend her free time discovering the many routes and ways that wind their way through Scotland. She has recently completed the Southern Upland Way and is looking forward to her next challenge.
Jo Birch - Jo is an experienced psychotherapist and executive coach. She has held a range of Board positions and was previously CEO of a charity focussed on improving community health and well-being. She believes in ethical, inclusive trading and is perfectly placed to support the areas of business strategy and development. Jo is a keen outdoor enthusiast who understands the wider health related benefits of outdoor recreation - especially for children, young people and families. She especially enjoys the freedom of sea kayaking and the excitement of mountain biking.
Heather Falconer - Heather has a passion for all things outdoors, she is a keen mountain biker and loves nothing more than taking to the hills. Heather has worked in the outdoor sector, on and off, in a trainee capacity for several years and has a keen interest in Venturing Out CIC’s social aims. Heather brings youth and buckets of enthusiasm to her role on the committee.
Associate Staff - Venturing Out use a team of associate outdoor instructional staff. All are very experienced at working with a wide range of ages and abilities and each is very well qualified for whatever activities they deliver. We select our staff based on personality, experience and of course qualification. It is our aim to give everyone who takes part in our activities a fun, safe and memorable experience that makes them want to come back for more.
VOLT - Volunteer Outdoor Learning Team
In partnership with East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service, we have a volunteer team who help with the delivery of various activities throughout the year. VOLT members can volunteer for both organisations and are a key requirement to us meeting our ambition of inclusivity. If you believe that you could be an asset to the VOLT team and would like further information please get in touch.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
'To Engage, Inspire and Empower the disadvantaged, disabled and disengaged through Adventurous Outdoor Activity'