Columba 1400 is an award-winning charitable social enterprise based in Scotland. The purpose of the organisation is to help disadvantaged and vulnerable young people realise that they already possess the inner greatness and confidence to transform their own lives and those around them.
The core of our work is with young people from tough realities, who have already experienced significant challenges in their lives, such as being in care, leaving care, poverty, homelessness, addiction or exclusion. We provide our programme participants with a safe space in which they can discover their own values and how these can help them make more positive personal career and life choices.
Utilising our inspirational custom built leadership centres in Staffin on the Isle of Skye and at Ardoch on the banks of Loch Lomond our programmes have been described by our young graduates as an “inward bound” experience offering them an opportunity to reflect on themselves and learn from others.
For the almost 7,000 young people and adults who have participated in our programmes since 2000, Columba 1400 has provided a turning point in their lives. Our values of Awareness, Focus, Creativity, Integrity, Perseverance and Service which underpin all our programmes provided a framework within which the young people can embark on their own journey of personal transformation and leadership development.