Columba 1400 is an award-winning charitable social enterprise based in Scotland. The purpose of the organisation is to help 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 living in poverty, young carers, young people who live or have lived in local authority care, those struggling to engage with school and those at risk of not reaching a positive destination.
We provide young people 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 Leadership Academies 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 over 7,500 young people and adults who have participated in our Leadership Academies since 2000, Columba 1400 has provided a turning point in their lives. Our values of Awareness, Focus, Creativity, Integrity, Perseverance and Service underpin all our Leadership Academies and provide a framework within which young people can embark on their own journey of personal transformation enabling them to discover their true potential in life, work and community.