Who are Columba 1400
Columba 1400 is a charitable social enterprise whose main purpose is to help young people from tough realities realise that they already possess the inner greatness and confidence to transform their own lives and the lives of those around them.
“Our task is not to put the greatness back into humanity but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already". John Buchan
Columba 1400 has provided a turning point in the lives of over 7,000 young people and adults who have participated in our Leadership Academies. The core of our work is with young people 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.
How do Columba 1400 support Young People?
Utilising our inspirational purpose built leadership centres in Staffin on the Isle of Skye and at Ardoch 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.
Our values of Awareness, Focus, Creativity, Integrity, Perseverance and Service that underpin all of our Leadership Academies and provide a framework within which young people can embark on their own journey of personal transformation and leadership development.
Our Leadership Academies give young people and the key adults in their lives a safe space in which they can discover their true potential in life, work and community.
"Columba 1400 has made me realise instead of taking from society it's what you put in that makes a difference."
Young person, attended Columba 1400 age 15, now age 23
Recent external evaluation conducted by the Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) of University of Glasgow in 2015, resulted in Professor Alan McGregor’s stating that
"Columba 1400 is doing something new...
Scotland and the world needs more of Columba 1400"
91% of young people said that their aspirations for their life were high or very high after taking part in their Columba 1400 Leadership Academy.
82% rated their self-esteem as high or very high after completing their Columba 1400 Leadership Academy.
How we are funded
As a charity and social enterprise, Columba 1400 is dependent on donations, contributions from partner organisations and income generated in our social enterprise café.
For every £1 invested in Columba 1400, 95p goes on charitable activities.