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Status

We are a Registered Charity (SC031463) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (Company Number 217791).

We are a recognised school provider (H1208).

Our Registered Office is:

1a Queens Walk, Edinburgh EH16 4EA.

Health Opportunities Team is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.

Our Values, Vision, Mission, Aims, and Work Focus

Health Opportunities Team believes that:

  • Everybody should be treated with dignity and respect
  • Our world is diverse. Different individuals and different communities have different needs
  • Everybody has the right to achieve their full potential
  • We all have responsibility for our own actions
  • By working in partnership with young people, communities and practitioners, we can make a greater difference in the lives of young people

Our organisational values are underpinned by UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Our Vision

  • Our vision is for an inclusive society that:
  • Embraces and celebrates all young people
  • Enables young people to recognise and achieve their full potential and live happy, healthy lives

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide evidence-based learning and development opportunities, in a variety of settings, to improve young people’s emotional, social and sexual well-being.

We work in partnership with a wide range of individuals and organisations to develop innovative and flexible services and to promote and share best practice.

Our Aims

Health Opportunities Team has three core organisational aims:

  1. To enable young people’s voice to be heard through advocacy and youth participation

  2. To build the capacity of professionals through training, development and consultancy

  3. To deliver a variety of learning and development opportunities that are freely available for young people to access in the following environments:
  • Schools
  • Informal community settings
  • Streets
  • Drop-ins

 

Our Work Focus

Our current areas of work focus on:

  • Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Sexual Health and Well-Being

The work of Health Opportunities Team targets young people in the 12-19 age range, some of who may be experiencing various kinds of disadvantage. The Health Opportunities Team may, in some cases, work with vulnerable young people aged 10-12 and 19-25 years, although this is dependent on available resources.

Our work with young people is delivered through focused groupwork, participant–led community projects, streetwork and one-to-one support sessions. Our work with practitioners is delivered through participatory training courses, consultancy, mentoring and presentations.