What is the Drop-in?
The Health Opportunities Team runs three health drop-ins every week*, for young people aged 12 – 25 years old. They are based at Portobello, Gilmerton, and Craigmillar.
At the drop-ins, staff provide a safe space for young people to gain information and advice about all aspects of their well-being, particularly their emotional and sexual health.
*HOT is working towards opening our drop-ins again and will update this space as soon as possible. In the meantime you can join our webchat using the chat box below at the times our drop-ins would usually run’
What to expect
Young people can expect to find staff that are trained to help them explore any questions or concerns they may have about their well-being. Young people can also expect to be treated with friendliness, warmth and without judgement when they come along to drop-ins.
All drop-ins have two spaces;
- waiting space where staff are available to engage with young people, and where there is a range of leaflets and other resources.
- space where young people can be seen on a 1:1 basis. Drop-ins are confidential, meaning we don’t share any information with anyone else unless we feel concerned that a young person is at risk of harm.
Drop-ins are open at the following times and venues:
Craigmillar: Health Opportunities Team,
1a Queen’s Walk on Thursdays 3:45 – 6pm
Gilmerton: Gilmerton Community Centre,
4 Drum Street on Wednesdays 6:30 – 8pm
Portobello: Portobello Library,
14 Rosefield Avenue on Wednesday 4 – 7pm
When the Drop-ins are closed
c:card, Emergency Contraception, Support or Advice
You can access services online, through your GP or at Chalmers Sexual Health Centre in Edinburgh.
You can also email us:
Chalmers Sexual Health Centre
2a Chalmers Street, EH3 9ES
Tel: 0131 536 1070
Young People’s Drop-in at Chalmers (for 13-18 year olds)
Monday to Thursday 3.30pm to 7pm
Friday 1pm to 3.30pm
Visit www.ccard.org.uk to find your nearest c:card point
Visit www.healthyrespect.co.uk for your nearest Healthy Respect Young People’s Drop-in and sexual health and relationship information.