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 Queen’s 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 the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- 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 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.
Health Opportunities Team has three core organisational aims:
- To enable young people’s voice to be heard through advocacy and youth participation
- To build the capacity of professionals through training, development and consultancy
- To deliver a variety of learning and development opportunities that are freely available for young people to access in the following environments:
- Informal community settings
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 group work, 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.