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HOT Funding Cuts

You may have heard that HOT has not been recommended for Council funding. 

This means that after June 2020 we will not be able to provide our community health drop-ins, our education and specialist education programmes and our therapeutic group and 1-1 services.  We are very worried about what this means for our local schools and communities and what it means for over 3,000 who use our services each year.

The Chair of our Board and our Managing Director went to give a deputation at the Education, Children and Families Committee meeting, along with lots of other agencies who also have not been recommended for funding.  The Committee decided to collect more information about how the funding recommendations were made and to see how funding has been split across the City.  The areas where we work did not get as much as other areas and this does not seem fair, especially as there is so much need for the services we offer. 

We want to reassure you that our ‘Substance Use’ Projects in South East and South West Edinburgh, our ‘Feel Good’ physical activity groups, our ‘Nae Worries’ anxiety groups and our services for Edinburgh Young Carer’s and Edinburgh College should not be affected.  We will do everything we can to make sure these services continue as planned.

HOT is working to find solutions and we are putting plans in place to look at our agency structure to make sure it is the best it can be.  We are looking at ways we can cut our costs and we are looking at increasing our Income Generation programmes.  You may have heard recently that we planned to move to an amazing new building in Craigmillar.  We are working hard to see if this is still possible and we will let you know any updates as soon as we can.

Our Board and our Team are working to try and find future funding to continue our excellent services for young people. 

If you would like to help us you there are three things you can do:

  1. You can complete our very short questionnaire to say what you think the impact will be on communities and on young people if our services are cut –

  1. You can donate to support our work by visiting our Justgiving page– every penny makes a difference and is used to continue our work with young people.
  1. You can spread the word, share our posts, share the link to our Justgiving page and our questionnaire and you can contact your local Councillor, MP or MSP to tell them what you think about the cuts to our funding.
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Why your help is vital to our work

We use every penny of your donation to deliver
services for young people.
We are careful with the money raised and always try to use it wisely.

Health Opportunities Team is a charity, and without the valuable support of funders and donors, we would not be able to provide our services to vulnerable young people in Edinburgh.  It can be tough growing up, especially if you live in poverty or if you experience trauma. 

Our evaluation (see ‘The Impact of our work’  shows that the work we do can make a big difference in reducing young peoples’ distress, increasing their confidence and self-esteem and can help them to make positive changes in their lives.

What Your Donation Pays For

With your help, we can develop new services and can meet the demand for our therapeutic mental/emotional/sexual health services for the most vulnerable young people.

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We rely on donations, volunteering projects and fundraising events to help us survive.  There are lots of ways to help if you want to support our work:

  • You could do a fundraising event for us – we could set up a Justgiving page – get in touch.
  • You could give a small donation by clicking on our donate button to give money – even small amounts can help to change young peoples’ lives.
  • You can also add gift aid if you pay tax. You could make a regular donation by standing order or a one-off donation or bequest.
  • You could make us your Charity of the year, or raise money in your workplace or school.

All of the money raised goes directly to supporting young people improve their emotional, social and sexual health.

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What your money can do...

  • £5 will pay for a health promotion contact with a young person
  • £10 will pay for a young person to attend an education or therapeutic workshop for a group of young people
  • £20 will pay for a Drop-in consultation where young people can get support and advice
  • £45 will provide a therapeutic 1-1 session for a young person experiencing trauma or emotional difficulties
  • £100 would pay for a half-day workshop for vulnerable young women to support them with self-harm
  • £320 would allow us to provide a day of therapeutic services to our most vulnerable young people
  • £500 will pay for an activity programme to help 6 young people increase their confidence and self-esteem
  • £1000 would pay for us to provide suicide prevention work for young men who find it difficult to talk about their feelings
  • £5,000 would allow us to deliver our, therapeutic, mindfulness and relaxation, programmes to young people, one day a week for a year
  • £10,000 would pay for us to deliver a substance use programme of therapeutic one-to-one and group services for two days a week for a year
  • £45,000 would provide a full-time worker to provide mental, sexual and physical health worker to support 20 young people for a year.

HOT Wish List

If you don’t want to donate money, you could help us by providing an item on our HOT Wish List

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We would like to give our sincere thanks to those who have funded our work:

The City of Edinburgh Council

The Stand Comedy Club

The Robertson Trust

Pagan Osborne

NHS Lothian

M&S – Spark Something Good

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland

Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation

Young Start

Comic Relief

The Pleasance Trust

Awards for All Scotland

Bank of Scotland Foundation

Voluntary Action Fund