To create great opportunities through participation in education, social activities, and the arts for all regardless of background and ability to develop life skills, increase confidence, independence and well-being.
Our impact in 2015/2016
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Who we are
In 2014 Heather Hunter, CEO of Action for People Ltd, wanted to create more opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
With so many people contacting the Action office for support it was clear that something else was needed. Teaming up with all of her dedicated team who give up their time and skills as volunteers, GO! (Great Opportunities) was born, gaining Charity status in November 2014. The charity provides opportunities through participation in education, social activities and the arts for all regardless of background and ability.
In 2015 the Charity worked with over 1000 young people, and provided over 2500 hours of clubs and events.
With the charity operating across the South of England and expanding at a huge rate the team are starting to expand out into more areas throughout the UK.”
We have been instrumental in developing new styles of opportunities for young people with additional needs by offering opportunities that are designed around specific individuals rather than just offering general clubs or group events. In particular GO! has pioneered a GO! Style, a new independent range of short breaks for young people with additional needs allowing them the opportunity to learn how to travel independently on public transport, volunteering opportunities, work application and job search plus assistance with college and university applications.
Great Opportunities has built a reputation for its innovation in service development and achieved recognition for the imaginative and diverse ways it creates opportunities for young people. In May 2015 the Charity purchased the lease for Palace Theatre in Plymouth, a project looking to provide 120 apprenticeships for young people, create workshops and skills in work, construction, singing, music, theatre skills and much more…
Regardless of circumstance, race, gender, disability or behavior GO! Together believes in young people, their abilities, their dreams and their determination to advance in life. To that end GO! provides support, advice and information that will not just empower young people but enables them to move forward.
We are proud to deliver activities and projects that really benefit young people and create for them great opportunities for better life chances. We do this through:
Innovation leads our work, with creative approaches to working within the community and through our projects to create new opportunities to develop life skills and chances. Being adaptable and delivering resourceful solutions to the problems that young people face is at the forefront of our work and its outcomes.
Social justice is an important element to our work in supporting young people. We challenge, advocate and seek to influence policies and practices that impact on the life choices and chances of young people to ensure that everyone has opportunity for advancement.
Partnership working is an integral part of GO! Together, we work with NHS teams, voluntary and community sector groups, councils and public businesses to help support and develop our work with young people at all levels.
Putting young people at the centre
Young people are at the very centre of what we do. GO! together believes that every young person deserves the right to be supported regardless of their circumstances, race, gender, disability or behaviour. Our purpose is to help young people to grow through making make informed personal decisions about their lives and by creating opportunities to enable them to improve their life chances.
Our vision is to help everyone develop life skills and confidence through participation in theatre, music, art, work, sport and technology regardless of age or ability.
In 2015/16 GO! Great Opportunities is passionate about raising awareness of the needs of young people to gain life skills. Particularly:
– those with additional needs who need help to enter the workplace
– young people who are at risk of becoming long term unemployed
– young offenders who need help to turn their lives around.