Our Older People Active Lives (OPAL) service supports older people to increase their independence and well-being across the West Lothian area.
We support those aged 60+, connecting them to our team of dedicated volunteers who offer encouragement, companionship and assistance. We offer the following options to those looking to re-engage with social, leisure and community activities:
- One-to-one support - our one-to-one service accepts self-referrals and referrals from healthcare professionals. We match each referral to a volunteer who then supports the individual to re-connect with their community. This can include home visits, telephone conversations, outings to local cafés and walks, or supporting an individual in engaging with a local community group.
- OPAL Groups – We have 13 groups throughout West Lothian offering people the opportunity to meet others in their community and try out new things such as yoga, ukulele making, singing and much more! We are also able to offer a driver service to support those with limited mobility to participate. Want to pop along? Check out our community events calendar for your nearest group.
Please note – due to covid-19 restrictions we are currently offering virtual groups, telephone support, and postal activity packs in place of our usual face-to-face work outlined above.
If you think you, or someone you are working with could benefit from our support we would love to hear from you.