Older People, Active Lives

Our Older People Active Lives (OPAL) service supports older people to increase their independence and well-being across the West Lothian area.

Please note – due to covid-19 restrictions we are currently offering online groups, telephone support, walking groups and postal activity packs in place of our usual services outlined below. 

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.

If you think you, or someone you are working with could benefit from our support we would love to hear from you.

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If you would like to find out more, or wish to make a referral, either for yourself or someone you know, please download the relevant form below, complete and return it to opal@cyrenians.scot

  • Professional referral form (PDF) - for use if you are referring in a professional capacity, for example a medical professional referring a client.
  • Self-Referral form (PDF) for use if you are referring yourself, or a friend or family member.

To find out more about volunteering with us, from telephone support to helping out at groups, please visit our volunteering page.

OPAL is funded through West Lothian Council, West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Lothian. We work in partnership with Carers of West Lothian, Alzheimers Scotland, Ageing Well, My Guide and Stirling University.


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