Cyrenians The Opal Service
This free service is delivered in association with West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership by a team of dedicated, trained volunteers who offer encouragement, companionship and support to help older people engage in social, leisure and community activities, with support provided for a period of up to 9 months.
OPAL supports people typically aged 60 and above who are living in the West Lothian council area, who would like to increase their confidence, reduce loneliness and isolation and connect with their local community. OPAL volunteers offer support and encouragement to attend a variety of local groups/activities or events where they can meet new people. They can also offer support to build confidence again for a variety of reasons, including following bereavement or a stay in hospital.
- Telephone Support – This service provides a friendly weekly call, helping to share experiences, enjoy a chat and develop a trusting relationship through conversation.
- Accompaniment/introduction to local groups or social activities – A volunteer can help to identify groups/activities or events available in the local area that may be of interest. The volunteer may also offer accompaniment to build confidence to attend alone.
- One-to-one support to build confidence with something specific – One to One Support is offered by volunteers when assistance is required to rebuild confidence with a specific task, aim or goal. This could be after a fall or hospitalisation, recent bereavement or support to use public transport independently again.
- Groups – OPAL deliver a variety of regular local groups in the West Lothian Council area providing a welcoming and relaxed way of getting to know people locally in a friendly setting, sharing hobbies and interests. To find out more about our groups and where they operate click here: OPAL Groups
How To Get in Touch
Phone Number: 01506 815 815
Intended Client Groups:
- Older People
Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:
People aged 60 and over
This service accepts direct self referrals.
Contact Info. & Service Address
27 George Street
Tel: 01506 815 815
Provider's Name: Cyrenians
Cyrenians serves those on the edge, working with people at risk of becoming homeless and supporting them to transform their lives by beginning with their story, helping them believe that they can change their lives, and walking with them as they lead their own transformation.