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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Supporting older people to live happy, healthy, informed lives in their own homes.

OPAL is a registered charity which supports the over 60’s living in Cookridge, Ireland Wood, Tinshill, Holt Park, Adel and Bramhope - Leeds 16 above the Ring Road.

If you are over 60, and live in our area, you can become a full member of OPAL. If not, you may become an affiliated member. Affiliated members can access all our activities apart from those with an asterisk next to them on the Calendar page.

Full OPAL membership and affiliated OPAL membership costs £10 per year.

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​UPDATED 1st May 2017. 


Lots of progress​​

First we want to thank all the OPAL Staff and Volunteers for keeping OPAL running through such a busy time. We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated and caring group of people at OPAL and with a 100% increase in referrals, new activities started (table tennis, over 50's luncheon club and community café) and increased numbers of older people needing support, we are grateful to every single person who contributes.

We are now settled into the Welcome In Community Centre and our café is open to the public Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays 9am - 2pm. I'm told we serve the best full English breakfast!

If you time your visit right, you might just get Gary Hetherington (CEO Leeds Rhinos) serving you. A big thank you to Gary who gives his time once a month to volunteer in our café and a massive thank you to the OPAL volunteers who have stepped up to help run the café.

 

We are keen to recruit regular 'café' volunteers on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays so if anyone is interested, please do get in touch.

 

Thank you also to Right Fuelcard who spent 2 days with us doing heavy digging to get the front of the Centre looking tidier. The weather was not kind and I have never seen a group of people more wet and muddy. Despite that they were all so enthusiastic so a big thank you to everyone involved. 

 

We also want to give a special thank you to Mike Pinches, award winning photographer, who came to OPAL's coffee afternoon last week. The photos are not only beautiful but they capture the very essence of OPAL - https://www.mikepinches.com/opal  Thank you Mike for showing how OPAL is tackling isolation 1 hug at a time.

 

Welcome In Community Centre is now available for room hire so if you are interested, please get in touch for full details.

 

Coop give 1% of everything Coop members spend (own brand products and services), to chosen charities in the community. OPAL were delighted to receive a cheque for £3169 for the last round and even more delighted that our Remember When Group (for people with dementia and their carers) has been chosen for this round. So, please use your membership card when shopping at Coop and then log into your account and choose OPAL as the charity to receive the full 1%?

 

We are also thrilled that:

·         Coop, Adel are doing a raffle to help raise money for OPAL to buy a new photocopier. Ours is long past it's sell by date and barely working so please call into the Adel Coop and buy a raffle ticket to support us.

·         Coop Spen Lane  have welcomed some volunteers from BeyondMe – PwC to do a roadshow at their store to promote OPAL and to do some fundraising.

·         Coop Butcher Hill have invited OPAL volunteers to their opening day after a month of refurbishment. We will be raising awareness of OPAL and fundraising.

 

Thank you to all at Coop for your magnificent support.

 

Interserve are currently building a specialist school for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, across the road from our Centre. They have already helped us with a few jobs, delivered training for some OPAL staff and we have plans for greater partnership work - not least the Men's group are visiting next month for hear all about the contract work and how it is progressing.

 

We are delighted to have received a grant from Awards for All to 'Green the Welcome In'. We hope to involve as many community members as possible in this community gardening project so keep a look our for more details in future newsletters or contact me for more information.

 

Finally, it is OPAL's AGM on Wednesday 19th July at 2pm. OPAL has a lot to celebrate including our 15th birthday. Your invite is attached. Please note, we are recruiting new Trustees so if you are interested and would like more information, please contact me.

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​OPAL on Film
​Here's a short film made by ​​final year students from Leeds Beckett University who have been raising money for OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality).

Please click on the photo below to watch.​

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OPAL awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.​

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We are thrilled to announce that OPAL has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the highest award of it's kind in the UK, for our work in providing social opportunities and support to over 700 people in the LS16 area.​​​​

​For more details and pictures please see our 

​blog page here.


To make a donation to OPAL click the link here

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