Jul 30
Free Children's Activities in August

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Jul 30
Summer Garden Party

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Jul 05
News Update July 2017

Welcome to OPAL’s July/August Newsletter.


Life at OPAL continues to be busy and exciting. We have launched our third weekly luncheon club – this one is for over 50’s and is on a Friday serving at 12noon and 1pm. You get a 2 course meal and a cuppa for just £4!!!


Our fortnightly Ping Table Tennis Group is getting more and more IMG_0856.JPGpopular and is great fun.  Thank you to Peter and Rick from PING who are on hand to give coaching and support as well as having the essential fishing net for retrieving stray balls. All levels of ability are made very welcome – as an absolute novice I can vouch for that  - but if you fancy a challenging game, we also have some fiendishly skilful players.  



Thank you to the BeyondMe-PwC team who invested their time and money over the last year to support OPAL with our management strategy, digital strategy and social evaluation.  We also had a team come spend a day with us helping with promotion, gardening and driving.



The gardening is a massive task and one that needs hours and hours of work. We had a team from Leeds Building Society and a team 

from Johnson and Johnson who each 

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If you know anyone/any company who would like to have a team building day, then our grounds provide the perfect opportunity for people to work together and to make a difference.  If you want more information, please get in contact.


It is our AGM in 2 weeks’ time on 19th July at 2pm, at Cookridge Methodist Church Hall. It has been a year of change for OPAL and our members and we would love you to come along and help us shape the future of OPAL.

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We also have entertainment by the fabulous swing singer Richard Daniels,  homemade cake and we celebrate OPAL’s 15th year of supporting older people in Leeds16.


OPAL’s Welcome In Community Café is open 9am – 2pm on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays  and all are welcome. We serve breakfasts, lunch and the most delicious homemade cakes at very reasonable prices. We have free Wi-Fi and a big car park so you can use the café for informal meetings or to work. We have also started hosting events in the café and recently hosted a children’s disco and a funeral tea.  We also have a significant birthday party booked in a few weeks.  We have a great space so if you have an event coming up, why not consider Welcome In Community Centre for your venue?



Finally, a little reminder to all who shop at Coop to use your coop loyalty card and please log into your Coop account and choose OPAL as your nominated charity. We are raising much needed funds for our Remember When Group (for people with dementia and their carers) and if you do this, 1% of all your spending on Coop branded items will be donated to OPAL. 



Thank you as always to all of you for supporting OPAL. We are incredibly lucky to have so many people support us and we really value each and every one of you.  

Ailsa Rhodes

Jun 30
OPAL awarded the Duke of York's Community Initiative Award


OPAL is immensely delighted and proud to confirm that in March 2017, it was one of just 42 Yorkshire based community groups who, in its latest round of awards, has been recognised by the prestigious royal reward scheme The Duke of York's Community Initiative. Representatives from OPAL received the official award in April 2017 from Lord-Lieutenant Dr Ingrid Roscoe and were invited to St James's Palace in May to meet HRH The Duke of York.
The Duke of York's Community Initiative is a Royal Award presented to community projects based in Yorkshire.

Sheila Thompson, OPAL Trustee Member and Volunteer said "It is wonderful that the hard work of the OPAL staff and volunteers is recognised. I was very proud to represent OPAL at the Palace as such a super occasion."

OPAL (Older People's Action in the Locality) is a voluntary organisation, set up in January 2002 to reduce isolation for older people and to ensure that any person over 60 years (and living in the geographical boundaries of LS16), can live safely, healthily and confidently in their own home. They aim to do this by offering a range of services and activities including advice, information, advocacy, social and health activities and home support.

Ailsa Rhodes, OPAL's CEO said of the award "To be recognised by the Duke of York's Community Initiative is a huge honour. This is the second time we have won this award which is testament to the dedication and hard work of our all volunteers. Being recognised with this award in the same month we opened our new Community Centre has added an even greater kudos to all we have managed to achieve in the last 12 months." 

Apr 28
Fabulous Photos - one hug at a time!

​​overview.jpgWe have been very lucky to have award winning photographer Mike Pinches, come to OPAL's coffee afternoon last week. The photos are not only beautiful but they capture the very essence of OPAL -  Thank you Mike for showing how OPAL is tackling isolation one hug at a time.

Mar 03
Community Open Day Saturday 25th February 2017

Despite the weather we had a very busy day and lots of feedback about how much people enjoyed the day. We were lucky enough to have the Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington opening the Centre, Rhinos players Brett Delaney and Keith Galloway, as well as Ronnie the Rhino. Thanks also to the Police for being present. Here are some of the pictures.




Feb 23
Welcome In Community Centre Open Day

​Come along this Saturday 25th February​ 11am till 3pm to find out what's happening at the Welcome In Community Centre. 

We're very lucky to have Brett Delaney & Keith Galloway from Leeds Rhinos visiting from 12 till 1pm and Ronnie the Rhino from 12 till 2pm. 

There will be tea, coffee & cake plus face painting, craft and other stalls.

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Jan 16
PT Community Cafe Development Worker


Job Vacancy

Post:                      Part time Community Café Worker

Duration:             24 months with possible extension.

Hours:                  14 hours per week with possible extension

Salary:                  £16354 - £19240 pa pro rata  (£8.50 per hr - £10 per hr)- plus 1%                                     pension paid by employer.

 Dependent on experience


This post will be responsible for setting up and developing the community café. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with vision and enthusiasm to establish and develop a community café.

Experience of kitchen and front of house coupled with ability to lead a small team would be an advantage and the following qualifications are essential:

Current REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate;

Current Food Hygiene Intermediate Certificate or willing to work towards this qualification.

The successful candidate will get the café established, manage a team of volunteers including staffing rota; ensure quality and consistency of food in the café; control stock and a small budget.

For an application pack please contact

Closing Date: 3rd February 2017

 OPAL Appform Cafe Dev Worker.doc 

OPAL Cafe Dev Worker.doc

Jan 05
Thank you Tesco Express

​Thank you to all the Customers of the Tesco Express on Green Lane, Cookridge for the very generous hampers which brightened the Christmas for older people in Leeds 16.

Thank you also to Tesco for organizing this for us.

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Dec 15
OPAL's move to the Welcome In
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The OPAL Drop In, Café area and toilets will all be finished in
January 2017 – it looks fabulous!
We have started packing up at Holt Park and by the end of January
will have moved all of our stuff including computers and phones
to our new offices at Welcome In Community Centre. There will be
a limited drop in service available at Holt Park.
For details of this and details of activities that are moving, please
check below. If the activity is not listed, then it is staying where it is.

Tue. 3rd Jan - Wed 11th Jan OPAL Drop InHolt Park office10 am till 1pm
Thu. 12th Jan – Fri 13th JanOPAL Drop InHolt Park officeCLOSED
Mon 16th Jan – Fri 27th JanOPAL Drop In limited service.Holt Park office10 am till noon.
Mon 30th Jan -  onwardsOPAL Drop InThe Welcome In

10 am till 1pm Mon, Tue, Thurs

& Fri. Not Wednesdays.

Weds 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd FebOPAL Drop In  limited service.Holt Park office10am till noon

Mon 9th – Mon 30th JanMonday Lunch ClubOxenford CourtNoon till 2pm
Monday 6th Feb onwardsMonday Lunch Club The Welcome In Noon till 2pm
Tuesday 10th  – Tues 31st JanTuesday Lunch ClubAdel Stables12.45pm – 2.30pm

Tuesday 7th Feb onwards


Tuesday Lunch ClubThe Welcome In 12.45pm – 2.30pm
Friday 6th & 13th January 2017Friday Coffee Afternoon The Hub1.30pm-3.30pm
Friday  20th Jan – onwardsFriday Coffee AfternoonThe Welcome In1.30pm-3.30pm


10th & 12th January '17


Chair Based ExerciseThe Hub 1.30pm-3.30pm
Tues 17th January - onwardsChair Based ExerciseThe Welcome In1.30pm-3.30pm

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