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

Dec 11
Happy Christmas!

​OPAL members had a wonderful time at the annual Banquet organised by, and held at, Ralph Thoresby High School.

It was another wonderfully successful event. Thank you to all the Students, Staff, Governors and the Parent Teacher Association for
all their hard work laying on a 3 course meal with loads of treats, lots of raffle prizes and entertainment for 150 of our members.

Oct 16
OPAL Staff cycle Coast to Coast

On Saturday 15th October the OPAL staff cycled 190 miles Coast to Coast​ outside the ASDA at Holt Park. We completed the distance in around 6 hours and had lots of wonderful support and raised £1100 towards the Welcome In refurbishment.



Aug 18
This gentleman's life is about to be transformed.......

Earlier this year, I saw an older gentleman outside the local ASDA with 2 big, heavy bags of shopping. He was struggling to carry the bags and was looking nervously around the car park as if waiting for someone. I thought maybe he was waiting for a taxi.

By the time I got my children into my car and started the engine, the gentleman was still there. He looked panicked and my conscience was pricked so I drove around and asked if I could help. He was trying to get home and so I gave him a lift - it was only round the corner but clearly much too far for him to walk. I told him about OPAL and the next day, dropped some OPAL literature through his door so he could decide if he wanted to join. I never heard anything again until this morning.

The gentleman phoned the OPAL office asking for 'the lady with the 2 children who gave him a  lift'. He has been in hospital and not able to contact us but he wanted me to know that he hadn't forgotten my kindness. He told me "no-one has ever done anything like that for me before!"

It looks like he is now going to join OPAL and when he does, he will meet so many people (OPAL staff, volunteers and members) who will show nothing but kindness and friendship. This gentleman's life is about to be transformed.......​



Jun 30
Thank you Cookridge Court staff!

A massive thank you from OPAL to Joanne Holdsworth (Reception), Charlotte Sutcliffe (Senior Carer) and Sarah Cash (Administrator) who are all staff members at Cookridge Court, who skydived for OPAL last Sunday. So far they have raised £600 and are still looking for donations which can be made online here. ​​

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