Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives)
Glenda McWatt, Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives), 27 George Street, West Lothian, EH48 1PG
Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) service aims to maintain or increase older people’s independence and well-being across the West Lothian Council area.
The service is delivered by a team of dedicated, trained volunteers.
Through our Groups Programme, we deliver 13 regular social and activity groups across West Lothian which provide a welcoming and relaxed way of getting to know people.
Through our One-to-One service, we support older people who additionally may be experiencing one or more of the following:
• Returning home after a recent stay in hospital
• Living distantly from family or friends
• A Carer responsibility
• Depression and/or anxiety
• A recent/early dementia diagnosis
What do we offer?
One-to-one Support: short term (maximum service of 9 months) and telephone – volunteers provide a wide variety of support including connecting with local community activities, companionship after bereavement, hospitalisation or a fall, or to just chat and share experiences.
Introduction to local groups or social activities – A volunteer will help to identify groups or activities in the local area.