We can give you as much information as possible to pass on to the person concerned or, we will send the information direct to them. If it is more appropriate, we can phone or visit them to let them know about OPAL and the services we offer.
Once we have informed an individual about OPAL, it is then the choice of the individual as to whether they would like to join OPAL. You cannot join on behalf of someone else without their consent but we will make it as easy as possible for them to join if that is what they choose.
Our volunteers hear about us through word of mouth, adverts and through posters and leaflets. We have volunteers ranging from ages 16 up to 80+ years of age. The roles of our volunteers are incredibly varied and include driving, hand delivering newsletters, teaching computer lessons, helping in the office and much, much more.
We have over 90 volunteers and every single one of them is highly valued by our staff team of 10.
To join our volunteer team, you need to complete a volunteer application form and we will take up 2 references. We then interview you and depending on the type of volunteering you want to do, we may do further checks such as a DBS check, which checks for a criminal record. You will then receive a full induction before doing any volunteering.
We work with some vulnerable older people and therefore the answer to this question depends on the type of conviction you have and the type of volunteering you want to do with us. We will always consider applications and we are happy to discuss your personal situation in confidence so you can decide whether you would like to make an application to be a volunteer with us.
Yes. OPAL is accessible to any older person living in Leeds 16 for information and support. We will endeavour to help you with your enquiry ourselves or if it is appropriate, we will signpost you to other services. There are some social activities such as our Tea Dance and the Coffee Afternoon which everyone is welcome to attend and we also have a community café which is open to all.