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Lots happening here at OPAL.

Over the last few months we have been delighted to welcome some of our members back into the building at our three weekly lunch clubs, three weekly tai chi classes and two weekly gentle exercise classes. As you will see from the newsletter, we had intended to start new activities from November but unfortunately, we are having to stop all social activities from Thursday 5th November for 4 weeks – or longer if restrictions aren’t lifted.

We have been offering digital support and now we have our new staff member Steve Hogg, Digital Support Worker we can expand this support.  We have also purchased 10 iPads to complement those we have from Digital Leeds and we are loaning these to our members who don’t have their own device.

We have also be offering a hot meal delivery service since March and for the duration of this lock down period, we will increase the meal delivery to 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) and can deliver to anywhere within Leeds16 above the ring road.  We charge £3.50 per meal and have capacity for new people to access this service.  Contact us on 0113 2619103 if you would like to know more.

The phone buddy scheme also continues and we have over 400 older people receiving a regular phone call to check on their wellbeing and to have a good ol’ natter. We have received lovely feedback from both the volunteers and the people receiving the calls. Its lovely to hear about the friendships that have developed.

OPAL is a Covid Volunteer Hub for the LS16 area and we still receive referrals for people who are having to isolate and need emergency food parcels or other types of support. We also have quite a selection of jigsaws and books that we can loan.

As always, if you or anyone you know would like to access our services or would like extra support then please just contact us.

Finally, I need to say a big thank you to our fantastic volunteers who do so much to help us including admin, shopping, delivering, collecting, phoning, food prep and cooking.  We are incredibly grateful to them all.