We are very excited that the renovation of the Bar Room has been completed in August!   

This is thanks to the many people who donated money, joined in with 'Buy a Brick' and the 'Smartie Wall' and for the many other fundraisers who have raised money towards this, including Rowan Simpson who has raised £800 for OPAL, cycling 600 miles through out June!   We would also like to give a special thanks to 3 brothers (Nick 12, James 8 and Ben 5) who used their daily exercise slot to complete the Tour de Yorkshire to raise money for OPAL.   They added up their miles each day for cycling, running and walking - a total of 305 miles and raised a massive £775.    We were also very fortunate to receive funding from the following organisations who have very generously donated funding towards the renovations of the Bar Room

                      

                

 The Liz and Terry Brammall Foundation also kindly donated towards the Bar Room funds.

 A very big thank you to Tom Dick and Harry for printing our July August OPAL Newsletter and arranging funding from Norther Powergrid.   We are incrediably grateful for their help.      We look forward to welcoming you back to Welcome In and to seeing you all again.

 

OPAL are making plans to restart some of our activities in September and we will keep you updated about this via our fornightly email (to members with email), phone calls and in our Newsletter.   We will also post information on our website and social media.

  • In a nutshell, this is what OPAL is up to at the moment
  • Delivery emergency food parcels and shopping vouchers
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • A phone buddy scheme connecting volunteers to people who are self isolating
  • Providing transport to unavoidable appointments
  • Providing emotional support and sign posting people to services that can help them
  • Matching volunteer shoppers to people who are self isolating
  • Delivering jigsaws and books to people who are self isolating
  • Deliverying freshly cooked hot meals (Monday, Tuesday and Friday).  We are charging £3.50 per main meal.
  • Matching people who are self-isolating to IT phone buddies - to help them use smart phones, iPad, tablets etc for social interaction
  • Loaning iPads and Alexas
  • Zoom Friday coffee afternoon
  • Doorstep/garden buddies
  • Strolling buddies

If you need any other help, call us on 0113 261 9103 and will will do our best.

If you are interested in joining any of the following groups please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring on 07508868354. You only need an email & phone number to join a group. We often use Zoom to deliver sessions.

• Tai Chi— Helps you slow down & calm your mind. Wednesdays 2 pm.

• Reiki —Level 1 course to benefit the body & mind for yourself & loved ones, using a relaxing yet rejuvenating therapy that promotes self healing. Thursday 10am

• Improve Confidence in I.T.—Word, shopping on line, setting up safe passwords, Internet browsers and downloading safely, online books for free (kindle and other systems), Android Phones and tablets and iPhones and iPads. Tuesday 10 am

• Poetry The poetry group is on Fridays at 3pm • Creative Writing Monday 2pm

• Sing & Shine — You don’t have to be pitch perfect to join in on Wednesday’s & Fridays at 11 am

• Learn Mindfulness— for the over 50 s, this is a 90 minute group held on Mondays 10am to 11am

• Camera Club—Thursday 1pm, this club will start once they have 8 people signed up.

We would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to our funders for contributing to our renovation work 

Bernard Sunley Foundation    BSF Logo RGB

Inner NW Housing Panel         New HAP logo

Outer NW Housing Panel     New HAP logo

Clothworkers Foundation      Clothmakers Foundation Company

The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

The Edward Gostling Foundation    EGF logo final jan19 RGB

Keyfund                                   KF logo 20yr no2

Power to Change

Donations from everyone else including Buy a Brick, Smartie Wall.

 

Below is the support we can offer in these strange times.

  • Delivering emergency food parcels, shopping vouchers, picking up prescriptions and providing transport to unavoidable appointments.
  • Matching volunteer shoppers to people who are self isolating.
  • Delivering jigsaws, wool & needles and books to people who are self isolating.
  • Delivering freshly cooked hot meals (Monday, Tuesday and Friday).  We are charging £3.50 per main meal and have a little bit more capacity.
  • Matching people who are self isolating to IT phone buddies - to help them use smart phones, IPads, tablets etc for social interaction.
  • Door step buddies - for a short socially distanced chat.
  • Strolling buddies - for a short socially distanced local walk.
  • Providing emotional support and information.

This is what we have been doing for the past few weeks.

  • 583 people have a telephone buddy check and chat
  • 278 contacts made with people referred Leeds City Council
  • 115 hot meals made and delivered each week
  • 7 Ipads loaned out and 5 Alexa's.  We still have 3 more IPads and 1 Alexa to loan courtesy of Leeds Libraries.

We do have capacity to support more people so if you know of anyone struggling, please let us know.   People can contact us directly or you can refer them to us by phone 0113 261 9103 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   If the individual needs a food parcel or shopping voucher they need to be refered to Leeds City Council Helpline first 0113 2781877