Our vision is an inclusive society in which we all have the opportunities to live valued and fulfilled lives. We work to make that vision a reality by our mission to support people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey.
Volunteers are peer mentors to the community residents and both live within our city and farm communities, and manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the building, which is their home. Volunteer tasks may include: Accompanying a resident to appointments, Helping a resident to cook a meal for the whole community, Acting as a sounding board for a problem or difficult situation, Offering mature and calm guidance.
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 for those typically aged 60+. During our response to COVID-19 we are looking for telephone befrienders (usually meet ups would be face to face).
This may be a chance to chat and share experiences, helping older people to remain socially connected.
During the match, the client will be supported to identify activities of their choice which involve getting out and about, making links with local groups, developing new friendships and taking up hobbies and interests. This will help them to develop greater confidence and support their return to independence. Activities may include: Going for short walks or outings, attending local groups (e.g. crafts, singing, gardening), making use of local resources (e.g. library, sports centre).
A weekly befriending call offering the older person the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship through conversation. This may help build confidence in themselves and enjoyment of being in touch with someone.