The Older People Active Lives – OPAL (Cyrenians)

Who is this for?

  • People aged 60 years old and over

Who provides this?

  • Cyrenians


The Older People Active Lives (OPAL) service supports older people to maintain and increase their independence and wellbeing, and re-engage with social, leisure, and community activities.

OPAL connects an older person with a team of dedicated volunteers who offer encouragement, companionship, and assistance.

Referrals can be made by completing a referral form. You can contact them via phone number or email address on the right, or download a form from

Activity/Social Groups (in person)

Blackburn Buddies (Blackburn Partnership Centre, Blackburn EH47 7LL) – Weekly on Mondays, 10:00am-12:00pm

Craigengar (Craigengar Park, Almond Road, Livingston EH54 5NY) – Weekly on Mondays , 1:30pm-3:30pm

Nibble and Natter (Bathgate) – Fortnightly on Tuesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Cunnigar (13 Avenue Park West, Mid Calder, West Lothian, EH53 0AH, Mid Calder) – Weekly on Tuesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Mates and Meals (Dinner Group, meets at a Bathgate Restaurant) – Monthly on Tuesdays (2nd Tuesday of the month), 6:00pm-8:00pm

Blackfaulds Court Group (Blackfaulds Drive, Fauldhouse, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH47 9DR) – Weekly on Wednesday, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Singing for Health (St Andrews Church, 4a Main Street, Deans, Livingston EH54 8BE) – Fortnightly on Wednesdays , 2:30pm-4:00pm

Strathbrock Group (189A W Main St, Broxburn EH52 5LH) – Weekly on Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm

Linlithgow Friends (Longcroft Hall, Linlithgow EH49 7BH) – Weekly on Thursdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Walking Groups

OPAL provides three walking groups that meet regularly for hour-long walks.

The groups aim to be inclusive for as wide a range of abilities as possible, and volunteers will be there to provide assistance.

New walks will be chosen by group members as the sessions progress, so this is your chance to show others your favourite routes and places of local interest. Although the group is primarily intended to support those in the local area age 60+, all ages are welcome to join.

Bathgate Wanderers, Fortnightly on Mondays. 1:00pm-2:00pm

Broxburn Wanderers, Weekly on Wednesdays 11:00am-12:00pm

Linlithgow Wanderers, Fortnightly on Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm

Digital Groups (in person)

Support in using your phone, tablet or computer.  Call us for details of current groups.

Online Groups

OPAL Reading Room – Monthly (last Thursday of the Month) 11.00am – 12.00pm

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties

Referrals can be made by completing the referral form and emailing it to, by phone or by post.

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?


Location information

  • Wheelchair access

Opening times

Monday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (office closed on a Monday)
Tuesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 4.30 pm (office closed on a Friday)

Contact Details

27 George Street, Bathgate, EH48 1PG

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Types of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support from someone with similar experience
Support in person
Support with others

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