Opal helps older people (50+) in Hampshire to find out about local activities and services. These include help with shopping, befriending services, lunch clubs, local leisure activities and much more. We can also discuss transport options, as well as wider issues such as benefits claims, community care and help at home. This information is available over the phone, but if someone needs extra help to find out about services, a local volunteer can visit them at home once or twice to chat through the options. Visits are especially suitable for those who find it difficult to communicate on the phone or who have lost confidence due to a change in circumstances such as a house move, bereavement, illness or loss of mobility.
Opal aims to promote independent and healthy later lives; to assist people to be active in their communities; to maximise income to enable older people to afford the help they need, and to take part in leisure activities, thus tackling social isolation, promoting mental health and preventing decline.
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