What’s Cooking

What’s Cooking?   is a community club where people who have an interest in food and cooking can meet and enjoy the company of others who share their interest and passion.

The principal aim is to help older people to renew their interest and skills in cooking and to do so in good company and whilst having fun. Anyone with an interest in cooking is welcome.

The clubs are run by volunteers who share their own knowledge of cooking and food to create sessions which are interesting and stimulating, whilst keeping a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for participants.

What’s Cooking? is run by OPAL and is funded by Brightlife. Brightlife is a Big Lottery funded project which aims to reduce social isolation across the local area by creating different activities and opportunities, and help people stay connected.

For more information, or if you know someone who could benefit from this service, or you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Julie Ennis on 07512 632 515 or julie.ennis@opalservices.org.uk .

What’s Cooking? – Clubs

We currently run two What’s Cooking Clubs and a third is being planned:

What’s Cooking – Frodsham

The What’s Cooking? club in Frodsham meets fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon 2.30 -4.00pm at the Frodsham Methodist Church, Kingsley Road, Frodsham.

The club started in October 2017 and has enjoyed sessions with speakers, cooking demonstrations, a food preparation challenge and the sharing of recipes and ideas.

What’s Cooking – Helsby

The What’s Cooking? Club in Helsby meets fortnightly on a Wednesday Morning  10 – 11.30 at The Windings, Cable Drive, Helsby

This club started in February 2018 and enjoys finding out about new foods and recipes but has also had several sessions reminiscing about food, including ration recipes.

What’s Cooking – Farndon

We are currently planning a third club in Farndon. We anticipate that this club will commence in September, meeting fortnightly on a Friday morning. We are currently looking for volunteers for this club who would love to hear from anyone who enjoys cooking and baking and could spare one morning a month.

If you are interested in joining the club or would like to be a volunteer at the club, please contact Julie Ennis on 07512 632515 or email Julie.ennis@opalservices.org.uk


Brightlife is a partnership led by Age UK Cheshire.

Brightlife has been awarded £5m as part of the Big Lottery’s Fulfilling Lives, Ageing Better fund, which has given a total of £82m to 14 areas throughout England in order to improve the lives of older people.

Helping to reduce social isolation in Cheshire West and Cheshire.