About Us

Rural Community Services (West Cheshire) (RCS)

RCS (west Cheshire) was established as a charity in 2011.

Our mission is to offer accessible, enjoyable and enabling daytime activities for older people, to help reduce isolation and loneliness in the areas where we provide our services.

We provide a range of services for older people in our local rural communities:

OPAL Clubs

We run 6 OPAL Clubs, in Frodsham, Helsby, Kelsall, Malpas, Tarporley and Tattenhall. Members of OPAL Clubs are older people living within the host villages and their surrounding rural areas. More about OPAL clubs.


BreakTime is a service which aims to ‘give a break’ to unpaid Carers of older people living in the rural areas covered by RCS. More about Breaktime.

Carers Connect

Carers Connect is a service for carers in the rural areas of west Cheshire who are aged 60 or over, or anyone who is caring for someone over the age of 60.The scheme offers recreational activities, cultural events, visits to places of interest and information or training. More about Carers Connect.

Go Online

The GoOnLine service is aimed at providing access to the internet for OPAL Club members and other older people in rural areas, and potentially their family carers, to foster their use of the internet to pursue their personal interests and to help reduce isolation. More about GoOnline.

Branching Out

Branching Out is a scheme funded from 1st July 2019 by the Marshes Community Fund and covers Frodsham, Helsby and the surrounding areas. It offers a range of ways for older people to reconnect with others in their local community and benefit from social connections. the scheme incorporates other OPAL offers and strengthens relationships with the OPAL Clubs and Carers Connection scheme. More about Branching Out.

What’s Cooking

What’s Cooking is a community club aimed at helping older people to renew their interest and skills in cooking and to do so in good company and whilst having fun. More about What’s Cooking.

Our Staff


Zoe Blocksidge zoe.blocksidge@opalservices.org.uk 07562 619 275
Julie Ennis  julie.ennis@opalservices.org.uk 07512 632 515
Samantha Moggan sam.moggan@opalservices.org.uk 07856 095611
Brenda Platt brenda.platt@opalservices.org.uk 07851 104 210
Jean Toyn jean.toyn@opalservices.org.uk 07923 425 239


Janice Eastwood    janice.eastwood@opalservices.org.uk  07851 214 163

Finance Administrator 

Morag Hutson morag.hutson@opalservices.org.uk

Volunteer Coordinator


RCS Board of Trustees

P Cllr Gill Cloughgill.clough@opalservices.org.uk
P Cllr Jane Colville (Chair)jane.colville@opalservices.org.uk
Philip Hearfieldphearfield@live.co.uk
Ilene Hoyleilene.hoyle@opalservices.org.uk
Vicky Ridgewayv.ridgeway@chester.ac.uk
Gill Swash gill.swash@opalservices.org.uk
Mary Thompson (Treasurer)mary.thompson@opalservices.org.uk
P Cllr John Webbjohnwebbmalpas@hotmail.co.uk
Rhiannon Wilsonrhiannon.wilson@btinternet.com

Public Reports

Annual General Meetings

Our 2018 AGM was held on Wednesday November 14th 2018, Manley Suite, Forest Hills Hotel in Frodsham.

Our next AGM will be held on November 13th 2019 at 6pm at Cheshire View, Plough Lane, Waverton, Chester, CH3 7PT.

All members of the public, including our members, service users and volunteers, are welcome to attend our AGMs.