Cheshire West and Chester Council is asking for views on how the Council can set a balanced budget in these unprecedented times. Since March they have faced the biggest public health emergency in living memory and there is considerable uncertainty about future budgets. It is estimated that the Council faces a financial gap of between £34 million and £43 million over the next four years.
To register your views on the Council’s proposals go to:
OPAL has submitted it’s response which you can view by clicking here.
On Wednesday 11th November, David Briggs, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, formally handed over to OPAL volunteers the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The virtual event took place prior to OPAL’s Annual General Meeting and
attended by over 60 guests.
Jane Colville, Chair of Trustees, received the award on behalf of all OPAL’s volunteers. “We are delighted to have been recognised by the Queen for the work we undertake for older people and carers in rural communities. Although we received notification of the award in March, COVID-19 has meant we need to adjust the ‘usual’ presentation of the award. It was amazing to see so many faces on the Zoom session”.
David Briggs commended our volunteers saying “You are truly stars. OPAL is a special charity and you are spreaders
of happiness. This is the highest award a group of volunteers can be given—the equivalent of an MBE”.
OPAL has teamed up with Cheshire West and Chester Council Libraries and Age-friendly Digital Inclusion group members to stage Get Online Week from 19th to 25th October. Activities include ‘Get Online and Try Something New’ on the 21 October as well as encouragement and support to get online including one-to-one support by friendly volunteers. OPAL GoOnLine volunteers will be available throughout the day on 20th and 21st October to help you get connected to the activities and help answer any queries.
To book or attend an event go to https://livewell.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/Information/onlineday or to the Libraries Facebook page at @cwaclibrary
In 2020 the OPAL Services Annual General Meeting will take place on November 11th at 5pm.
Due to the current situation, the AGM this year will be a virtual event and will take place on Zoom.
Members, volunteers and the general public are all warmly invited to join us.
For further information and to register your interest to attend please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OPAL is pleased to announce it has been awarded £6,000 by Cheshire West and Chester from it’s Community Response Fund.
This funding will allow us to bring creativity and social contact into the lives of our elderly members who continue to be vulnerable to the ongoing impact of Covid-19.
While our OPAL Clubs continue to be closed because of the ongoing pandemic we will be providing 3 activity packs as a result of this generous support. We have already tried out our ideas on a smaller scale with great results and we look forward to providing a further 3 activity packs between October and the end of the year.
OPAL Services would like to thank the Marjory Boddy Charitable Trust http://marjoryboddy.co.uk/ and CWVA for recognising the work we are doing amid the Covid-19 pandemic in reducing social isolation and loneliness in older people in the rural communities of west Cheshire.
The Marjory Boddy Charitable Trust helps registered charities in Chester, West Cheshire or immediate surroundings areas, who can demonstrate that their activities or services deliver a direct benefit or meet the specific needs of groups or individuals within those local communities, particularly those who are vulnerable, disadvantaged or overlooked.
The grant will be hugely beneficial in helping us to keep our OPAL Reach newsletter reaching out as our options for delivering face-to-face activities for our older members once again diminish. Thank you to everyone at Marjory Boddy Charitable Trust. Your support is more valuable now than ever. Thank you too to CWVA @Chestervol for nominating us!
OPAL Services is delighted to announce that we have been awarded £10,000 in funding from the INEOS Community Fund. The money will be put to good use and will help us continue to support older people in rural west Cheshire through the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic and plan new developments to ensure our recovery into 2021.
The £1M INEOS Community Fund was established by INEOS Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe in March 2020 in tandem with the company’s COVID-19 “Hands On” campaign, which set up new production lines to provide millions of bottles of free hand sanitiser per month to hospitals and frontline healthcare. The fund enables INEOS sites across the world to support the charitable organisations doing vital work in their local communities at this particularly difficult time.
Kayleigh Nichols, Group Human Resources Manager at INEOS Enterprises said: “OPAL Services is a wonderful initiative for our older people. Its inspiring volunteers make a huge different at the heart of their community, offering the opportunity for many to experience, fun, enjoyment and companionship. We are delighted that we can help the organisation support the needs of local people in these difficult times.”