New Service – Good Neighbours

New Service – Good Neighbours

Following our short trial in the Tarporley area, OPAL are pleased to announce it is to launch this new service – Good Neighbours – across the whole of rural Cheshire!

This new service is supported via a 2 year grant from the Community Led Care Commission funded by Cheshire West and Chester and the local NHS board.


Send an OPAL Christmas card

This year, with thanks to our lovely volunteers’ pictures/photographs, we have some produced some fundraising Christmas cards, available to send electronically, to spread some festive cheer. (click on this link to see an example https://www.dontsendmeacard.com/view/ue5tkj70)

If you would like to send a card, please go to https://www.opalservices.org.uk/xmascard/


Would you like to join our Trustee team?

We are currently looking for someone to join our Trustee team.

We are particularly interested in applications from people with the following skill sets:

  • Information Governance, including data management and data protection
  • MS 365 and website development
  • Communications, Promotion and PR
  • Human Resources

If you would like to find out more about OPAL and our Trustee roles, please click here


SAVE THE DATE !! – OPAL Christmas Fair & Afternoon Tea

Friday 17th November 2pm – 4.30pm

Join us for an afternoon of Christmas festivities.

Have a browse around our stalls and then sit down and enjoy a lovely OPAL Afternoon Tea. 

More details to follow……..

If you are a stallholder and would like to have a stall at this event, please email Juliet.compston@opalservices.org.uk for more information.


OPAL Mid-summer Soiree report

On the beautiful summer’s evening of Tuesday 22nd June OPAL held a mid-summer soiree to raise funds for OPAL services.

Mrs Felicity Pochin kindly allowed us to hold the event in her garden in Oscroft which provided a perfect setting. Volunteers made cake and supporters came to enjoy the evening. We had tea and cake and a glass of fizz as we wandered around the garden and basked in the evening sunshine. Edward Timpson MP made a speech and drew the raffle. 

OPAL made a fabulous £1111 on the event, all of which will be used to support OPAL services in 2023. Thank you to all who made the evening a success.


We are recruiting! – Update 02/08/23 – Post now filled

OPAL is looking for an Organiser for our OPAL GoOnLine Services to coordinate and manage a programme of digital inclusion sessions for older people across rural west Cheshire.

Working across Cheshire with some home working.

Closing date for applications 7th July 2023.

To apply for this role or for more information, please contact morag.hutson@opalservices.org.uk  or click here to apply via Indeed


OPAL Matters Issue 18 June 2023

The latest issue of the OPAL Newsletter celebrates our fantastic OPAL volunteers. You can read the latest news and stories here, including a report from our volunteers’ event on 7th June and the outcome of our latest volunteers’ survey.

OPAL Matters Issue 18 June 2023


OPAL MID-SUMMER SOIREE 22nd June

Join us on Thursday 22nd June from 5pm – 7.30pm at Nicholaston Lodge, Cross Lanes, Oscroft, CH3 8NQ
for tea & cake in the gardens, and as the evening unfolds, enjoy a glass of fizz as you wander around.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.buytickets.at/opalservices
Or email Juliet at Juliet.compston@opalservices.org.uk
£12 per person plus raffle.



Coronation Coffee Morning, Kelsall, Monday 8th May 2023

To celebrate the King’s Coronation, Kelsall OPAL Club held a fundraising coffee morning on Big Help Out Monday, 8th May 2023 at Kelsall Methodist Church Hall.

The event was was well supported by volunteers and local residents and raised nearly £300 for Kelsall OPAL Club. Thank you to all involved.



OPAL SOUP LUNCH – Friday 24th March

OPAL held another successful soup lunch at Kelsall Community Centre on Friday 24th March.

We raised just over £500 and were delighted that the event was well attended by both members & supporters. It was great to see everyone there.

This event was of special importance as it was organised by our new fundraising group of volunteers. We held a raffle and sold bags of Easter eggs. 

We are already looking forward to the next event!