OPAL SOUP LUNCH – Friday 24th March

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!

OPAL Offers more with the National Lottery Community Fund!

OPAL has been awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to help our community thrive. The money will be used to maintain services in those areas we already operate in and contribute to the further development of OPAL Go On Line and OPAL Branching Out .

The funding will be used across the area we cover and will enable us to keep the Branching Out ‘Whats Cooking’ group going in Farndon and to contribute to the start up of a Branching Out  group in Kelsall. It will also support us to get OPAL Go On Line up and running in Malpas.

OPAL Matters Issue 17 December 2022

Find our all the latest OPAL News in the last OPAL Matters Newsletter of the year.

Opal Matters December 2022 Issue 17

OPAL receives valued support from MCBF

OPAL is once again fortunate to receive grant funding from the Marshes Community Benefit Fund. This funding award will see us linking up two of our successful services: OPAL Branching Out and OPAL GoOnLine and providing services across Frodsham, Helsby and Elton.

For more information please contact us on 07512 632 515 or 07779 283 591

OPAL Christmas Lottery

Have you heard about our OPAL Lottery?

Feeling lucky?!

Do you have tickets? Join today for your chance to win! 

Every week one of our players wins a cash prize of around £12 plus the chance of winning up to £25,000

Since July 2021, our supporters have raised £2010 for OPAL.

50% of all tickets sold will be used to raise vital funds to support services to older people in rural west Cheshire, keeping them in touch with their local communities.

With Christmas fast approaching, we have a fantastically festive prize – on Saturday 10th December one of your supporters could WIN CHRISTMAS!
That’s right – this mega prize bundle includes a huge food hamper containing all your favourite festive treats, a luxury tree, stockings, a door wreath, decorations, lights, bubbly, chocolates, and so much more… we’ve included everything but the sprouts! And of course, that’s on top of the weekly cash prizes, AND the chance to win the £25,000 jackpot!

For more information or to take part go to https://www.onelottery.co.uk/support/opal-services

or contact OPAL on 01865678679

Tickets only cost £1 per week, 50% of all tickets sold comes directly to OPAL to support our older people and carers. 

Please support us and share the news with your friends, family and colleagues.

Annual General Meeting 2022

The next OPAL Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2022

at Cheshire View, Plough Lane, Christleton, Chester, CH3 7PT (01244 332 442)

Tea and coffee served from 5pm for a 5.30pm start.

Click here to register

Vacancy – Communications Officer – (post now closed)

OPAL Services is looking for a Communications Officer for 5 hours a week, to be responsible for the production and maintenance of newsletters, the website and other OPAL communications. Working mainly from home, you will be working alongside staff and trustees in a small rural charity that delivers services for older people in rural west Cheshire to help prevent social isolation. OPAL is a volunteer-led charity whose volunteers have been awarded a Queen’s Award for volunteering.

The successful candidate will have excellent communications skills plus experience of writing for publication, publication design and layout, photography, media editing, web editing and social media. They will be flexible, self-motivated and have access to transport.

  • 5 hours a week, hours distributed through the week according to need. 
  • £11.90 per hour.

Apply us application form For further informationcontact  morag.hutson@opalservices.org.uk

Closing date for applications:  Friday 29th July

OPAL Matters June 2022 – Volunteers’ edition

Our June edition of OPAL Matters celebrates Volunteers’ Week 2022 and applauds the work of the amazing volunteers who underpin the work of OPAL Services. OPAL would like to thank each and every one of them for being such an important part of our Charity. This issue also reports on the visit to Buckingham Palace of two volunteers, Mary Thompson and Lesley Duggan, who represented OPAL at a recent Royal Garden Party in recognition of OPAL’s Queen’s Award for Volunteering.

Mary and Lesley write: “What a magical day this was and we feel so privileged and honoured to have been able to represent OPAL in this way.  We had such a memorable experience, which we will treasure forever. A big thank you to OPAL for allowing us to represent you at this special event.”

Read OPAL Matters 15 here

‘Making caring visible, valued and supported’

Afternoon Tea for Carers – Wednesday 8th June, 2-4pm

To celebrate Carers Week, Opal is hosting an afternoon tea with music at the Deeside Ramblers Hockey Club near Tarporley on Wednesday 8th June between 2pm and 4pm

If you are an unpaid carer aged 60 + or caring for someone over 60+ in west Cheshire, we would be very pleased if you would join us.

The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Making caring visible, valued and supported’

To book onto this Carer event, or for more information about OPAL Carer Services, call

Maria Hudson on 07547 508324 email Maria.hudson@opalservices.org.uk or

Joy Walker on 07547 508280 email Joy.walker@opalservices.org.uk