OPAL Branching Out

Are you a carer, new to the area or spend more time at home than you would like? OPAL Branching Out offers a range of ways to reconnect people with their local community and benefit from social connections. This new scheme, kindly funded by the Marshes Community Benefit Fund, covers Frodsham, Helsby and the surrounding areas.

The scheme incorporates OPAL What’s Cooking, OPAL Branching Out and OPAL GoOnLine. It strengthens relationships with the local OPAL Clubs and OPAL Carers Connect.

Frodsham Library and OPAL Branching Out drop in

We meet every Thursday Morning between 10am and 12noon in Frodsham Library. This is a “no strings” coffee and chat group where people can learn more about OPAL services in the Frodsham and Helsby area, and find out about the wide variety of clubs and groups that meet in the area. Everyone is welcome.

Once a month, we arrange social outings to local cafes in the Frodsham area.

OPAL Branching Out Activity Café

We will be running our monthly drop in café for tea, cake, chat and a range of activities at the Kings Church, Chester Road, Frodsham, WA6 6XR on the following Wednesday afternoons:

January 29th, February 26th, March 25th, April 22nd, May 27th and June 24th.

There will be a gentle exercise session starting at 1pm, plus a range of activities including craft and games between 2pm and 3.30pm. OPAL GoOnLine is also at the Wednesday afternoon café.

We also arrange trips to local events such as the pantomime, music afternoons and amateur dramatic productions.

Buddying

If you are interested in trying out a new hobby or interest, or would like to reconnect with an old pursuit, but for various reasons are struggling to do this on your own, we endeavour to offer a one to one volunteer, known as a buddy to support you with connecting to a new pastime.

New Horizons

New Horizons was funded from June 2017 – June 2019 by Brightlife, a Lottery funded project aiming to reduce social isolation in the over 50’s. The service offered support to people who felt they needed to connect in a more meaningful way with their local community and helped people make new social connections and participate in activities and hobbies of their choice. Branching Out builds on the learning from this scheme.

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 or Jean Toyn 07923 425239 jean.toyn@opalservices.org.uk.