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 is a new scheme is funded from 1st July 2019 by the Marshes Community Benefit Fund and covers Frodsham, Helsby and the surrounding areas.

The scheme incorporates OPAL What’s Cooking, OPAL New Horizons and OPAL Go On Line. It strengthens relationships with the local OPAL Clubs and OPAL Carers Connect offers.

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.

OPAL Branching Out Café groups

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

On the following Wednesdays between 1.30pm and 3pm we will be running a drop in cafe at the Kings Church, Chester Road, Frodsham, WA6 6XR.

Join us on 25th September, 23rd October and 27th November for tea, cake, chat and a range of activities. OPAL Go OnLine 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.