OPAL Branching Out

OPAL Branching Out is a new scheme funded from 1st July 2019 by the Marshes Community Benefit Fund and covers Frodsham, Helsby and the surrounding areas. Branching Out offers a range of ways to reconnect people with their local community and benefit from social connections. 

This scheme incorporates OPAL What’s Cooking, OPAL New Horizons, and OPAL Go On Line. It also strengthens relationships with the local OPAL Clubs and the Carer Connection scheme OPAL 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.

Branching Out Café groups

Once a month, we arrange social outings to local cafes in the Frodsham area and are planning to extend this to the Helsby area.

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


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.

Watch this space – we are planning more ways to help people to connect, and details will be here very soon.

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.