OPAL BreakTime Plus and the Sitting Service

Who are Carers?

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to a family member or a friend who could not manage without this help.  This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance abuse problems.  Carers may even be juggling paid work with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home. OPAL offer two types of support for Carers who live in rural West Cheshire.

OPAL Sitting Service

The OPAL Sitting Service is for any carer who cares for someone over 60, who is unable to leave the person with care needs alone at any time. The service supports the carer by allowing them to have a short break of two or three hours each a week.

The carer is afforded the opportunity to go out, take part in regular leisure or social activities, attend health related appointments or just take a break at home.  A volunteer will support the person with care needs by offering companionship. Trips out with the carer and the person with care needs can also be arranged if appropriate.

OPAL BreakTime Plus

OPAL BreakTime Plus is available to carers who are over 60, or who care for someone who is over 60. The scheme offers a programme of activities including social events, recreational activities, wellbeing sessions, cultural events, visits to places of interest and useful information or training.

OPAL BreakTime Plus provides carers with the opportunity to meet other carers in similar situations, for understanding and support, and to take a break from their usual routine.  If the carer is unable to leave the person they care for alone then we will endeavour to support them with a volunteer.  Carers and the person they care for may also attend the majority of activities together, and enjoy recreational experiences outside the home, becoming part of the wider OPAL community. Activities take place across the whole of Cheshire West and Chester. 

Examples of sessions:

  • Social Gatherings
  • Information and Training Sessions
  • Wellbeing and Health Activities
  • Craft Sessions
  • Outings – e.g. to the cinema or museums

Both services are supported by our volunteers, and new volunteers are always welcome.

If you require more information, wish to make a referral or would like to arrange an assessment please contact: breaktime@opalservices.org.uk or one of our Organisers.

Maria Hudson on 07547 508 324 maria.hudson@opalservices.org.uk

Debbie de Kock on 07547 508280 Debbie.dekock@opalservices.org.uk 

OPAL BreakTime Plus is funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council