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OPAL Services (Rural West Cheshire)

OPAL provides a range of services for older people and the carers of older people in rural areas of West Cheshire.

All our services support independence, social engagement, enjoyment, and a sense of well- being and belonging.

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Merry Christmas

This year with thanks to our lovely volunteers pictures/photographs, we have produced some fundraising Christmas cards, available to send electronically to spread some festive cheer.

Click on this link to see an example

If you would like to send a card, please go to

We thank you all for your support over this past year and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

OPAL Clubs

Our Malpas OPAL Club provides a weekly opportunity for older people, aged over 70, to get out of the house and to enjoy the companionship of others, with plenty of tea, biscuits, chat, and laughter thrown in.

A fun and varied range of activities are organised and a 2-course hot lunch is provided during the session. Transport can be provided if needed.

The Malpas OPAL Clubmeets on Thursdays at Craddock Court from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

For further information contact: Alison Shackleton on 07851 104210 or email

OPAL Clubs also meet in:
Tattenhall, Tarporley, Frodsham, Helsby, and Kelsall


GoOnLine, is a drop-in service which helps older people with technology. The service is available to anyone in West Cheshire who is over 60.

GoOnLine sessions give older people access to one-to-one support with a friendly OPAL Volunteers. If you are having problems, or lack confidence in using your smart phone, laptop, or tablet, or if you need help in making video, conference calls, uploading photos or other IT issues, then we can help.

Malpas GoOnline drop-in sessions are at Jubilee Hall, Malpas on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our digital inclusion service also includes OPAL in Touch.
This service aims to help older people stay connected with their friends, family, and communities.
Digital devices are loaned for a short time to allow the older person to experience the positive aspects of being digitally connected.
Devices are set up for individual needs and supported by our volunteers.

For further information on either of these services please email

Carer Support Services

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 many 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, to view this month's events go to


We are always looking for volunteers within the areas we support, and Malpas is no exception.

Becoming a volunteer for one of our services can be a rewarding and life enhancing experience. Our volunteers are the backbone of all our services, and we are always looking to recruit more people.

Volunteers can offer to help as much or as little as they wish, so if you think this may be you, or you'd like to know more, please call Janet 07592 464856 or email , we'd love to hear from you!

Learn more about all OPAL Services here.

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