Pathfinder West

Pathfinder West is the single point of access for Cheshire West and Chester
Adult Health Early Intervention services.

Our dedicated team can help signpost and provide more information about over 26 different early intervention and prevention services, ranging from low level community support to reduce social isolation through to more specialist services to support people to remain independent and well for as long as possible.


These services include:

Community well-being
  • Group social activities
  • Befriending schemes
  • Assisted shopping
  • Community development
  • Support for small charities and social enterprises
Specialist support and activities
  • Mental health services
  • Supported employment
  • Learning disability and autism services
  • Sensory impairment support
  • Falls prevention
  • Supported hospital discharge
  • Home support for those with life-limiting conditions

The Pathfinder Team will also always do their best to find and make direct referrals to other relevant and specialist support services and groups (not listed below) where necessary, such as a local arts and crafts group or a chess club, for instance. In addition, they can signpost people to a variety of approved paid for services, such as cleaning, gardening and home maintenance services.

Professionals, service users and carers can call a single number to find out about local services making it easier for those that need it to find help.

Contact Viv Craven

Phone: 07799 519438 

Please note some services/groups are currently suspended or have been adapted in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation until further notice.  For more information, please contact the Pathfinder team on the contact details above.


There are several organisations that provide a range of social group programmes and supportive interventions across various locations across Cheshire, to reduce social isolation amongst people aged 65 or over. They provide services that encourage and support older people to access mainstream services and/or activities using existing community assets within their local area.

All the following groups are delivered in accessible premises and each run for a minimum of 3 hours. They also include food and free or significantly subsidised transport where necessary.

For more information or a referral for any of the services and groups below, please contact the Pathfinder team on or call 0779 951 9438

Age UK Cheshire

Love Later Life Social Group

Social group for those aged 65 and over. Sessions include arts & crafts, dominoes, board games, music and movement and a variety of games such as bingo, card games and quizzes. Two course lunch provided.

Held weekly Tuesday & Thursday, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Castle Community Centre, Barbers Lane, Hartford, Northwich 

OPAL Services

The following OPAL lunch clubs, run by OPAL Services – Rural Cheshire, include social, therapeutic and informative activities. The cost is £15 per day including lunch and transport.

Frodsham OPAL Club – Soup & sandwiches
Tuesday, 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm weekly

Frodsham Methodist Church, Kingsley Road, Frodsham, WA6 6BA

Helsby OPAL Club – Soup & sandwiches
Thursday, 10.00am – 12.00pm fortnightly
Alvanley Village Hall, Church Way, Alvanley, WA6 9BZ.

Kelsall OPAL Club – Soup & sandwiches
Monday, 10.00am – 2.00pm weekly

Kelsall Methodist Chapel, Chapel Bank, Kelsall, CW6 OQS.

Malpas OPAL CLub – Soup & sandwiches
Tuesday & Thursday, 10.00am – 2.00pm weekly

Craddock Court, Mercer Close, Malpas, SY14 8QY

Tarporley OPAL Club – Soup & sandwiches
Thursday, 10.00am – 2.00pm weekly

Deeside Ramblers Hockey Club, Gardenhurst Estate, Whitchurch Rd, Tiverton, Tarporley CW6 9NA

Tattenhall OPAL Club
Tuesday, 10.00am – 12.00pm weekly

Barbour Institute, High St, Tattenhall, CH3 9PX

Methodist Housing Association

MHA Communities – Cheshire West provide the following groups and services:

Ellesmere Port Welcome Club
The session charge is £3.00 or £7.00 for door to door collection and return.

Monday, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Little Sutton Methodist Church, CH65 8AB

Neston Social Hub
The session charge is £3 which is for all activities and includes unlimited tea/coffee/juice, biscuits, toast and cake. Transport from door to door is available but must be pre-booked. There is a charge of £7 which includes a return journey home.

For further details of FREE membership scheme please phone 0151 357 3873 or 0793 520 2563 or email or

Tuesday, 10.30am – 1.00pm
Neston Methodist Church

Ellesmere Port supported shopping
Community transport provided from door to door. Advance booking is advised.

Friday, 9.30am – 12.00pm

Dementia Support Group
Two weekly drop in sessions on a Monday and Wednesday at their Welcome Clubs in Ellesmere Port and Neston from 11am to 12noon so that people can make contact with us and discuss their issues.

Befriending Services
Offering a face to face personal service as well as a telephone befriending service. A dedicated volunteer will regularly contact the member for an informal chat either by visiting or by telephone. 

Lache Community Centre

60+ Club
Opportunity for people to come together to watch films, participate in activities such as musical bingo etc. Events / activities as requested by group members.

Wednesdays (times vary am -pm)
Lache Community Centre, Hawthorn Rd, Chester, CH4 8HX

Hoole Community Centre

Over 55s club
A varied programme of events with lunch. Transport is available.

Wednesday, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, Hoole, Chester CH2 3AU

Here and Now Chester

Here and Now is a social enterprise based in Blacon, which aims to bring socially isolated people together in a friendly and relaxed environment. The enterprise was formed in July 2015 and works to enhance the lives of the older members of the Blacon and Chester Community. It offers the following groups and clubs:

Wednesday Social Group
Wednesday, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Deva Point Blacon, Point Road, Blacon, CH1 5LD
A small fee is charged for the meal and refreshments

Thursday Social Group
Thursday, 11.30am – 2.30pm
United Reform Church 121A Saughall Road
Blacon Chester, CH1 5ET
A small fee is charged for the meal and refreshments

Digital Buddies – helping over 50s with digital problems
Friday, 11.00am – 12.00pm
Storyhouse, Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR
Donation for refreshments.

If you would like to attend a digital session please contact Alan on 07932556062 or email 


Snowangels is a social enterprise which supports older people to continue to live independently and keep well. Snowangels offers two lunch clubs:

Happy Mondays Lunch Club
This group is for older people with learning disabilities/autism. It costs £5 per session and includes a two course lunch and different activities, such as crafts painting and cake decorating.

Monday, 11.00am – 2.00pm
Weaver Hall Museum, Northwich

Keep Connected Café
For people 65+, £5 for light lunch, refreshments – Greenbank School make the food, homemade soups, pies, sausage rolls

Tuesdays 10:30-12:30
The Mews, Whitegate church Hall, Northwich


There are a range of volunteer-led services that offer a range of emotional, social and practical support in local communities, to help improve older and vulnerable people’s quality of life and support them to live independently, access mainstream services and/or activities in their local area. These primarily take the form of:

  • Befriending – providing emotional and social support through regular contact with frail and vulnerable older people

In addition to the volunteer schemes the Pathfinder team can also provide details of other appropriate services – such as cleaning, shopping, gardening and general home maintenance, for instance – that will support older people to continue living independently.

For more information or a referral for these services please contact the Pathfinder team on or call 0779 951 9438.  


Snow Angels provides various schemes that offer a range of emotional, social and practical support to improve older and vulnerable people’s quality of life and support them to live independently. These include:

  • Befriending schemes that provide emotional and social support through regular contact over the telephone or visiting services.
  • Any support needed with attendance allowance or blue badge forms.

Neston Angels

Neston Angels provides support to older people who live alone by connecting them to an appropriate volunteer befriender and to local services and support in the Neston area.

Through the befriending service, individuals receive a weekly catch up phone call from a volunteer to check how they are. In addition, ‘befrienders’ can signpost and support their ‘buddies’ to attend activities, such as lunches or activity clubs, monthly senior matinees at Neston Community Youth Centre, or anything else appropriate, with the aim of expanding their social networks.


Alzheimer’s Society provides a specialist post-diagnostic dementia advice service for people with dementia and their carers, delivered by expert Dementia Advisors (DA) and trained volunteers from the point of diagnosis
The Dementia Adviser Service offers one-to-one support for people affected by dementia. Dementia Advisers offers information and practical guidance to help understand the condition, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future. This can happen face-to-face (where appropriate and safe), over the phone or in writing. They aim to help those affected by dementia:

  • Remain independent and stay active for a long as possible;
  • Get the information and advice necessary to make informed decisions about your wellbeing
  • Find other local services which can help to improve quality of life.

For more information or a referral for any of the services provided by Alzheimer’s Society, please contact the Pathfinder team on or call 0779 951 9438.


DIAL West Cheshire

DIAL West Cheshire’s Ability Angels is an assisted shopping service whereby friendly, trained volunteer helpers are available to accompany disabled or older people who would like help to do their own shopping within the City of Chester. In addition to providing a friendly shopping companion Ability Angels can help with:

  • Carrying shopping bags;
  • Wheel chair and door assistance;
  • Reaching for items;
  • Guiding sensory impaired customers;
  • Reading labels.


There are a number of services specialising in offering support for adults with learning disabilities, including Autism, Asperger Syndrome and other learning disabilities. These services range from one-to-one support to providing groups and sessions

For more information or a referral for any of the services listed below, please contact the Pathfinder team on or call  0779 951 9438

SEE Communications CIC

SEE Communications CIC is delivering a service – The Peoples’ Choice Group Project – which aims to reduce social isolation, raise self-esteem, increase confidence and improve social interaction amongst adults with learning disabilities and associated mental health conditions.

The Peoples’ Choice Group Project supports people with learning disabilities/difficulties and autistic spectrum conditions to meet and make new friends; speak up about things that matter to them in their local communities; and gain confidence and skills, through working and social sessions.

Ellesmere Port
Craft session – a mix of crafts, colouring, competitions, projects (FREE)
Salvation Army
Monthly on Fridays

Cinema & Review Club
Monthly on Tuesdays 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost £6

Culture Buddies -a mix of crafts, colouring, competitions, projects (FREE)
Autism Hub
Monthly on Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.30p

Singing on Zoom (FREE)
Fortnightly Monday evenings

Regular competitions
Monthly competitions with prizes that people can get involved with. These are sent out on our mailing list, please get in touch if you would like to know more.


  • Fortnightly Drama Group Wednesday afternoons
  • Fortnightly Friendship Group – includes crafts, bingo, quiz and chatting – Tuesday afternoons 
  • Monthly Singing Group – Thursday evening
  • Monthly Grub Club – Friday evening

St Andrews Methodist Church Hall, Dingle Ln, Winsford, CW7 1AA.


Monthly Grub Club – Tuesday evening
Hope52, Witton Street

Monthly outdoor Grub Club – Tuesday evening (will start again next spring when warmer)
Transition Northwich Community Garden 


People’s Choice Working Group – fortnightly meetings Wednesday afternoons


Northwich Crafty Chatters Craft/Colouring Packs – posted fortnightly

Crossroads Together

Crossroads Together provides social skills groups for adults with Asperger’s to enable them to improve their social skills and meet others with similar difficulties and strengths.

They hold fortnightly groups, alternating between a structured session led by a speech and language therapist and social groups offering activities that enable new found skills to be put into practice. For example, activities that involve turn taking, making choices and decisions, interacting with other people and following rules.

All sessions online only.

DIAL West Cheshire

DIAL West Cheshire provide an in-house supported volunteer programme aimed at users with a learning disability.


Those affected by visual and/or hearing impairment can access the following local services, provided by Vision Support and Deafness Support Network, which specialise in the respective disabilities – offering a range of support including advice about equipment.

For more information or a referral for any of the services listed below, please contact the Pathfinder team on or call 0779 951 9438.

Visual Impairment

Vision Support provide a community service to people with sight loss, to reduce isolation and support individuals to remain in their own homes. The service includes:

  • Delivery of and information on specialist equipment (lighting, talking watches and clocks, kitchen equipment to name a few) through the Home Visiting Service;
  • Assisting with sorting/reading mail and making appointments and signposting to other relevant organisations;
  • Introduction and referral to peer group support, including ‘Living with Sight Loss’;
  • Support with Digital Skills (mobile phones, tablets, text to speech software/keyboard skills);
  • Mobile Information Service visiting a variety of locations throughout Cheshire West (please call head office for schedule)

Vision Support’s drop-in centre, Bluecoat Vision Centre, in Chester is available, currently by appointment to view equipment.  

Vision Support contact number 01244 381515.

Also available is peer-to-peer support, and advice and training for people with vision impairment, a range of clubs and activities are also available. Social activities and clubs include: crown green bowling (summer months), Cinema, brailling, and general activities groups.

Hearing Impairment

Deafness Support Network offers an enhanced support worker and technical equipment service, providing sensory support workers to work with D/deaf and D/deafblind adults in Cheshire West and Chester.

Deafness Support Network deliver bespoke support designed to meet the needs of each individual, identifying appropriate intervention, provide advice on technical equipment, and work with individuals on a one-to-one basis to determine the most appropriate equipment for the individual’s needs at home and in social situations. 


Chapter and Mid-Cheshire MIND deliver mental health services to help improve mental wellbeing, reduce social isolation and increase social interaction. This is delivered through one-to-one support and social groups, including drop-in facilities.

Individuals can access support to help them work on personal goals, including:

  • Improving resilience, confidence and self-esteem;
  • Accessing training courses to help the individual work on goals;
  • Developing social skills and making new friends at drop-in sessions or community based activities;
  • Finding new ways to fill spare time by attending groups such as arts and crafts, book club and going on trips;
  • Providing support to make new friends;
  • Enabling access other organisations and groups that the individual is interested in;
  • Working with physical health and public health services across the community to access smoking cessation sessions, weight loss, regular health checks and screening initiatives.

This service aims to help people in need of mental health support at the earliest opportunity and help them avoid reaching crisis situations.

For more information or a referral for any of the services listed below, please contact the Pathfinder team on or call 0779 951 9438

Mid-Cheshire Mind

Mid-Cheshire Mind offers information, advice and support to people with mental health concerns, their friends, families and carers. They also offer activities, trips and days out to those accessing their services.

It’s drop-in centre, based in Winsford is open for individuals to drop in during the following days and times:

  • Tuesday – 1.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Thursday – 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Weekly activities include:

Activities include:

Art Group

Led by volunteer Christine, who is a local artist, this group is suitable for both total beginners or the more experienced! All materials are provided.

Craft Group:

Led by volunteer, Lynda, this group give you a chance to explore your creativity and make simple craft projects. All materials are provided.

They are aiming to restart the art and craft groups shortly.

Poetry Group

Led by two Members, Gill and James, you can show your creativity through writing poetry or if you prefer, simply listen to poetry readings. Local poets sometimes visit and share their poetry and experiences with the group.

Walking Group

Led by Cheshire West and Chester’s Health Ranger, Chris Moseley, this weekly group offers you a chance to get walking in your community. Winsford has lots of scenic routes for you to enjoy and walking as a group provides companionship as well as a chance to get fit, be outdoors and improve your mental health. The Walking Group is every Thursday at 1pm.

The Naafi Café 

A welcoming peer support group for veterans or ex-service personnel, giving them a chance to meet and chat about their experiences, challenges and progress.  Meeting fortnightly on a Thursday evening the group is open to anyone aged 18+, male or female.

Making Space

Making Space provides a mental health support service for adults living with severe mental ill health who require additional support in order to achieve their personal goals. The charity provides support on a one-to-one basis with one of their key members of staff who will tailor their assistance to meet the needs of the individual.

From January 2022 regular support and activity group sessions will be recommencing to encourage individuals to mix with other people in a similar situation to themselves. To find out more about the sessions and to register, contact Making Space direct by phoning 01606 606694

In addition, Making Space also offer a carer support service for those who care for a loved one with either a learning disability or a mental health diagnosis.


Chapter, based in Ellesmere port, provides mental health support through one-to-one support, telephone based support, group learning and social groups.


The Falls Prevention activity is jointly delivered by Age UK Cheshire and Healthbox.

For more information or a referral for any of the services outlined below, please contact the Pathfinder team on call  0779 951 9438.

Age UK Cheshire

Age UK provides a falls prevention home visiting service covering the whole of Cheshire West and Chester: Their falls prevention coordinators can visit clients aged 65+ who have experienced a fall, are at risk of falling or have a fear of falling. These visits will offer an assessment and advice on safety issues within the property (and access to a grab rail fitting service *charges apply).

Their falls prevention coordinators can also make onward referrals to a range of services to support people including the free falls classes run by Healthbox (outlined below).

Health Box

Healthbox deliver a range of strength and balance classes in extra care housing complexes across Cheshire West and Chester and also deliver falls prevention training in Care Homes. They run the following strength and balancing classes:

Hazelmere, Winsford
Northgate Arena, Chester 

Hoole Community Centre, Chester
Neston Community Centre, Neston
Ellesmere Port Sports Village, Stanney Lane

Online class

Hollymere, Ellesmere Port
Online exercises

Online class


The Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) provides a range of regular semi-formal and informal (but structured) interventions between service users and various professionals working in the NMC team, including physiotherapists, support manager, other therapists and also with other service users within the community who have relevant, similar experiences to share.

In addition, NMC also offers residents of the Borough of Cheshire West and Chester a wide range of leisure opportunities and structured activity clubs, such as craft and woodwork clubs.

For more information or a referral for support from The Neuromuscular Centre, please contact the Pathfinder team on or call 0779 951 9438.


Snow Angels provide a service to support patients at home and can offer up to 6 weeks’ support following discharge from the Countess of Chester and Ellesmere Port Hospitals.

Support given by making visits or telephone calls which will be conducted within two working days, providing the individual with reassurance and practical support, for example shopping.

Patients must be over 65 years old and live in the Cheshire West and Chester district.

For more information or a referral for supported hospital discharge, please contact the Pathfinder team on or call  0779 951 9438.

Cheshire Community Action

Cheshire Community Action aim to give communities a stronger voice by engaging and supporting them to influence the places, spaces and services that are important to them.




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