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

Age UK Cheshire run a number of groups and clubs, ranging from simple lunch club to their Older People Enjoying Life Groups (O.P.E.L), which include activities such as quizzes and games or singing and music, for instance. See below for more details:

OPEL group – Northwich
Tuesday and Thursday, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Anderton Place, Sandbach Drive, Northwich, CW9 8SQ

OPEL group – Chester
Tuesday and Thursday, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Vicars Cross Golf Club, Tarvin Road, Chester, CH3 7HN

OPEL group – Ellesmere Port
Wednesday and Friday, 10.00 – 2.30pm
Ellesmere Port, Hollymere, New Grosvenor Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 2HH

Little Neston Lunch Club
Tuesday,12.00 – 2.00pm
Little Neston Methodist Church Hall, Mellock Lane, Little Neston CH64 4BN

Pub Lunch Club
Monday – Northwich Area
Wednesday – Winsford Area
Friday – Winnington / Castle / Barnton)

Castle Cafe Club
11.00 – 1.00pm – Tuesday
Castle Community Centre, Barbers Lane, Castle CW8 1DT

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
Tuesday, 10.00am – 3.00pm

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

Helsby OPAL Club
Thursday, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Alvanley Village Hall, Church Way, Alvanley, WA6 9BZ.

Kelsall OPAL Club
Monday 10.00am – 3.00pm

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

Malpas OPAL CLub
Tuesday and Thursday, 9.30am – 2.30pm

Craddock Court, Mercer Close, Malpas, SY14 8QY

Tarporley OPAL Club
Friday, 10.00am – 3.00pm

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

Tattenhall OPAL Club
10.00am – 2.30pm – Tuesday

Barbour Institute, High St, Tattenhall, CH3 9PX

Methodist Housing Association

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

Ellesmere Port Social Hub
Monday and Thursday, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Details: Social activities/exercise sessions followed by a lunch club at 12noon. Community transport is available.

Our Lady’s Church Hall, Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 8AB.

Neston Social Hub
Tuesday, 10.30am – 1.00pm
Details: Exercise session followed by a lunch club at 12noon. Community transport is available.

Churchill Court, Churchill Way, Neston. CH64 3TY

Ellesmere Port supported shopping
Friday, 9.30am – 12.00pm
Community transport provided from door to door. Advance booking is advised.
In addition MHA provides a weekly telephone befriending service, regular monthly social outings and a quarterly newsletter.

Lache Community Development Trust

60+ Club
Monday, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Lache Community Centre, Hawthorn Rd, Chester, CH4 8HX
Free exercise and singing groups led by experts.

Hoole Community Centre

Over 55s club
Wednesday, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, Hoole, Chester CH2 3AU
A varied programme of events with lunch. Transport is available.

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:

Exercise with Kathy
Monday, 10.30am – 11.30am
14 The Parade Enterprise Centre, Blacon, Chester, CH1 5HN

Social group/lunch
Wednesday,11.00am – 2 .00pm
Deva Point Blacon, Point Road, Blacon, CH1 5FD
Charge for meal/transport

Social group/lunch
Thursday, 10.00am – 2.00pm
White Rooms or Enterprise Centre, Blacon, Chester
Charge for meal/transport

Digital Buddies – helping over 50s with digital problems
Friday, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Storyhouse, Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR
Donation for refreshments


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
Monday, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Greenbank Community Hub, 22 Greenbank Lane, Greenbank, Northwich, CW8 1JQ
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, cake decorating.

Greenbank Lunch Club takes
Tuesday, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Greenbank Community Hub, 22 Greenbank Lane, Greenbank, Northwich, CW8 1JQ
Three course meal and refreshments, made by students at Greenbank School do this as part of their work experience. It costs £10 per head and includes transport.


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;
  • Buddying – supporting older people to access mainstream activities and social;
  • Supported transport – support to attend medical appointments, collect prescriptions etc.

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
  • Buddying schemes to support access to activities and social opportunities.

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, 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.

The Peoples’ Choice Group Project
Drop in session last Tuesday of every month, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Wesley Church, St John Street, Chester, CH1 1DA.

Singing for the Over 16s
Third Monday of every month, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
The Den, Storyhouse, Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR

Colouring for the over 16s
Fourth Thursday of every month, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Children’s Library, Storyhouse, Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR

Knitting for the over 16s
Fourth Thursday of every month, 10.30am – 12.30pm
The Kitchen Storyhouse, Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR

Crafts for the over 16s
Fourth Sunday of every month
Castle Community Centre, Beeston St, Northwich, CW8 1ER

Drama Workshops for the over 16s
St Andrews Methodist Church Hall, Dingle Ln, Winsford, CW7 1AA

Singing for the over 16s
St Andrews Methodist Church Hall, Dingle Ln, Winsford, CW7 1AA

Craft Club
Tuesday, 10.00am – 12.00pm
The Salvation Army, Whitby Rd, Whitby, Ellesmere Port, CH65 6RS

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.

The following groups are supported by a dedicated team of highly skilled Carer Support Workers:

Asperger’s Support Group – Chester
Thursday, 7.00pm
Quaker Meeting House, Union Walk, Frodsham Street, Chester, CH1 3LF

Asperger’s Support Group – Northwich
Thursday, 6.00pm
The Woodpecker, London Road, Northwich, CW9 8EG

Asperger’s Support Group – Ellesmere Port
Tuesday, 7.00pm
Trinity Church, Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0AT

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, walking watches and clocks, wraparound anti-glare glasses, ‘The Pen Friend’ device, calendars and diaries, talking kitchen scales, timers and talking bathroom scales);
  • Assisting with sorting/reading mail and making appointments;
  • Introduction and referral to peer group support, including ‘Living with Sight Loss’ courses run in partnership with Cheshire Vision Impairment Consortium;
  • Assistance with tasks and chores, such as supported shopping trips.

Vision Support’s drop in centre, Bluecoat Vision Centre, in Chester offering peer-to-peer support, and advice and training for people with vision impairment. A range of clubs and activities are also run from the Centre. Social activities and clubs include: walking, ten pin bowling, gardening, arts and crafts, brailling, and general activities groups.

In addition, their mobile information units, cover Cheshire, Halton, Wrexham and Flintshire areas three days per week.

The staff at all centres are happy to demonstrate any equipment and are fully trained to offer advice and information on all services available locally and nationally.

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:

  • Monday – 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday – 1.00pm – 6.30pm
  • Wednesday – 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Thursday – 3.30pm – 9.00pm
  • Friday – 10.00am – 4.00pm

Weekly activities include:

Women’s Development Group
Wednesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm
1a Dene Drive Winsford Cheshire, CW7 1AX

Men’s Development Group
Thursday, 2.00pm – 4.00pm  
1a Dene Drive Winsford Cheshire, CW7 1AX

Computing and One-to-One learning
1a Dene Drive Winsford Cheshire, CW7 1AX

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 who will tailor their assistance to meet the needs of the individual.

They also run regular support and activity group sessions to encourage individuals to mix with other people in a similar situation to themselves.

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 and social groups, which include drop-in facilities.


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:

Lache Comunity Centre, Hawthorne Road, Chester, CH4 8HX

Hazelmere, Hambleton Way, Winsford CW7 1QH

Churchill Court, Churchill Way, Neston CH64 3TX

Kingswood, Kingsway, Chester CH2 2LJ

Hollymere, New Grosvenor Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 2HH


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.


The Red Cross provides supported hospital discharge for people from the Countess of Chester Hospital, plus follow up support for up to four weeks to check the individual is safe and well. They can then refer onto other services if necessary.

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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