Inspiring Brighter Communities – Carers Week and a ‘Book of You’


Carers Week by Cheshire and Warrington Carers

Carers Week was a very different affair this year but carers and professionals alike got involved online. Cheshire and Warrington Carers held laughter yoga sessions, a virtual relaxation group, working carer evening, coffee mornings all of which were all well attended. They also had inspirational quotes from artist Charlie Mackesy each day, as well as a carer’s story each day.

On Facebook they ran a Lockdown ‘Carer Creations’ competition and asked carers to send in their achievements.

Thank you to all those carers who got involved and help make Carers Week a success this year, despite lockdown.

One of the amazing winners is pictured below.

Carers creation

Thank you to all those carers who got involved and to help make Carers Week a success this year, despite lockdown.

Cheshire and Warrington Carers can be contacted:

OPAL are helping older people in rural communities create a ‘Book of You’

Older People Active Lives (OPAL) are capturing memories of OPAL clubs in Kelsall, Tarporley and Frodsham.

OPAL were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services during volunteer week. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.

OPAL have secured funding thanks to Cheshire West and Chester Council company Vivo Care Choices Community Fund to launch their ‘Book of You project’, so older people in rural areas who access OPAL’s services will be able to create their life stories by using words, pictures, music and film.

Jean Toyn, Organiser at OPAL Services, said: “16 of us are trained up to help people with the Book of You project. It’s a mixture of club volunteers, staff members and go online volunteers.”

OPAL are starting to work with members in Kelsall, Tarporley and Frodsham to create a Book of You for each club, recording their memories of living in the area and their past lives.

They have also started to create a generic one for OPAL to their journey and shared experiences.

Everyone is really enthusiastic about the project and it will be great to see the results.

You can find all of the relevant contact numbers for OPAL services on the OPAL website:

OPAL volunteer helping create a Book of You

The Community Fund

The Community Fund is worth £20,000 in total and has been split into two rounds of applications, with around £12,000 handed out so far and a second round of applications planned for September 2021. Full details for the second round of applications in September will be available in the coming months.

For more information about Vivo and its range of different services, visit: