Local Services and Groups

Alzheimer’s Society, Tarporley

The Alzheimer’s Society meet in Tarporley on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Tarporley Community Centre between 1.30-3.00 pm. Anyone with dementia, their carers, family and friends are welcome to attend. Please ring 01244 851351 or e-mail westcheshire@alzheimers.org.uk for further details.


Ash-Worth Time Bank Rural Wellbeing

Ash-Worth Time Bank have been helping older people in rural Cheshire since 2004 and have helped vulnerable and lonely people in 14 villages.  They encourage local people to share their skills and time with other members of the community.  Time banking enables people to live independently and helps to tackle loneliness and isolation.  They have a network of over 450 people linking together to share their skills and time.  Membership of Ash-Worth Time Bank is totally free as are all services.

For further information please visit www.ash-worthtimebank.org.uk or contact their office in Ashton Hayes on 01829 751398.


Active Health – Cheshire Age UK

They provide a variety of activities across Cheshire aimed at helping those who are aged 50+ improve their physical health and meet new people.

Active Health Leaflet

Health Walks and Strolls

As part of the programme they also offer a number of different walks across Cheshire, ranging from weekly strolls to more challenging walks.  Please click here for further details.

The Patient Participation Group at Bunbury Medical Practice have set up their own walking group under this national network.  Everyone is welcome not just their patients.  Please click here for further details.

West Cheshire Walking Festival

Please click here to read the leaflet on all walks available across West Cheshire for the month of May.


Beat the Darkness

Do you or someone you know suffer with a mental health issue?  Beat the Darkness are creating a place for people to feel safe, to chat and socialise without judgment.  You can join them  on the last Tuesday of every month at Delamere Community Centre 5.30-7.30 pm.  For further details please e-mail: beatthedarkness@gmx.com


Breathe Easy (British Lung Foundation)  – Local Groups

Breathe Easy groups provide support and information for people living with a lung condition, and for those who look after them.

Groups hold regular meetings, usually monthly. People can meet and to talk to others, share their experiences and learn from each other. Regular speakers can also share information about living with their condition and coping with the emotional aspects of having a lung condition.

South Cheshire Support Group – Meet at Eagle Bridge Health Centre on the last Wednesday of the month from 2pm.



Brightlife work with local agencies from across the voluntary, public and private sector to reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst the over 50s in Cheshire West and Chester.  For further information please visit www.brightlifecheshire.org.uk/ or contact them on 01606 884444.


Natural Health Service, Cheshire

FREE and local activities to boost wellbeing.  Please click here for their programme of outdoor activities.

Parkinson’s Café – Tarporley Community Centre

This new group launches in Tarporley to support people living with Parkinson’s.  Please click on the poster below for further details.


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parkrun – Delamere Forest

The Chief Medical Officer’s advice is for ALL adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of high intensity activity per week – and just 10 additional minutes can make a clinical difference, reducing the impact of chronic health conditions.

We are delighted to announce that we have become a parkrun practice. Our nearest run is Delamere Forest. Please click here for more details.

For more information please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk or click here for further details of the Delamere Forest parkun


Rural Community Services West Cheshire

Rural Community Services West Cheshire (RCS) is a local charity who provide a range of services for older people in the rural communities of West Cheshire.

Services include:

OPAL Clubs (older people at leisure) – clubs for older people who are finding it difficult to get out and about to take part in social activities in their community without support.

Kelsall OPAL Club

Breaktime is a service that provides a few hours respite and support to carers of older people (aged over 65). It is of a flexible nature and operated by volunteers. The types of support offered are wide ranging and can be from offering companionship, taking part in leisure activities with the cared for person in their home, to trips out either with the carer and the cared for person or for the cared person alone.  Breaktime volunteers live within the local community and are all CRB checked.


The Rural Living Well project is being rolled out in Tarporley and the surrounding areas from January 2018 by Healthbox.

Healthbox will be offering the following in our area:

  • Strength & Balance classes – 12 week structured course to improve balance, strength, flexibility, mobility & co-ordination
  • Healthy Hearts – 12 week cardiac rehab and healthy lifestyle for those with a cardiac condition
  • Healthy Cookery – 6 week cookery courses ‘Feel good with Food’, ‘Healthy Cookery’ & ‘Make It Bake It’
  • Living with Long Term Conditions – 12 week interactive programme including mindfulness, relaxation, exercise & diet
  • 1-2-1 exercise & rehabilitation – tailor made home visit exercise plans to improve health & well-being
  • Beautiful Beginnings – healthy living in pregnancy
  • Diabetes Education Programme (pilot)

If you are interested in any of these classes please contact Healthbox on 0151-355 0205.

Rural Living Well Project Leaflet

Feel good with food

Diabetes Programme

Strength and balance classes



Self Management Courses

Self-management can support people with any kind of long-term health condition.  The programme aims to provide you with the skills and confidence to manage your condition better on a daily basis. It will help you work with your doctor, nurse or other health professional to regain more balance and control in your life.

  • Offers practical solutions to the challenges of day to day life with a long-term condition
  • Helps you make the most of meetings with the health care team
  • Invites you to work towards goals you identify in the management of your condition
  • Enables you to work with your health professional to prepare an individualised plan for managing your condition

The programme is run over 6 weekly sessions with each session lasting 3 hours. It is facilitated by trained tutors, who both live with a long-term condition/s.

How can it help you?

  • Increase your skills to manage your health condition
  • Meet others and share similar experiences
  • Increase your confidence in the daily management of your condition
  • Feel more able to work together with health professionals as an equal partner

People who have taken part in similar programmes say that it has helped them to:

  • Feel confident, balanced and more in control of their life
  • Manage their condition and treatment together with health professionals
  • Be realistic about the impact of their condition on themselves and their family
  • Use their new skills and knowledge to improve their experience of living with their condition

Please click here to visit their website for further details and to self refer to a local course.


Strength and Balance Classes

The classes are designed to reduce the incidence of falls and fractures within the older community.  Held at Tarporley Baptist & Methodist Chapel on a Monday.

Strength and balance class poster


Walking for Health

Macmillan Cancer Support and Brio Leisure are working in partnership to create a social network in West Cheshire to help people affected by cancer combat the feelings of isolation many experience during or after treatment. The project aims to ensure that people affected by cancer get the right care and support they need right on their doorstep, in order to lead as healthy and active a life as possible, for as long as possible.

There are one off walks specifically for people affected by cancer, general health walks open to all, a photo-walk to encourage people to be mindful of the environment and free walks on a treadmill and a gym induction for those affected by cancer at a Brio gym led by a trained Brio professional.

West Cheshire Walking Festival Leaflet (see pages 24-28 for the Brio/Macmillan walks.  There are 130 in total.)

For further information please ring 01244 886887,  email: macmillan@brioleisure.com or click here.