Registered Charity No. 1071467

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About OPAL

Who we are and what we do.

OPAL is an Oldham based registered charity supporting people with learning disabilities for 30 years.

At OPAL we believe in ‘Your day, Your say, Your way’.

Our activities are about choice, independence and fun.

We work with each person and their families or carers to plan the right kind of support, recognising that everyone’s needs are different.

Through our advocacy work, our day programme Your Day Your Way and Go Group we help people to achieve more independence in their lives and in their local community.

We also offer the only free drop in sessions in Oldham Click for more info.

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Our Values

Our values

We believe in:

  • a society where disabled people are equal contributors in our society having the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
  • a person-centred approach that puts people at the heart of our work.
  • promoting the rights of every person we support.
  • working together with the people we support, their carers, partners and community groups to make sure respect and dignity is included in their day-to-day lives and place of work.
  • encouraging the people we support and our colleagues to reach their full potential.

Our Team

Our team

Our professional and enthusiastic staff help people learn new skills, make new friends and enjoy their time with us

Camilla Guereca - Chief Executive

Angela Clarke - Advocacy Coordinator

Cath Rafferty -

Steph Beaumont - YDYW Coordinator

Val Jackson - Support Worker

Michelle Anderson


Our Trustees

Our trustees

We are proud to have a team of trustees who are fully committed to the work we do. Many of them have first hand experience of looking after someone with learning disabilities. Our trustees take their roles seriously and actively engage with the organisation on a day-to-day basis.

They are:

Jonathan Lord (Chair)

Reg Lord (Treasurer)

Cynthia Blythe

Mary Meacher

Veronica Royle

Les Coop

BA (Hons) Dip.TP MRTPI (retired)

A town planner by profession, worked in Local Government for 46 years finishing as Director of Environmental Services for Oldham Council.  Subsequently became a Planning Inspector for 10 years.  Currently Chair of the ACE Centre which provides assessments and equipment for people with communication difficulties; chair of Plumlife Housing Association; a trustee of Heritage Trust North West and Greater Manchester Building Preservation Trust; school governor; churchwarden and Rotary club member.


Go Group - About

Go Group

The Go Group are a group of self advocates who meet at OPAL every week. They also play an active role on the OPAL board.


What people say about us...

What people say about us...

Here are some recent comments from people we work with.

“OPAL is a nice place to meet friends.”

“I like doing fantastic activities at OPAL like using the computer, making different things and having ‘theme’ days."

“Love being a Big Bad Baker!”


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