Manchester Cares is a brand new community network of young professionals and older neighbours helping one another in our rapidly changing city.
We are tackling loneliness and isolation through four core programmes:
-Social Clubs: free weekly activities for neighbours to grow skills, confidence and friendships
-Love Your Neighbour: our one to one friendship scheme
-Outreach - proactive way to reach isolated older neighbours
-Community Fundraising: another way for volunteers to make a difference
Manchester is a wonderful place, with innovation and influence, history and heart at its core. There's always so much going on, from new music to new businesses to new people arriving all the time.
For our older neighbours in particular, many of whom have spent a lifetime in their home neighbourhoods, the rush and pace of the city can often now feel too much. Getting around can be difficult, and trends including globalisation, gentrification and digitisation are transforming communities faster than ever before.
The multiplying effect of those pressures is that many older people have deep roots but few connections. Meanwhile, young professionals – often graduates from across the country and around the world – can have hundreds of connections in the social media age, but often no roots in their communities.
The separation of those parallel worlds wastes human potential, entrenches loneliness and isolation, perpetuates social division and is ultimately corrosive for our society.
Manchester Cares seeks to address this modern blight of disconnection by harnessing the people and places around us for the benefit of all.
Manchester Cares aims to:
- Reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people and young professionals alike
- Improve the connection, confidence, skills, resilience and power of all participants so neighbours can feel part of our changing city rather than left behind by it
- Bring people together to reduce the gaps across social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides.
Established: November 2017
Registered Charity Number: 1176902
Board members: 7
Full time staff: 4
Phone number: 07432641860
Address: Colony, Jactin House, 24 Hood Street M4 6WXView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website