About Manchester Cares

Manchester Cares is a community network of younger and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing city.

Manchester is amazing. Across the city there is always something to do, galleries and festivals to visit; food from pretty much every corner of the globe to eat; and not to mention the new skyscrapers popping up left right and centre. It’s fair to say our city is changing rapidly. And amongst the shifting horizon are communities full of people, old and young, who feel anonymous, isolated and left behind by the rapid pace of change.

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Roots run deep under the streets with stories left untold, voices unheard. Whispers of old mills being transformed into flats, where neighbours once worked, and now young people live. 

This is particularly the case for older people whose social networks may have frayed and whose communities are transforming faster than ever before due to globalisation, gentrification, digitisation, transience and housing bubbles.

The multiplying effect of those pressures is that many older people have deep roots – from Ancoats to Ardwick, Longsight to Levenshulme – but few connections. Meanwhile, younger people — facing work and social media pressures and living far from friends and family — can have hundreds of connections in the social media age, but often no roots in their communities.

Increasingly, as our city transforms, those two groups are living in parallel worlds. That separation wastes human potential, entrenches loneliness and isolation, perpetuates division, and is ultimately corrosive for our society.

That’s why Manchester Cares brings older and younger people together – to share time, laughter, new experiences and friendship – so that everyone can feel part of our changing city, rather than left behind by it.

Part of The Cares Family, our objectives are to:

  • Reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older and younger people alike;
  • Improve neighbours’ connection, confidence, belonging, purpose and power;
  • Bring people together to bridge the gaps across social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides.
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Adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic

In March 2020 Manchester Cares, along with the rest of The Cares Family, suspended face-to-face activity amid the emerging COVID-19 crisis. We swiftly re-invented our programmes to maintain connection, community and our values (kindness, community, trust, bravery, learning) at their heart. You can read about that here.

As restrictions have eased we have resumed our face-to-face programmes, but now we offer blended programmes. Our programmes now include a mixture of online and face-to-face programme options, which we’ve taken every precaution to ensure are COVID-safe.

Read about our four core programmes that help us achieve our vision of closer, better-connected communities in our transforming city...