On Sunday 18th November, over 60 older and younger neighbours from across Manchester came together to celebrate one year of Manchester Cares in the way we know best – with laughter, dancing, stories and friendship.
We threw a party to say a huge thank you to everyone that we've met so far: everyone who has helped build our community based on friendship, fun and connection.
And what a joyful party it was! Ged kicked us off with some music, and then Charles shared a piece he'd written especially for the occasion, here's a few lines from it:
“Manchester Cares is 1 year old today, oh aye yippee aye ay. The best thing we can do is wish them a Happy Birthday. So what exactly does Manchester Cares do? That’s a question for me and you. I believe they help the older generation by giving us fun and enjoyment whatever the situation!
It's hard to beleive that Manchester Cares started a year ago and they've certainly put on a lot of activities for us 'young at heart' older people. Everyone has their favourites, mine is Desert Island Discs in Ancoats. Bainging a drum at Music Club in Levenshulme made me feel like Phil Collins. I also enjoy our trips to CFCCA and meeting Judy Finnigan during a Business Visit to Media City!
Without these wonderful people at Manchester Cares, I wouldn't be here today - no social clubs, no fun, no laughs, no nibbles, nothing. In fact I'd be bored to tears!"
Helena helped guests craft their own party hats, we had a song performed fabulously by Edith and the night finished with lots of dancing, singing and laughing!
And just like the party, building this community network has been a truly collaborative process so to everyone who has been a part of it, we want to say a big warm Manchester Cares THANK YOU – without you we couldn't have done any of this:
Many thanks to One Manchester for supporting us in this celebration.
If you'd like to get involved by hanging out with and helping your older neighbours, you can sign up to volunteer here.
Posted by Lauren Banks on Wednesday 21st November 2018
Lauren is the Head of Programmes at Manchester Cares.