We're hiring – join Manchester Cares as Programmes Coordinator

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Manchester Cares is an anti-racist organisation committed to advancing anti-racism and inclusion in our work and in our communities. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, who are currently under-represented in our organisation. We are an equal opportunities employer.

  • Salary: £26,000; 
  • Initial 12-month contract; full-time hours (37.5 hours per week);
  • 26 days’ annual leave per year plus bank holidays;
  • Remote and office-based (City Centre) with programme work taking place across City of Manchester;
  • Flexible working hours; 
  • Staff counselling service;
  • Application Deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday 12th September.

Manchester Cares is a community network reducing loneliness and isolation amongst older and younger people alike; improving the confidence, belonging, purpose and power of all participants; and bringing people together to bridge the gaps across social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides. In these disconnecting times, we believe this work is more important than ever. So we're excited to be searching for a new Programmes Coordinator to join our dynamic team.

We're looking for a passionate people-person: someone with a proven track record in building and supporting relationships with partners and individuals, with all the complications those inevitably involve. 

We need a confident communicator, who is just as comfortable picking up the phone to introduce yourself to a new referral partner as you are leading a social club or raising a safeguarding concern. 

You’ll also need to work well in a fast-paced environment, where teamwork is essential but individual skills and distributed leadership are also required. 

The variety of this role means it can be challenging to remain focused, so you will need to have excellent prioritisation skills, as well as being confident in maintaining professional boundaries and managing the expectations of a variety of stakeholders on a daily basis. 

 This role will work closely across the three core Manchester Cares programmes (Love Your Neighbour, Social Clubs and Outreach) with the following split:

  • 2.5 days Love Your Neighbour Community Coordinator: You’ll act as a bridge between older neighbours and any local, community or statutory services, to support neighbours to have agency in responding to complex and challenging situations in their lives; to reach their goals and remove or overcome any barriers to connection they may be facing and to feel connected with their local community. This includes responding to enquiries, interventions, support and safeguarding. 
  • 2 days Volunteer and Outreach Management: You will plan and deliver outreach and volunteer activities - helping to spread the word about our programmes and encourage more people to get involved by: forging new (and managing existing) community partner relationships; networking; creating engaging storytelling resources and social media posts; and supporting with other programme related tasks as required. 
  • 0.5 days Social Clubs: You will support with the delivery of our weekly Social Clubs, including leading one club per week independently, as well as supporting any other tasks as necessary.

All of the above requires communication skills, tenacity, confidence, creativity and determination. So you'll be an authentic communicator and storyteller – with the ability to build relationships with people from all backgrounds (through written as well as verbal communications). We’re looking for an organised multi-tasker, team-player and determined problem-solver; and someone with a good understanding of the culture and socio-economic challenges facing the city of Manchester. If that sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you. 


This is a task-based application, so we are not accepting CVs. The full job description and details on how to apply are linked below, please read them carefully before submitting your application.

If you have any problems uploading your application or have any accessibility needs, please contact:

Before Thursday 2nd September:

Laura, our Head of Programmes, at [email protected] or by calling 07596 222178

Friday 3rd September to closing date (12th September):

Charlie, our Director of Programmes, at [email protected] 

We’re looking forward to receiving your application, good luck!

Laura Wilkinson

Posted by Laura Wilkinson on Thursday 26th August 2021

Laura is Head of Programmes at Manchester Cares