How we spend your money

Manchester Cares work is supported by a network of 725 incredible volunteers. Thanks to their generosity in sharing conversation and friendship with older neighbours, and planning and running social clubs, we can provide ongoing social connection for 900 older neighbours with few running costs. Your support is vital to cover the necessary costs of keeping our programmes going, in particular, to ensure that our community has professional support when they need it.

Manchester Cares is all about building relationships, and as such, our main expense is staff time. Manchester Cares’ team is made of seven full-time staff. Our Love Your Neighbour, Social Clubs and Outreach Programmes each have dedicated staff members who spend their time:

  • Addressing safeguarding concerns;
  • Managing referrals of older neighbours into our programmes from partner organisations;
  • Recruiting, training and managing volunteers;
  • Curating and organising social clubs; Managing relationships with older neighbours and supporting them with a range of needs and concerns through referral and direct intervention.

Programme Coordinators are managed by our Head of Programmes, who also oversees the growth and overall vision of our organisation. Our Development Coordinator raises vital funds by developing relationships with trusts, corporates and individuals in the community, and ensures our long term financial sustainability.

Check out who our team are, here.

Other costs associated with our programmes include:

  • Training for our staff and volunteers;
  • Volunteer expenses (e.g. DBS checks);
  • Subscriptions to web services and CRM systems to manage data (e.g. Zoom and Salesforce);
  • Venue hire and refreshments for group activities;
  • Printing and postage of monthly activities programme and remote activity packs.

Since we do not own facilities, we are able to keep our overhead expenses relatively low, which currently include insurance, accounting, management and fundraising.

See Manchester Cares' accounts on the Charity Commission website here.

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