The Team

Our small core team work day-to-day to plan and deliver the projects and partnerships that connect people and build communities across Manchester. We have support from colleagues working in The Cares Family.

To contact us to get involved, or if you have a query, please see our email addresses below.

Laura Wilkinson (She/Her) - Head of Programmes

Laura oversees Manchester Cares’ programmes, as well as managing the team. 

When she’s not at work, you may find her camping in her van or cycling with her pals. Laura studied at the University of Manchester and after a few years of travelling and working abroad, came back to the city she loves so much. She is passionate about community, social integration and loves meeting new people.

Contact Laura if... you or your organisation want to work with Manchester Cares, or with general enquiries.

Email
[email protected]

Heather Madden (She/Her) - Programme Coordinator (Social Clubs)

Heather leads the social clubs programme at Manchester Cares, creating an exciting and diverse programme of activities for the neighbours each month. 

Heather grew up in North Manchester, and when she’s not at work she’ll normally be found walking up hills in the Peak District or seeing live music and theatre in the brilliant venues Manchester has to offer. Heather is passionate about history and learning and loves bringing an educational element to the clubs that she runs.

Contact Heather if... you want know more about our Social Clubs, or have an idea about a group activity.

Email
[email protected]

Vicky Harrold (She/Her) - Senior Programme Coordinator (Love Your Neighbour)

Vicky coordinates our Love Your Neighbour programme alongside Izzy, connecting younger and older neighbours for one-to-one friendship across our city. From just down the M6 in Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester has always been her destination for gigging and shopping. Outside of work, she can be found getting her hands dirty down her allotment in Levenshulme or tackling a DIY project or two.

Contact Vicky if… you want to know more about our Love Your Neighbour programme in Manchester.

Email
[email protected]

Izzy Zimšek (She/Her) - Programme Coordinator (Love Your Neighbour)

Izzy works with Vicky coordinating our Love Your Neighbour programme, which connects older and younger neighbours for weekly chats and one-to-one friendship. 

Izzy first moved to Manchester in 2011, and has recently moved back again after a few years of living in Colombia and Nottingham and travelling far and wide! She’s loving having old friends over for dinner, exploring Chorlton’s bars and charity shops, and meeting new people through volunteering and Spanish/French language groups. 

Contact Izzy if... you’d like to know more about Love Your Neighbour, refer an older person to take part, or join our network

Email
[email protected]

Naomi Weaver (She/Her) - Voluntere & Outreach Coordinator

Naomi meets new older and younger neighbours across Manchester and connects them to our network and wider community. She also works closely with our many community partners to be able to meet neighbours and to better connect our network to what's going on locally.

From the Midlands, then Edinburgh, Naomi came to Manchester 4 years ago because of the cities social history, music, and cultural venues. Outside of work you’ll find her in a dance class, walking up a hill, or just dancing to an upbeat tune in her kitchen.

Email
[email protected]