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.

Lauren Banks - Projects Officer, Social Clubs

Lauren leads on designing and delivering a varied programme of Social Clubs for our growing network of younger and older neighbours. Previously Lauren worked as a freelance producer in the arts sector with a focus on socially engaged projects and events in and around Manchester. 

Contact Lauren if... you’d like to hear more about our Social Clubs, have an idea for a group activity or would like to get involved.

Email
[email protected]

Amy Saunders - Volunteer and Outreach Officer

Amy manages our growing volunteer network, and leads on reaching older neighbours in Manchester – introducing them to Manchester Cares and our programmes. Amy previously worked with mental health charity, Mind, as Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator, based in Tameside.

Contact Amy if...you'd like to know more about volunteering with Manchester Cares or would like to speak to us about outreach in Manchester.

Email
[email protected]

Alex Khanyaghma - Development Officer

Alex supports individual donors, manages our fundraising events and cheers on Manchester Cares' challenge fundraisers. Previously Alex worked for a social integration charity, helping young people volunteer in Manchester.

Contact Alex if...you want to hold a fundraising event, donate to, or take on a challenge for Manchester Cares. 

Email
[email protected]

Vicky Harrold - Projects Officer (Love Your Neighbour)

Vicky manages our Love Your Neighbour programme, which aims to create genuine, long lasting friendships through connecting younger and older neighbours. Previously Vicky trained as a Wellbeing Practitioner supporting people to overcome anxiety and depression, and previously designed and delivered programmes to connect young people in their communities.

Contact Vicky if...you'd like to know more about the Love Your Neighbour programme or would like to refer an older person to be part of it.

Email
[email protected]

Rosa Friend - Head of Programmes (Northwest)

Rosa manages the team at Manchester Cares, and our sibling charity Liverpool Cares. Rosa has been part of the Cares Family since 2015, previously leading outreach, volunteer coordination and team management at South London Cares.

Contact Rosa if...you want to know more about what we do, or have general enquiries.

Alex Smith - Founder/Chief Executive (The Cares Family)

Alex is the founder and CEO of The Cares Family which is made up of Manchester Cares and sister charities North London Cares and South London Cares. He was formerly an aide to Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and editor of one of the biggest political websites in the UK. Alex has won multiple awards for creating The Cares Family and has been working to make Manchester Cares a reality since 2015.

Email
[email protected]

Tess Young - Director of Operations (The Cares Family)

Tess leads on operations across the Cares Family which is made up of Manchester Cares, North London Cares and South London Cares. Tess was the first member of the South London Cares team when it was founded in 2014. Previously, Tess worked on inter-faith relations in communities around Britain and internationally.

Email
[email protected]

Emily Quilter - Director of Development (The Cares Family)

Emily coordinates and manages the fundraising strategy for Manchester Cares and our sibling charities, North London Cares and South London Cares. Previously, Emily worked as Development Manager at charity Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Email
[email protected]

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