The Story So Far


May 2010

Our founder Alex met isolated older neighbour Fred and took him for his first haircut in 3 months, inspiring the idea for The Cares Family. Watch the video >>

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The first sister in The Cares Family, North London Cares, opened in 2011. South London Cares opened in 2014. And in 2016, with investment from Nesta and The Big Lottery, we began working in additional cities that could benefit from the Cares approach. Another bustling, vibrant city with meaning, a strong heritage and a rapidly emerging future, Manchester was the obvious choice. 

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After speaking to other voluntary groups in the community, Manchester City Council and local health and social care professionals, Manchester Cares opened in November 2017. We began our work with proactive Outreach – identifying older neighbours in rapidly-changing Ancoats who'd love to be part of Manchester Cares.

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In early 2018 we expanded our work with our first Winter Wellbeing project connecting older and younger people during the bitterly cold snap, growing our Social Clubs programme and recruiting our first community fundraisers. This work will grow even more throughout 2018. Watch this space!

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