CharityDetail

What it does
    A community network of young professionals and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in a rapidly changing city. Through Social Clubs, one-to-one Love Your Neighbour friendships, Outreach and Community Fundraising, the charity aims to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older and younger Mancunians, improve wellbeing, confidence and power, and bridge social/generational divides.
Who it helps
  • Children/young People
  • Elderly/old People
Sector(s) covered
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • Disability
  • Economic/community Development/employment
Where it operates
  • Manchester City
UN SDGs:
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Financial Data ?
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus/
Deficit
Filed on
31/08/2018 £105,987 £97,448 £8,539 05/12/2018
Donations received ?

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 3 grant making charities totalling £172,953

Amount/
When
Donor To be used for
£1,000
15/12/2019
The EQ Foundation Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019
£6,953
15/11/2019
Co-Operative Group We want to spread happiness by holding 100 Social Clubs for older and younger neighbours to help tackle isolation and loneliness.
£165,000
14/02/2019
The Charity of Sir Richard Whittington East London Cares; bringing together young professionals and older people to reduce loneliness
How effective is it?
Community Networks

Description: Community Network Services support people through social clubs, community fundraising events and the Love Your Neighbour programme, creating one-to-one friendships between young professionals and older neighbours. Group activities could include film nights, dance parties, new technology workshops, choir sessions, men's cooking classes and 'Desert Island Disc' nights. Older and younger community members share time, laughter, friendship and new experiences to help those who may struggle to get out and feel part of their community

Objectives: To reduce isolation and loneliness amongst the elderly and young people

Intervention period: Ongoing social clubs and community work throughout the year

Beneficiaries: Young people and the elderly

Outputs Outcomes
31/08/2017-30/08/2018
300 Young professionals using the community network
300 Elderly neighbours using the community network
80 Social Clubs hosted
Those involved in the community benefited from...2000 Interactions across social and generational lines
Winter Wellbeing Programme

Description: The programme reaches out to support people over 65, helping them stay warm, active, and connected at a challenging time of year. Support includes knocking on doors of older neighbours to check in and let them know they are not alone, delivering hot water bottles, blankets or thermal items of clothing to homes, signposting to organisations who can help keep homes warm and safe, providing benefits advice and help reducing bills, help in accessing physical and mental health services, arranging small grants for those in extremely difficult circumstances, offering to pay bills and buy food vouchers where applicable, and help in finding social activities in the local area. Outreach is made at sheltered housing units, GP surgeries, libraries, community centres, pharmacies, and community events to give older neighbours the best chance to re-connect with their communities and ease anxieties

Objectives: To reduce isolation and loneliness amongst the elderly and young people

Intervention period: Seasonal through Winter

Beneficiaries: Young people and the elderly

Outputs Outcomes
31/08/2017-30/08/2018
354 Face-to-face conversations with older neighbours over the Winter period
Those involved in the seasonal programme benefited from...£560 Distributed over 7 grants to aid services
The seasonal programme gave...126 Older people the opportunity to connect with local activities and Council services
Documents
MCR Cares Ltd_Annual Report 2018 Programme Report Download Document
Management
MCR Cares Limited is a wholly independent charity – affiliated by brand, six joint trustees, and four shared staff members to independent ‘sibling’ organisations NL Cares Limited, SL Cares Limited, Liverpool Cares Limited and The Cares Family Limited, which as independent organisations each report their annual accounts separately. The organisations share learning and some economies of scale, with a shared Chief Executive, Director of Operations, Head of Development and Partnerships Co-ordinator working across all branches. Alex Smith is CEO and founder of MCR Cares and The Cares Family independent ‘sibling’ organisations. He was formerly an aide to Ed Miliband and editor of one of the biggest political websites in the UK. He is a governor at Holloway School and was a volunteer during the 2012 Olympics. He has been awarded two UnLtd social enterprise awards for his work founding North London Cares in 2011 and South London Cares in 2014. In 2018 he became one of 20 inaugural Obama Fellows in recognition of his work building communities to reduce loneliness and polarisation.
Governance
Main office

Floor 2
22 Lever Street
Manchester
M1 1EA

Legal constitution
  • UK Charity, number: 1176902
  • First registered on 30/01/2018
Objectives

2.1 TO PROMOTE SOCIAL INCLUSION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT AMONGST PEOPLE AGED OVER 55 IN THE CITY OF MANCHESTER WHO DO NOT REGULARLY PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY LIFE AS THEY DO NOT HAVE LARGE OR STRONG NETWORKS OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY AROUND THEM, WHO ARE LONELY OR ISOLATED, AND WHO ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY ACCESSING STATUTORY AND NON-STATUTORY SERVICES BECAUSE THEY ARE HOUSE-BOUND, IMMOBILE, UNABLE TO DRIVE OR TO EASILY ACCESS TRANSPORT, BY THE PROVISION OF: (A) A "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR" PROGRAMME, WHICH MATCHES YOUNG PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEERS TO OFFER A LITTLE EXTRA PRACTICAL SUPPORT WITH EVERY DAY TASKS, OR A LITTLE ADDED COMPANIONSHIP (B) A "SOCIAL CLUBS" PROGRAMME, WHICH PROVIDES REGULAR ACTIVITIES WITHIN COMMUNITY CENTRES, CAFES, PARKS AND OTHER TRUSTED HUBS OF THE COMMUNITY TO BRING OLDER PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH PEERS AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TO SHARE NEW EXPERIENCES AND BUILD FRIENDSHIPS; AND (C) SUCH OTHER PROGRAMMES DEEMED APPROPRIATE AND VIABLE BY THE CHARITY'S LEADERSHIP. 2.2 TO ADVANCE IN LIFE AND HELP YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH: (A) THE PROVISION OF RECREATIONAL AND LEISURE TIME ACTIVITIES PROVIDED IN THE INTERESTS OF SOCIAL WELFARE, DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THEIR CONDITIONS OF LIFE; AND (B) PROVIDING SUPPORT AND ACTIVITIES WHICH DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS, CAPACITIES AND CAPABILITIES TO ENABLE THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN SOCIETY AS MATURE AND RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS.