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We're hiring: join The Cares Family as a Partnerships Manager (Trusts and Corporate)

Posted by Johanna Brooks on 12th August 2021

Partnerships Manager (Trusts and Corporate)


  • Full-time, permanent contract (37.5 hours per week)
  • £29,000-£33,000 (dependent on experience)
  • 26 days holiday per year plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • Staff counselling service
  • Fully remote during the pandemic, then based in London, Liverpool or Manchester, though we have flexible and remote working arrangements in place.

The Cares Family is an anti-racist organisation committed to advancing anti-racism. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, who are under-represented in our organisation. We are an equal opportunities employer.


The Cares Family helps people find community and connection in a disconnected age. Our objectives are to reduce loneliness and isolation by creating and supporting meaningful mutual relationships between people who might not otherwise interact; to help people feel belonging, purpose and power in a rapidly changing world; and to bring people together to reduce the gaps across social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides.

Over the past nine years, we have worked towards that mission by building five local charities in big cities, which each bring older and younger people together to share time, new experiences and friendship. We have focused here because older and younger people are most at risk of loneliness, particularly in cities that can feel anonymous and isolating. Those charities – North London Cares (established 2011), South London Cares (2014), Manchester Cares (2017), Liverpool Cares (2018) and East London Cares (2019), have connected some 25,000 older and younger neighbours to share over 600,000 interactions and 140,000 hours.

Now, we have expanded our approach to help more people find connection in disconnecting times through our ‘Action, Voice, Power’ strategy. We have started a new 3G project bringing young children and their parents (themselves amongst the loneliest in the UK) together with older neighbours. We are developing a Multiplier, to help 50 people to progress their own projects in their own communities in their own ways. We are working to raise up the stories of people whose relationships across perceived divides have helped them feel valued and visible. And we are exploring new ways to drive systemic and culture change so that more people can feel part of our changing world, rather than left behind by it.

That vision is built on the back of nine years of progress, through which our work has influenced the creation of the world’s first-ever government loneliness strategy which was launched by the former Prime Minister at a Cares Family event; and nine years of recognition at home and abroad. Our work has featured in The Economist, The Guardian, The Times, the Chicago Tribune and on BBC and Channel 4 News, and our Founder has been recognised as one of the inaugural 20 Obama Fellows. The Cares Family is therefore at a moment of opportunity to make an even bigger difference in the future, and we’re looking for a new colleague who can help us to achieve that mission of building a world that is kinder, more connected and more empathetic.


In your role as The Cares Family’s Partnerships Manager (Trusts and Corporate) , you will work closely and collaboratively with our Head of Development, Grants Coordinator and five regional Development Coordinators, to provide exceptional relationship management for our active grants and portfolio of hundreds of Trusts and Foundations (80% of the role); identifying new opportunities and engaging with new and existing funders through composing timely and high quality written proposals and impact reports, and ensuring stellar stewardship and relationship management face to face, on the phone and in writing to maximise opportunities, uplift gifts and secure new income for The Cares Family.

You will also support the Trust function through direct line management of our Grants Coordinator to succeed and reach targets in terms of outputs and income; and supporting the Head of Development in reviewing, and overseeing submissions of proposals and impact reports across The Cares Family.

This role will also support our growing Corporate Partnerships function to thrive (20%), working closely with the Head of Community Fundraising and the Development of Director in order to secure new partnerships and leverage new income.

You will also directly line manage our Corporate Partnerships Engagement Coordinator, who manages and oversees our corporate employee engagement and volunteering opportunities. This includes ensuring effective communications and collaboration with delivery teams to fulfill the objectives of each partnership agreement.

This is an exciting time to join our ambitious fundraising team. Both our Trust and Corporate functions have grown significantly over the past two years. This role will crucially enable the team to build on its successes to date to maximise opportunities, steward our growing portfolios, secure new partnerships and raise vital new income, and contribute to an organised, collaborative and motivated team culture.

With so much of this role depending on excellent account management, we need a real people person and someone who has a track record in securing new income. This role is also highly collaborative, and therefore, we also need you to be an enthusiastic team player and passionate about sharing your knowledge, skills and experience with our dedicated team to facilitate success.

If that sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you.

This is a task-based application, so we are not accepting CVs. The full job description and details on how to apply are linked below – please read them carefully before submitting your application.

Deadline: 11:59 pm on Sunday 19th September 2021.

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Thank you for considering a donation to The Cares Family. Your gift will help to tackle loneliness and build connection and community in a disconnected world. Our work is powered by people – so please chip in if you can.

The Cares Family is a UK registered company (10236615) and registered charity (no. 1180638). North London Cares is a UK registered company (07737818) and registered charity (1153137). South London Cares is a UK registered company (8757344) and registered charity (1157401). Manchester Cares is a UK registered company (10893107) and registered charity (1176902). Liverpool Cares is a UK registered company (11166325) and registered charity (no. 1177749). East London Cares is a UK registered company (11809555) and registered charity (no. 1186012).