Three independent evaluations of The Cares Family have shown the difference relationships between older and younger people and across other perceived social divides can make.
The first evaluation, in 2014, showed that:
- 73% of older neighbours involved said their isolation was reduced as a result of being part of The Cares Family;
- 76% of older neighbours felt they had access to a greater range of experiences;
- 86% of older neighbours were better able to appreciate the changing world as a result of sharing time with their younger friends, and 77% said their relations with young people had improved;
- 98% of younger people involved felt closer to the community as a result;
- 97% of younger people felt more able to appreciate older people.
In 2016, a second evaluation showed how:
- Older people feel happier, closer to the community, and that they have more people who they can rely on;
- Older and younger people alike feel “part of something bigger” than their own lives.
A third evaluation, published in 2019, showed that, as a result of being part of The Cares Family older and younger people alike felt:
- Reduced loneliness and isolation (with stronger results for older neighbours the more intensely they participated).
- Improved understanding across generations.
- A sense of belonging to a community.
- An increased connection to self.
As well as improving individual lives and community togetherness, The Cares Family has also had a major impact at the systemic level. In 2018, the then Prime Minister launched the world's first ever government-level loneliness strategy, which we lobbied for and helped shape, at a Cares Family social club.
We have received coverage in The Economist, The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph and on BBC1’s News At Ten and Channel 4 and Sky News as well as through cultural figures including Russell Howard, Stewart Lee and Florence and the Machine.
And in 2018, our Founder and CEO was appointed one of the inaugural 20 Obama Fellows, selected from 21,000 applicants around the world – amplifying the importance of our issues and our model around the world. A film about our work, retweeted by Barack Obama in 2018, was viewed 1.5 million times in three days, and Obama tweeted again about our work during the Covid-19 crisis in 2020.