Our big cities are amazing. They’re full of history, culture, innovation and people from all over the world. But as our modern world moves at breakneck speed, our cities can also leave people feeling anonymous, isolated and lonely.
This is particularly the case for older people whose social networks may have frayed and whose communities are transforming faster than ever before due to globalisation, gentrification, digitisation, transience and housing bubbles; and for younger people facing work and social media pressures and often living far from friends and family.
Increasingly, as our cities transform, those two groups are living in parallel worlds. That separation wastes human potential, entrenches loneliness and isolation, perpetuates division, and is ultimately corrosive for our society.
That’s why The Cares Family brings older and younger people together – to share time, laughter, new experiences and friendship – so that everyone can feel part of our changing cities, rather than left behind by them.
- Reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older and younger people alike;
- Improve neighbours’ connection, confidence, belonging, purpose and power;
- Bring people together to bridge the gaps across social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides.
The Cares Family's local branches operate four core programmes to reduce loneliness and bring the generations together:
- Social Clubs are group activities which offer an anchor of shared time, laughter, new experiences and friendship. Three to six sessions a week in each of our city locations include dance parties, new technology workshops, ‘back to work’ business visits, ‘Desert Island Discs’ nights and more.
- Love Your Neighbour brings older and younger neighbours together to build one-to-one friendships and to help people build memories and meaning. Friends spend one or two hours a week having a chat, playing board games or sharing a meal to gain a little extra reflection and pause – bringing the outside world in for people who can struggle to get out.
- Our proactive Outreach is how we identify and invite older and younger people to be part of the community. We meet older people through door-knocking, at chemists and GP surgeries, at food banks and in betting shops, supermarkets, libraries, pubs, faith groups and community centres. And we mobilise young people through powerful online storytelling, partnerships with corporates and through growing social networks.
- Community Fundraising offers a fourth way for younger and older neighbours to share new experiences and to connect to the changing world. Events, challenges, partnerships and online campaigns all offer the chance for neighbours to share fresh camaraderie, as well as to raise the funds that keep all their activities free.
Find out more and discover how you can be part of your community through the links below.