Innovations in health and social care - The Cares Family, North London Cares, South London Cares, Manchester Cares

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Problem

Loneliness and isolation; social and generational divides.

Solution

Community networks of young professionals and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing cities. 

Evidence base

73% of older people say their isolation is reduced; 81% feel better connected to others; 86% are more able to appreciate the world; older people say they have more people to rely on and a closer sense of community. 

Expected impact

Reduce loneliness and isolation of younger and older people alike; improve neighbours' confidence, skills, wellbeing, connection, self-worth and power; bring people together across social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides. 

Stage/Spread

North London Cares – Camden and Islington; South London Cares –Southwark and Lambeth; Manchester Cares – the city of Manchester.

What would councils/health organisations/local areas need to do or have in place to enable it to happen? 

Have a sustainable plan to raise £200,000+ per year per branch; believe in the model; contact the CEO of The Cares Family: alex.smith@northlondoncares.org.uk.

Where to go for more information?

www.northlondoncares.org.uk / www.southlondoncares.org.uk / www.manchestercares.org.uk