Manchester Cares

Creating connections across Manchester

Love Your Neighbour matches young volunteers (18+) with older neighbours (65+) for one to one friendships through weekly home visits or regular phone calls. The programme provides meaningful connection for those most at risk of isolation and loneliness.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1176902)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£10,041

Donations

47

Championed by The EQ Foundation

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind

Location

United Kingdom

  • "I haven’t been able to go out in 12 weeks because I’m classed as vulnerable. It has been hard. It’s good to talk to someone, someone you get on with. We can talk about health problems, things to pass the time, what we’ve been up to in lockdown”

    — Charles, older neighbour (69)

  • “I have really enjoyed getting to know Gloria (69), we have spoken a lot about the Black Lives Matter Movement, which I have found really comforting. We have even discovered that my Nan and her mum are from same place in Jamaica!"

    — Rheanne, volunteer (28)

  • "We just clicked and now we are great friends. You could get people who think, it’s only an hour, but that hour is special and I really look forward to that hour"

    — Jean, older neighbour (81)

Situation

Older neighbours with deep roots in our communities, often have few connections in modern Manchester and struggle to leave their homes due to poor health. Meanwhile, Manchester’s growing class of younger neighbours can have connections around the world, but no meaningful roots in their neighbourhoods. Covid-19 has further isolated both groups, with many over 65s shielding alone and reported loneliness amongst 18-24 year olds more than doubling since lockdown.

Solution

Love Your Neighbour creates one-to-one friendships between neighbours who are increasingly living side by side, but seldom have the opportunity to interact. Your support will enable us to create and sustain 60 matches for as long as Covid-19 continues and in the recovery. Younger neighbours will bring the outside world in through weekly home visits and, during lockdown, phone friendships. Neighbours are matched based on shared interests to build long lasting and mutually beneficial friendships.