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The Cares Family is a group of community networks of younger and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing cities. We do this because while our big cities are amazing – full of cultural and economic opportunities and hotbeds of innovation – they can also be anonymous, isolating and lonely. In fact, the UK is considered to be the ‘loneliness capital of Europe’ – with our biggest cities the very most isolating.

This is especially the case for older people whose social networks may have frayed over time and whose communities are transforming faster than ever before due to globalisation, gentrification, digitisation, transience and housing bubbles; and for young people in their 20s and 30s facing work and social media pressures and living far from friends and family. The result is that our generations are experiencing a dual ‘loneliness epidemic’, with severe implications for individuals, communities and society at large.

Over the past eight years, The Cares Family has grown from a small grassroots project into a national leader helping to reduce loneliness at both the community and systemic levels. All told, North London Cares (opened 2011), South London Cares (2014), Manchester Cares (2017), Liverpool Cares (2018) and East London Cares (2019) have now brought 17,000 older and younger people together to share over 400,000 interactions3,600 social clubs and 19,000 one-to-one hours, and to feel closer to their communities even at a time of division.

Over the past four years in particular we have undergone accelerated growth, supported by a number of national partners including Nesta, The National Lottery Community Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Tudor Trust. In 2018, the former Prime Minister launched the government’s first ever loneliness strategy, which we helped shape, at a Cares Family event, and our Founder/CEO was named one of the inaugural 20 Obama Foundation Fellows, bringing new attention to our issues and our model. Our work has been featured in The Economist, The Guardian, The Telegraph and on BBC1’s News at Ten, and been supported by Stewart Lee, Florence and the Machine and Russell Howard.

Now, as we look to the future, we know we have redoubled potential. We are scoping the possibility of further expansion and we are also broadening our mission to ensure that our model meets its moment of potential, with plans for new pilots, projects, partnerships and campaigns to bring different groups together to tackle broader ‘disconnection in a connected age’.

To achieve that, we need to consolidate our progress over recent years and get ready for the future. That’s why we are looking for two or three new trustees to help bring new skills and perspectives to the organisation. We are particularly looking for trustees with deep experience scaling national charity organisations, with legal experience, and with roots in Manchester, Liverpool and east London. And we are looking for diversity – to help us make better decisions and to better represent the communities we work in.

You will need to attend four board meetings plus one strategy away day per year, and to work with our Chair, Chief Executive and the rest of our Board of Trustees to help The Cares Family meet its strategic objectives over a four-year term.

To apply, please send a CV and cover note to [email protected], explaining why you think you are right for the role(s) and what you can contribute over the coming years. Successful candidates will initially be invited to meet The Cares Family Chair and CEO.


We are looking for:

Trustees with legal experience who will:

Trustees with charity leadership experience who will:

Trustees with roots in Manchester, Liverpool and east London who will:

Trustees from diverse backgrounds who will:

All trustees will:

The Cares Family seeks to live our values (kindness, community, trust, bravery, learning) in everything we do. We are proactively seeking candidates from diverse backgrounds for these trustee positions.

Please note that all trustee positions are voluntary positions. 

To apply, please send a CV and cover note to [email protected], explaining why you think you are right for the role(s) and what you can contribute over the coming years. Successful candidates will initially be invited to meet The Cares Family Chair and CEO.

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