Liverpool Cares is a community network of young professionals and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in our changing city.
We exist to address the modern blight of ‘disconnection in our connected age’. Our objectives are to:
Reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people and young professionals alike;
Improve the connection, confidence, skills, wellbeing, belonging, purpose and power of all participants;
Bring people together to bridge the gaps across generational, social, cultural and attitudinal divides.
We do this because our home city is a wonderful place, with music, laughter, and personality at its core. But the city we call home is now growing and changing at double speed, leaving many young professionals feeling anonymous and isolated, and many older neighbours feeling left out and left behind.
We bring these two groups together through our core programmes – our free, weekly group activities where younger and older neighbours come together and enjoy social time, swap stories and collaborate to learn new skills. These Social Clubs include Craft Clubs, Creative Writing workshops, Film Clubs, Pub Clubs, Board Games, , Singalongs, Shared Reading activities, Tech Workshops and Comedy Improv evenings. And for older neighbours who might struggle to get out, our one-to-one friendship scheme, matches a young professional volunteer with an older neighbour for weekly at-home visits.
Crucially, these activities are underpinned by our unique proactive Outreach, which identifies people most at risk of loneliness in our communities and invites them to get involved. We reach out to older neighbours over 65 – on their doorstep, at the supermarket, the GP surgery, chemist and at a range of community venues to raise awareness.