Manchester Neighbourhood Care Groups Association
The Manchester Neighbourhood Care Groups Association provides services for older people living in the areas of Burnage, Chorlton, Didsbury, Fallowfield, Northern Moor, Sale, and Withington. The Association is composed of seven individual care groups which operate in these areas. Many of these care groups have been in operation since the 1970s and have had a huge impact on people’s lives. In 2006, Valuing Older People identified 175 older people living in the areas of Burnage and Didsbury alone who identified themselves as isolated.
We are trying to tackle this situation head on by finding people to act as good neighbours who can help these people with simple jobs such as shopping and basic DIY. We also need volunteers who can make weekly phone calls to older people for a quick chat, and visit them in person periodically. We are hoping to have volunteers from all backgrounds to enhance the diversity of our volunteer network. We place a huge amount of value upon our volunteers as without them we simply could not operate as successfully as we do. We provide our volunteers with a comprehensive induction pack as well as optional training throughout their work with us. We have an excellent support network in place for anyone wishing to work with us, and we promise they will become a part of our community.