United for All Ages builds stronger communities and a stronger country by bringing younger and older people together and promoting a Britain for all ages. Rather than dividing generations, social and economic policies and programmes should unite all ages.
Everyone should have the chance to work, somewhere decent to live and support for families with caring responsibilities. Underpinning action on homes, care and jobs should be fair taxation, shifting the balance from taxing income to taxing wealth.
Taking care of all generations highlights our interdependence. Let’s focus on what unites us – our mutual hopes and concerns; prevention being better than cure; technology working for all; support throughout life; and giving power to people.
We can create a Britain for all ages. To make progress, we need leadership and a new spirit in Britain that uses the assets and the contributions of citizens of all ages.
United for All Ages is a ‘think and do’ tank and social enterprise developing new ‘all ages’ approaches to key social and economic issues – from housing and care to work and technology.
We work with a wide range of national and local organisations to do things differently in our ageing society, building communities for all ages and developing shared sites where care and housing schemes are co-located with nurseries and schools. Join our network
#mixingmatters – United for All Ages’ new report published in January: Mixing Matters: how shared sites can bring older and younger people together and unite Brexit Britain – download Mixing Matters and News release
First primary school to host a day centre for older people with dementia – launched recently in Redbridge, the day centre at Downshall primary school brings together older people and children to learn and grow together. Featured on BBC Breakfast TV and in The Guardian
National conference: Housing: exploring the way forward for an ageing population – following the recent select committee report on improving housing options for older people, this conference in London on 21 March is timely – details here
Making co-location of care happen in the UK – United for All Ages is working with providers of older people’s housing and care and of childcare to create shared sites bringing old and young together. For more on the ‘how to’, please contact us
Ending age apartheid – how the ‘care-home nursery’ can bring old and young together – our lecture to the Royal Society of Medicine’s Innovations Summit
The first ‘shared site’ in this country opened in 2017 – Apples & Honey nursery opened at Nightingale House, a care home, bringing older and young people together with their families. Lovely BBC news film here. It’s the first example in the UK of a shared site with integrated activities, following the USA, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Canada and elsewhere in Europe. See more here and here
Getting involved – many local groups are contacting us about building links between care homes and informal childcare. Here are some Tips for parent and toddler groups planning activities in a local care home
Making bridges with music –Evaluation Report by Plymouth University of Torbay council’s music project bringing older and young people together with childminders and care homes
How downsizing home can help all generations – see United for All Ages’ submission to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into housing for older people
Families get tougher on quality of care – the latest analysis of reviews left on Good Care Guide. See news release
Creating age-friendly cities – a Parliamentary briefing for national and local politicians, planners, housing and transport providers
Tackling the care crisis – see United for All Ages’ submission to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into care funding.
Intergenerational fairness – see United for All Ages’ submission to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into intergenerational fairness.
Fairness for all ages United for All Ages’ report Fairness for all ages – twenty radical ways to promote intergenerational equity features contributions from twenty national organisations on tackling inequality between generations
Downsizing home – United for All Ages’ latest website, www.downsizingdirect.com, encourages and supports older people and their families to downsize home. Providing free advice and practical support, the site aims to help older people to move to ‘the right place at the right time’ – a win-win for all generations
A Britain for All Ages – this report calls for a new contract between the generations, with ten ways to build a Britain where people of all ages can prosper. Read the report here See also this policy paper, A Future for All Ages
Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing – looking at the implications for all voluntary organisations of our ageing society. See the Commission’s website for its reports and get future-proofing!
Good Care Guide hosts millions of visits – the only website where families using childcare and eldercare can rate and review their care providers. See Channel 4 News about reviews on Good Care Guide, which was developed by United for All Ages and My Family Care to help families choose care and improve the quality of care. See Good Care Guide here
Cross Generational Housing – a report by Michael Keith on designing homes where three or more generations of the same family could live together under one roof, published by United for All Ages here
Scrap the Cap: ten reasons why the cap on care costs should be replaced (not just postponed) by a fairer way of funding care for older people. A campaign by National Pensioners Convention, Unison and United for All Ages
Awards for All Ages – the most recent winners were announced here. They show how action by and for all ages can tackle some of the big social issues facing Britain. See film of the presentation and the winners talking about their projects here.