United for All Ages helps build 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.
You may have seen TV coverage of children from nurseries mixing with older people living in care homes. Wouldn’t it be great if this happened in every community? If there was somewhere that older and younger people could mix and share activities and experiences.
The benefits of mixing are huge – from helping children learn and develop to reducing loneliness and improving the health of older people. And there are wider benefits for families and our society which is often segregated by age.
Bringing older and young people together can increase mutual understanding and tackle big issues like ageism and care. There are lots of different ways that ‘shared sites’ or ‘centres for all ages’ can be created.
The care-home nursery is perhaps the best known. There are also schools where older people’s services are based, and older people’s housing where students live. Plus many other examples. United for All Ages is working to develop shared sites like these across the UK.
Our aim is to support the development of 500 centres for all ages by 2023 – with at least one in every community. Wouldn’t that be great for everyone? You can help make it happen by supporting our crowdfunding appeal.
United for All Ages is a ‘think and do’ tank and social enterprise developing new ‘all ages’ approaches to key social and economic issues.
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 for example care and housing schemes are co-located with nurseries and schools. Join our network
NEW Help create 500 centres for all ages across the UK by 2023 – please support our crowdfunding appeal
Early Years TV interview on intergenerational care – Denise Burke gives practical advice and support to early years professionals looking to set up co-located care with nurseries and care homes here
The latest news from United for All Ages – our September 2018 newsletter
Learning from Intergenerational Housing Projects in the USA – this new report by Emma Garland following her Winston Churchill Fellowship in the USA has essential lessons for developing new housing schemes in the UK
Mixing and mending – a BBC video about the UK’s first intergenerational café in Liverpool where people of all ages mix and sew, bake and mend all sorts of things
All in Together – a report from Generations United and the Eisner Foundation on shared sites in the USA, creating places where older and younger can people thrive – full report here
Ofsted gives the green light for co-located care – Ofsted has issued guidance to its inspectors on registering and inspecting shared sites with childcare and eldercare services for younger and older people. The guidance covers scenarios involving nurseries and childminders based at care home sites and can be seen here
Starting Young: lifelong lessons from the USA – see Lorraine George’s report on intergenerational care and learning following her Winston Churchill Fellowship in the USA with recommendations for the UK
#mixingmatters – United for All Ages’ latest report on how shared sites can bring older and younger people together to promote intergenerational care and learning, housing and communities. See Mixing Matters
Fair, simple, personal, universal and sustainable – read our submission to the joint select committees’ inquiry into adult care funding
First primary school to host a day centre for older people with dementia – launched 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
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 providers 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 ‘care-home nursery’ in this country – 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.