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NEW The latest news from United for All Ages - see our November newsletter here

NEW Intergenerational Learning in Practice - a wide-ranging book with chapters on innovative projects from the UK and elsewhere in Europe, USA and Australia for practitioners, professionals and academics can be purchased here

NEW The Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit - developed over 15 years by Generations United and Dr Shannon Jarrott in the USA, this is a crucial tool for measuring impact

NEW Rethinking intergenerational housing - Matter Architecture has researched how people of all ages and backgrounds can live independent lives in housing that enables them to share knowledge, skills and experience. See the online resource 

Third meeting of Intergenerational Housing Network - see the minutes from 17 October meeting in Westminster and the presentations by Roland Karthaus of Matter Architecture and Alan Marples of Riverside

Submissions to the APPG on Social Integration inquiry into intergenerational connection - see United for All Ages' evidence on co-location and the Intergenerational Housing Network's evidence on intergenerational housing

#AllAgesAugust - what are you doing in August? Share fun, activities and experiences with other generations - flyer here and news release here

Intergenerational Housing Network - its second meeting on 2 July in Leeds featured presentations by Beryl Gillespie of CHS Group, Jennifer Challinor of Crichton Trust and Deborah Fox of Homeshare UK, plus minutes here. Please contact Stephen Burke if you want to join the network - the next meeting is in London on 17 October

The Best of Both Worlds - the new report by Generations United and the Eisner Foundation sets out how to create more intergenerational shared sites bringing older and younger people together across the USA. Report and news release here

Healing the Generational Divide - we have warmly welcomed the new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration on creating communities for all ages, bringing older and younger people together, tackling division and ageism, and building trust and understanding between generations

The next generation: how intergenerational  interaction improves life chances for children and young people - see United for All Ages' latest report and news release on how mixing with  older people  boosts children's skills, confidence and opportunities while tackling ageism and loneliness #thenextgeneration

Intergenerational Housing Network - following the first meeting of the network on 21 March, download presentations by Emma Garland and by Gill Taylor and Yasmin Drakes plus the minutes. Please contact Stephen Burke if you want to join the network

Are you a nursery practitioner or nanny looking to link with an older people's care home or housing scheme? Then see our new guides to getting started, created with Tinies Childcare, the UK's largest network of childcare agencies supporting childcare professionals in permanent or temporary employment

Help create 500 centres for all ages across the UK by 2023 – in spring 2019 we ran a series of free regional workshops to help make it happen - in Leeds (27 Feb), Manchester (28 Feb), Peterborough (5 Mar), London (6 Mar) and Bristol (7 Mar). Watch this space for further events.

BBC consultation on free TV licences for people aged over 75 - intergenerational fairness needs a proper review of taxation, not tinkering with TV licences. Read United for All Ages' response

How nurseries can share sites with care homes – co-location of care was featured at the Nursery World Business Summit in November 2018 with a presentation by United for All Ages

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 with a local care home. Five social and economic reasons why care homes should adopt an intergenerational approach here.

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

Making co-location of care happen – 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

Parliamentary inquiries tackle intergenerational issues – read our responses to inquiries by the Lords economic affairs select committee on care funding, the social integration APPG on intergenerational connection, and the Lords select committee on intergenerational fairness

A Life Less Lonely by Nick Duerden – great new book on tackling loneliness features centres for all ages like care-home nurseries. United for All Ages supporters can get 30% off the RRP using code KINDER30 at the checkout at www.bloomsbury.com

#mixingmatters – United for All Ages’ report on how shared sites can bring older and younger people together to promote intergenerational care and learning, housing and communities. See Mixing Matters

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

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

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

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

A Country for All Ages: ending age apartheid in Brexit Britain: United for All Ages’ report on how different generations can be brought together – see report

Creating age-friendly cities – a Parliamentary briefing for national and local politicians, planners, housing and transport providers

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!

Social Integration Commission – looking at how we mix across age, income and race. Three reports have been published by The Challenge together with the British Integration Survey 2016.

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.

What we say

A ‘think and do’ tank and social enterprise bringing older and younger people together, United for All Ages has been developed by Stephen Burke and Denise Burke. It builds on their experience working with people of all ages. United for All Ages is working to bring people of all generations together through shared sites, shared activities and shared interests to create a Britain for all ages.​

Read us here:

NEW See our recent letters to the national press: The Observer (bringing Britain together), The Times (free personal care) and The Guardian (centres for all ages)

 

Grassroots action to tackle age segregation - The Big Middle podcast interview with Stephen Burke

Building positive futures through intergenerational contact - Early Years Educator

Taking from the old to give to the young - Stephen Burke's letter in The Guardian on the House of Lords select committee report on tackling intergenerational unfairness 

Playtime with nursery toddlers revitalises care home residents - in The Times Read the executive summary of the research at Nightingale House

NEW Care Home Professional features good practice in intergenerational care - Care Home Professional

The March edition of Care Talk has an intergenerational theme with lots of articles about what's happening in the UK - Care Talk

Five reasons your care home should adopt an intergenerational approach - Insequa blog

Mixing the growing and the greying benefits divided Britain - Sky News

How the elderly can help the young  - and help themselves - in The Observer

Baby boomers led the cult of youth. Now we should heed the wisdom of age - in The Observer

Workshops pave the way to bringing young and old together - in Nursery World

Tots and elderly are great for each other - in Daily Mirror

Toddlers help 'light up' faces of care home residents - BBC Online

 

Ambitious intergenerational co-location project unveiled - in Nursery World

Children in care homes: it makes residents feel more human -in The Guardian

When Beryl, 86, met Scarlett, four - love and affection across the ages - in The Observer

New series of show that unites nursery children with the older generation - in Nursery World

Shared spaces build a stronger country – read Stephen Burke’s letter in The Guardian

Intergenerational care – practical advice from Denise Burke on Early Years TV

The sky's the limit for intergenerational action - Stephen Burke's feature in Care Home Environment

Unite the generations – read Stephen Burke’s letter in The Observer(scroll down)

Uniting three generations through training tomorrow’s carers – Stephen Burke in Nursery World

Holding back the years – BBC1 TV programme on the care-home nursery with Stephen Burke, watch from 33 minutes

Help all ages to mix for a healthier society – Stephen Burke in The Guardian

Why parents think the care-home nursery is a game changer – Stephen Burke in Huffington Post

Build care homes by schools to mix generations – Stephen Burke in The Times

Lessons for life: a primary school hosts a day centre for older people – Stephen Burke in The Guardian

Ending age apartheid – Stephen Burke in Public Sector Focus

It’s like being reborn: inside the care home opening its doors to toddlers – Stephen Burke in The Guardian

The first care-home nursery in the UK – Denise Burke in Nursery World

Interview on intergenerational care – Stephen Burke in Nursery World

The American care model that benefits old and young alike – and could come to the UK soon – in The Observer here

Private care home residents pay £10,000 a year stealth tax – in Daily Telegraph here

Families get tougher on quality of care services – in Daily Telegraph here

Intergenerational care: bringing old and young together – in Nursery World here

The gap between old and young must be bridged – read Daily Telegraph editorial here

Underfunding of social care stores up trouble for the future – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Increased longevity means working practices must change – read Stephen Burke in The Observer here

The consequences of Brexit for care – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Five ways to survive a three generation household – read Stephen Burke at the BBC here

Elderly in care homes forced to accept price hikes at short notice – read Stephen Burke in Daily Telegraph here

Plummeting satisfaction with home care due to short visits and staff attitudes – read Stephen Burke in Daily Mail here

Shortage of places puts free 30 hours childcare in doubt – read Stephen Burke in Nursery World here

Social care crisis can be tackled – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Are Trip Advisor-style ratings the best way to measure social care services? – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Care Quality Commission Annual Report 2015 – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

We must rethink society to be fair to all age groups – read Stephen Burke in The Observer here

Questions re council tax rise to pay for care – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Care costs cap delay – government urged to resolve funding crisis – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Five things the next government should pledge for older people – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Older people as voters – special edition of Quality in Ageing and Older Adults edited by Stephen Burke here

Help older people to solve the housing crisis – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

CCTV in care homes – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Old and young must unite to solve Britain’s problems – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Poor care shown by Panorama ‘tip of the iceberg’ – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Investment needed to improve quality of home care – read Stephen Burke in The Guardian here

Making universal childcare a reality – see Denise Burke’s letter to The Guardian here

We all benefit when society engages with older people – see Stephen Burke’s letter to The Observer here

Lack of housing choice for older people – see what Stephen Burke says here

Letter to The Guardian: sorting out childcare – read Stephen Burke here

Letter to The Guardian: sorting out eldercare – read Stephen Burke here

Care for children and older people remains undervalued and underfunded – read Stephen Burke here

Three reasons to be fearful about care cap – read Stephen Burke here

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults – special intergenerational issue. Guest-edited by United for All Ages, this special edition has ten articles about how action for all ages is the key to tackling social and economic issues from health, care and loneliness to work, housing and theatre. More details here

Shared experiences – we’re better when we’re united for all ages – read Stephen Burke here

Some childcare problems are easy to fix – read Denise Burke here

Invisible army of carers must get support – read Denise Burke here

Older people deserve better designs for living – read Stephen Burke here

Austerity: the rise of the Royle family lifestyle – read the article here

Winners of the 2011 Awards for All Ages – read winners' brochure

A cure for prevention? – read Stephen Burke on an early offer of help for older people here

Investing in the future – read the policy paper

Nothing is for free – read Stephen Burke here

All you need to know about Dilnot – read the article here

The zombie plans for health and care – read the article here

A new way to pay for care – read Stephen Burke here

Rising care costs test generational ties – read the article here

A fairer way to pay for care – read Stephen Burke here

Awards for all ages – read Stephen Burke here

Shared centres for all ages could help beat cuts – read Stephen Burke here

United or Divided - read our first policy paper here

Explain, explain, explain – read Stephen Burke here

There’s no place in the Big Society for our forgotten older generation – read the article here

A silver lining? – read Stephen Burke here

Parents defend children’s centres – read interview with Denise Burke here

Councils commissioning the third sector – read Stephen Burke on The Guardian’s local government network panel here and here

The closure of children’s centres is not inevitable – letter from Denise and Stephen Burke here

Brand new year – read Stephen Burke here

Nursery funding for two year olds – interview with Denise Burke here

Why we are sending Christmas cards – read Stephen Burke here

Getting down to business – read Stephen Burke here

Tough times call for risk taking – read Stephen Burke here

Going public – read Stephen Burke here

Giving better advice about care – read Stephen Burke here

The council and charity collaboration – read Stephen Burke here

National care service – what’s the  big idea? – read Stephen Burke here

A future for long term care – read Stephen Burke here

Grey eminence – interview with Stephen Burke here