Shared school and care home sites can bridge age divide, says report

Shared sites integrating schools and care homes can help bridge the age divide in the UK, a report argues.

Mixing Matters by social enterprise United for All Ages calls for the creation of 500 shared sites across the country by 2022 to end ‘age apartheid’ in Brexit Britain.

Stephen Burke, director of United for All Ages, said: “The joy of mixing can unite Brexit Britain in these divided times. As surveys repeatedly show, older and younger generations have much more in common than some would have us believe. Now’s the time to make shared sites happen because mixing matters for everybody.”

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The report highlights the Nightingale Hammerson’s care home nursery in South London (see First of its kind care home nursery opens).

As well as the creation of more shared care home and nursery sites, the report calls for the location of reception and primary school classes in care homes as pioneered in the US.

It argues care home visits should be part of the national curriculum in order to hep ageism and combat the stigmatism attached to dementia.

The report features contributions from 20 national organisations concerned about improving relations between the generations – ranging from Anchor and the Intergenerational Foundation to St Monica Trust and New Economics Foundation.

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