When the think tank ‘United for All Ages’ published its ‘Mixing Matters’ report back in January 2018, Castle Lane took up the challenge to help tackle growing social divides in Britain. The report found Britain to be one of the most age segregated countries in the world, particularly for the oldest and youngest generations, noting that this gap has widened over the last 50 years. The United for All Ages report made three key recommendations for bringing older and younger people together:
- Building multigenerational communities: supporting community businesses, making public spaces more accessible, opening community facilities to all ages, co-locating childcare and eldercare schemes
- Mutual support through two-way relationships: online mentoring of younger people, advocacy for older people needing health and social care, ‘homeshare’ schemes where younger people live with older people, increased interaction between grandfathers and grandchildren
- Better communication between generations: establishing a national council for all ages supported by an intergenerational convention, building bridges between generations using arts activities and street parties.