With all the intergenerational work going on between BIC and the local schools at the minute, it’s encouraging to read an article in the British Medical Journal discussing meetings between care homes and childcare providers, held by United for all ages:
Care homes and childcare providers in the UK are taking only baby steps towards collaboration, says Stephen Burke, director of United for All Ages, an organisation that campaigns for stronger communities by bringing people of different ages together.
The article discusses the success stories of merging nurseries and care homes, in either sharing property or getting together for activities. Examples can be found in the US and Australia.
In both places adults reported higher levels of self-esteem and felt that they were a part of society again. Also, in socialising young children and the elderly this can help to break through the barriers of ageism.
We hope to see these merges and changes happening over the UK in the next few years.