What is age2age?

age2age is a series of inter-generational initiatives which are centred around sustainable approaches to bridging the 'generation gap' between the young and the old.

As Britain becomes an ageing society and communication between younger and older people declines, isolation and loneliness tends to increase. The age2age initiatives aim to highlight and confront these issues.

Housing is ideally placed to help bring different generations together. The housing sector also needs to consider how cross-generational issues affect them and how they can discover new opportunities from them. 

Project aims:

  • Promote increased inter-generational activity in communities by understanding and improving the role of the housing provider.
  • Overcome negative stereotyping, increase inter-generational understanding and improve the quality of life for both age groups.
  • Influence the wider social housing sector.

The programme has been running since mid-2008 and there are two main approaches to the project:

  • Specific focus in Cumbria and East London that support locally-based community projects engaging old and young people in joint-community activities.
  • Support the development of Homeshare arrangements in Somerset and Cumbria with the aim of introducing older homeowners to younger people requiring accommodation who may be threatened with homelessness.


Related resources

Find out about 'My Salterbeck' an intergenerational film that was funded by the age2age project

Find out more information about the Homeshare initiative

Access further reading material about the age2age project

Related reports

age2age: taking a whole community approach to building resilient communities - a project evaluation by Gillian Granville (April 2013)

Strategic partner

The Centre for Intergenerational Practice (the Beth Johnson Foundation)

Funding partners

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
The Glasshouse Trust
The Headley Trust
The John Ellerman Foundation
Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Rayne Foundation
v, the national young volunteers service

Delivery partners

Homeshare Mendip
Mendip Care & Repair
Mendip YMCA

Homeshare Cumbria
Age Concern Carlisle and Eden
Eden Carers
Eden District Council
Eden Rural Foyer (Impact HA)
Eden Young Carers

Neighbourhood-based work

Copeland Homes
Eden Rural Foyer
Karin Housing Association
Impact HA
Salterbeck Residents Association
Woodhouse Community Action Group