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.
- 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.
The Centre for Intergenerational Practice (the Beth Johnson Foundation)
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
Mendip Care & Repair
Age Concern Carlisle and Eden
Eden District Council
Eden Rural Foyer (Impact HA)
Eden Young Carers
Eden Rural Foyer
Karin Housing Association
Salterbeck Residents Association
Woodhouse Community Action Group