Published: 16th Mar 2011

Rather than simply closing children’s centres and other community facilities for short-term savings, why not create hubs for people of all ages and reap long-term rewards? Stephen Burke explains London mayor Boris Johnson lays a time capsule at the site of Acacia Intergenerational Centre in Mitcham, south London. The UK’s first purpose-built centre of its kind, it was officially opened by Merton Council last year. Amid all the gloom about spending cuts, there are some grounds for optimism. Since we launched United for All Ages at the end of 2010, we have been encouraged by the number of people contacting us who want to do things differently. That’s not to underplay the scale of the cuts. Local authorities faced with almost 30% cuts over the next four years, much of which are front-loaded, have difficult choices to make. But as always this is about priorities and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)