A think tank has called for 500 ‘shared sites’ to be opened in care homes and community hubs across the country to help bring the old and young together. A report published today by United for All Ages claims such sites could help tackle some of the big social ills facing Brexit Britain, including poor health and loneliness. It highlights the growth of shared sites, including from the first ‘care-home nursery’ at Apples and Honey Nightingale in southwest London and the first eldercare day centre at a primary school in Essex. The report calls for 500 shared sites to be developed by 2022 across the UK, where activities for older and young people take place alongside each other and together. It recommends opening up sheltered housing schemes to students in return for volunteering and support, expanding the Homeshare scheme where older people let spare rooms to young people in return for … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart