Call for evidence on co-location and intergenerational housing

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration has released a second call for evidence as part of its inquiry into intergenerational connection. Following the launch of its ‘Healing the Generational Divide’ interim report in May 2019, the APPG would like to gather further evidence on two of the key policy areas being explored in the second half of the inquiry: co-located services and spaces, and intergenerational housing.

The ‘Healing the Generational Divide’ report set out the start of a policy framework to strengthen connections between different age groups, drawing on written evidence from 30 different individuals and organisations, plus findings from four parliamentary events and community visits in south London, Manchester and the West Midlands. The report set out ways that local community projects, shared services, housing and technology could help build stronger intergenerational connections.  

The APPG’s second call for evidence is intended as an opportunity for individuals and organisations working to develop co-located intergenerational services and spaces, or intergenerational housing, to provide their thoughts and feedback on the interim report’s proposals, and to respond to any of the specific questions that the APPG has asked in the call for evidence terms of reference, as detailed below. The evidence gathered from this call for evidence will be invaluable in helping to inform the APPG’s final report on intergenerational connection, due to be published before the end of 2019.

Co-located services and spaces

The call for evidence on co-location features eight questions, including on the ways that co-located services and spaces can be effective in fostering intergenerational connection, the support they should receive from government and other bodies, and how such services can prove sustainable.  

Our definition of co-location not only includes nurseries and care homes which are located on the same site and promote mixing between older and younger people through regular events and activities, but also older people’s housing schemes, from sheltered to extra care housing, and a wide range of other community facilities, schools and colleges which bring different generations together through shared activities based on the same site.

You can find the full terms of reference on co-located services and spaces here.

Intergenerational housing

Our call for evidence on intergenerational housing contains 10 questions, seeking to understand more about the successes and challenges that intergenerational housing projects have experienced so far, how government and non-government bodies could provide support, and how we can push intergenerational housing up the political agenda, among other areas.

Our definition of intergenerational housing is centred on places where younger and older people live alongside one another, mix and share activities and experiences, and provide mutual support. While there are a number of older people’s housing schemes that receive visits from younger children, providing great benefits to all involved, the APPG would regard these as intergenerational projects rather than intergenerational housing.

You can find the full terms of reference on intergenerational housing here.

Responding to the call for evidence

If you make a submission of evidence to the APPG, please ensure that:

  • Your submission is no more than 2,000 words in length.
  • You state clearly who the submission is from, i.e. whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of an organisation.
  • You include a brief description of yourself/your organisation.
  • You state clearly if you wish for your submission to be confidential. If this is not indicated, the APPG reserves the right to reference the content of your submission in future reports and publications.
  • You email your submission in Word or Pdf format to [email protected].org
  • You submit your response no later than Friday 13th September 2019.