All Ages August – an invitation to intergenerational summer fun
Did you know that this August isn’t just your normal, run of the mill August? It’s got an intergenerational theme.
This August has been designated #AllAgesAugust, with the aim of bringing Britain’s old and young generations together in sharing fun and laughter across a wide range of activities and events. There will be hundreds of events happening across the country, all perfectly pitched to appeal to young and old – guaranteeing smiles and positive connections across the generations.
Loneliness, isolation and ageism are sadly all too prevalent in Britain today – we have one of the most age-segregated societies in the world and there is an increasing awareness of the damage this does to us socially and economically. #All AgesAugust is focussed on removing the barriers to intergenerational co-existences.
#AllAgesAugust is about bringing Britain together by bringing older and younger people together and sharing common interests and concerns. Hundreds of activities around the UK will enable people of all ages to have fun together and share experiences during the 31 days of August.
Stephen Burke, Director of United for All Ages
So, what type of events can we expect?
All ages activities in August range from sports to arts, festivals to fetes, holidays to play days, conferences to museums and libraries, grandparents to grandchildren including:
Canoe tours on Bristol’s floating harbour to the Big Summer Social at Stratford Circus Arts Centre to Dance Umbrella’s Invisible Dancing in Woolwich
Scores of intergenerational projects involving care homes and nurseries, sheltered housing schemes and out of school summer holiday clubs
Salcombe Town Regatta and Sheringham Carnival to the Edinburgh Festival and Notting Hill Carnival
The start of the 2019-20 football season to the 2019 Ashes cricket test series to Ride London Freecycle
Wide-ranging events organised by Royal Museums Greenwich, Culture Mile London, Wigan Libraries, North Yorkshire Libraries, Bucks Libraries and many others
How is your August planned out? Do you have elderly relatives visiting? Or perhaps you are caring for grandchildren in the school holidays and are looking for an event you can all enjoy together? For intergenerational activities that tick all the boxes when it comes to fun across all brackets, then there’s plenty to go at. For more inspiration go to www.unitedforallages.com/news or follow the hashtag #AllAgesAugust on Twitter where new events are being added all the time.
There is so much to learn from mixing up the age groups. Opening our eyes to the strengths and talents of those younger or older than us, results in positive and life-affirming rewards spread equally across the generations. In many countries spanning the world, intergenerational living is commonplace – somehow in Britain we’ve lost that inclusiveness and connectedness. Important initiatives like #AllAgesAugust are just what we need to make intergenerational living the new normal.
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