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Intergenerational activities at the Acacia Centre

Intergenerational activity brings together people of different ages – children, young people, adults and older adults - in positive, planned activities designed to bridge gaps between generations.

It is an approach which can provide new ways of working to address a great many issues, e.g. health, learning, skills exchange, community safety and fear of crime, resolving disputes, cultural activity and heritage. For a fuller definition please see link below

Merton is privileged to be the site for Acacia Centre, the first purpose-built intergenerational centre in the UK.

Examples of intergenerational activities

Examples of intergenerational activities include:

  • parenting support
  • arts and crafts
  • healthy lifestyles
  • cooking and eating
  • gardening and horticulture
  • debate
  • crime prevention and community building activities
  • heritage and cultural activities
  • employment and job-readiness
  • music and drama
  • IT skills

What are the benefits of intergenerational activity?

  • Provides opportunities to learn and exchange experiences, knowledge, cultural traditions and skills
  • Encourages community involvement and promote social inclusion.
  • Helps to strengthen communities by dispelling inaccurate stereotypes and promoting mutual respect and understanding between people of different generations and backgrounds
  • Intergenerational activity can also be a very rewarding and most of all fun!

See also

Related websites

Contact us

For more information on Acacia Centre activity, please contact:

Acacia Centre
230 Grove Road
Mitcham Eastfields
CR4 1SD

Email: intergen@merton.gov.uk
Tel: 020 8274 5121

Map and directions

Larger map (Google Maps website)

This page was last updated on Tuesday 15 April 2014