Project information

Intergenerational Outdoor Area

We want to create an intergenerational outdoor play area as wonderful as the new pre-school based on our residential care home site, the first of its kind in the UK. We want the area to be enjoyed by our residents (10% aged over 100!) together with the nursery children and every age in between.

September 2017 - August 2018

Charity information: Nightingale Hammerson

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  • Need


    The list is huge but includes:
    **Reducing loneliness and isolation for older people
    **Age segregation that weakens communities
    **The need for quality, accessible, affordable childcare for care / shift workers
    **Physical inactivity that leads to health problems across the ages


    **Our residents love having young children visit. Now rather than one-off occurrences, it will be daily interaction.
    **Barriers between the generations and unhelpful stereotypes will be broken down when interactions begin from a very young age.
    **Subsidised, onsite childcare places will make the lives of carers easier logistically and financially so that we can continue to recruit and retain the best.
    **The outdoor area will be the centre of safe physical activity for all to enjoy.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    A suitably equipped outdoor area that will appeal to, and be safe for, intergenerational activity


    » Carefully design, together with residents and children, an outdoor area for the generations to use together

    What success will look like

    The outdoor area will be used as often and as beneficially as existing intergenerational art, music and cooking areas. We will use testimonials and photos.

  • Impact


    We have had more interest than we ever imagined since the launch of a nursery on our care home site. We have had numerous requests for visits with those interested in replicating the project elsewhere. We have also had academic interest in evaluating the benefits, to both ends of the age spectrum, of an intergenerational approach to care, which has been proven elsewhere in the world. Real change will mean a proliferation of co-located nurseries & residential care homes throughout the UK.


    Being a care home for the elderly, now with a nursery on-site, managing risk is what we do. The outdoor space is the final "kitting out" and, like everything else for the very old & the very young, it needs be executed to the highest standard of safety. It needs to be a proper play area that has children aged 1-5 as its heart but then thinks about how it will work for interactions with those aged 5-105+. Our sports day at the nursery launch proved we have the expertise & creativity!


    Photographs; case studies; opportunities to visit

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Design workshops Bringing the generations and physical/exercise therapy experts together to design plans
      £5,000 Fixed outdoor equipment Safe play equipment for young children
      £1,000 Sports equipment Equipment, some adapted, for outdoor games
      £500 Landscaping and Installation Making safe after equipment installation
      £500 Gardening equipment To expand and fully utilise the intergenerational garden
      £1,500 Storage Refurbishing a dilapidated storage shed
      £9,000 Match funding *If* we raise the first £9000, we can access match funding for longer term maintenance & upgrading

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    match donors £9,000 Conditional
  • Background


    We are in southwest London. 40% of our 200 residents cannot afford care home fees so are Local Authority funded. Many of our residents face mobility and/or memory impairment. Caring is not a well paid profession and often involves shift work so recruiting and retaining staff can be challenging, particularly those with young children: the on-site nursery is, in part, an effort to tackle this.


    elderly residents of a 200 bed residential, nursing, dementia care home; young children of careworkers and the local community; low-income parents who would not otherwise be able to afford childcare; care homes across the UK who are keen to learn from our model and see if they can replicate it for the benefit of their residents, staff and local communities; ideally, one day, all of us living in strong communities united, rather than divided, across the ages.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the first, and currently onely, residential care home with a nursery on-site in the UK.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ali Somers

    Co-founder of Apples & Honey Nightingale nursery/pre-school

    Michael Stokes

    Nightingale Hammerson physiotherapist leading on intergenerational physical activity

    Alastair Addison

    Activities Co-ordinator Nightingale Hammerson