One facility in south London is aiming to bring social programmes aimed at older people entering retirement living and school-aged children together under one roof.
The director of the new centre says that both groups have similar needs and will benefit from interacting with each other.
The first Centre for Intergenerational Practice will open in October, according to to Community Care, which says that it is the first of its kind in the UK although the practice has been popular in the US for decades.
"Good intergenerational work has always been good community work and there's a danger of naming this as something different," Alan Hatton-Yeo, the centre's director told the news provider, adding that because of the "inclusive" nature of the programmes, improved communication can result among youths and older people.
The government is hopeful that a successful opening will promote the enrollment of volunteers for school-age and old-age programmes by up to 30,000, as well as to an expansion that would include 11 more facilities using £5.5 million from the Beth Johnson Foundation.