Intergenerational centre opens in Merton

Boris Johnson was in Merton this morning to open Britain’s first ‘intergenerational centre’ which will provide training and leisure facilities for people of all ages. The centre, which was funded by the London Development Agency, was first announced in February 2008 by former Mayor Ken Livingstone.

Speaking this morning Mayor Johnson said the centre was an example of London “yet again leading the way” in bringing people together. During his visit Johnson helped to bury a a time capsule at the site which includes a letter from him to future generations.

Johnson said he was “honoured to be able to contribute a small piece to what is sure to become a fascinating part of Merton’s history – and future.”

Councillor Debbie Shears, cabinet member for children’s services in Merton said the centre “will be a place where people from all ages and backgrounds can meet, organise activities and hold events that promote family support, healthy lifestyles, mentoring and intergenerational understanding.”