Retailers across West Bridgford are being encouraged to sign up to Nottinghamshire County Council’s take-a-seat campaign to help more older and disabled shoppers be ensured of a resting place when out and about.
More than 300 businesses and other organisations across the county have already made a commitment to make their shops and buildings more age-friendly, with shops and organisations in West Bridgford now joining the scheme.These include Timpson, Co-op Funeral Care, Create! West Bridgford and Renew 37, a community hub based on Abbey Road.
By displaying the We are Age Friendly sticker, businesses are providing reassurance to older people and people with a disability or chronic illness that they will be offered a seat when they go inside, should they need to rest.
Many shops will also offer a drink and, if accessible, use of their toilet facilities.
Councillor John Handley said: “We are passionate about helping older people stay independent and connected to their communities and we encourage more shops and businesses to sign up to promote their great service for older customers.”
Local resident, Jenny Letts, said: “It’s a brilliant idea. When you’re out and about in West Bridgford it is nice to know you have somewhere to sit for a rest without having to think about whether you need to buy something or not.
“It may be warm now, but in the winter months it will be good to have somewhere to come in from the cold.
“I’m passionate about spreading the word about this idea as it helps people like myself to stay active and get out and about.
“Eventually, I’m sure more and more local shops and cafés will have the We are Age Friendly sign in their shop window.”
Timpson store manager, Chris Riley, added: “We are very happy to support the scheme as it is our company ethos to play a part in helping the community where we can.”
Photo: Cllr Handley with local residents, including Jenny Letts, enjoying a sit down in the sun outside Timpson in West Bri