Almost 80 businesses and community venues across the city, including many in Clifton and Silverdale, are showing their support for the Age Friendly Nottingham (AFN) drive. The campaign wants more organisations to think about the needs of older people and make the city a great place to grow older.
On joining ‘Take a Seat’ and becoming age friendly, organisations agree to offer people a seat if they need to catch their breath. Older people know that if they see a ‘We are Age Friendly’ sticker displayed in a shop window they will be given a warm welcome and offered a chair if needed.
Councillor Eunice Campbell said: “It’s vital that we help older people stay independent and get out into their local communities.
“I think it’s great that so many businesses want to be a part of this campaign and I want to thank them as this really does make a difference to the lives of people and helps to reduce loneliness.”
AFN believe all older people should have fulfilled lives – feeling valued by society, living as independently as possible and being able to play a key role in their local communities. By living in age friendly neighbourhoods, they can live healthier and more active lives for longer.
In October 2014, Nottingham City Council launched the Older Citizens’ Charter, which sets out the city’s aims to improve the quality of life and promote the independence of older residents. The ‘Take a Seat’ campaign is just one part of this.
‘Take A Seat’ is about raising awareness of how people sometimes struggle to get out and about because there is not enough seating available. In order to encourage more older people to remain part of their local community, Age Friendly Nottingham is working with local businesses to provide more seating for people who need to take catch their breath.
Take a Seat was introduced by Age Friendly Nottingham in September 2015 in Clifton and has recently been extended to Bilborough, Wollaton and Bulwell. The initiative will be rolled out to other areas of the city over the next year.
If your organisation would like to become more age friendly contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.