An initiative that aims to get more seats for older people in local communities is launching in Basford.

The Age Friendly Nottingham ‘Take A Seat’ initiative wants more shops and businesses to have a seat available in case an older person needs to catch their breath and rest.

More than 150 businesses and community venues across the city are already showing their support for the drive, and it’s now coming to Basford.

‘Take A Seat’ is about raising awareness of how older people sometimes struggle to get out and about because there isn’t enough seating available for them to rest. In order to encourage more older people to venture out to their local shops, Age Friendly Nottingham is helping local businesses to understand the importance of offering a seat to an older person should they need it.

Older people know that a venue is taking part because they have a ‘We Are Age Friendly’ sticker displayed in their window. People can also find out who is signed up by taking a look at the ‘Take A Seat’ webpage.

Councillor Eunice Campbell, Nottingham’s Older Citizen’s Champion, will launch the scheme in the area, alongside Ward Councillors Cat Arnold and Linda Woodings on Monday 19 September.

Councillor 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 initiative and I want to thank them as this really does make a difference to the lives of people and helps to reduce loneliness.

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 – ‘Take A Seat’ is just one part of this. Age Friendly Nottingham is for partners and older people from across the city to come forward and implement the Charter.

A third of older people are identified as lonely. Sadly, many become isolated because they find it increasingly difficult to walk from their homes to local shops and libraries. The biggest problems come when there is no seating for them to rest. Loneliness can also lead to depression and mental decline.

Take A Seat was introduced by Age Friendly Nottingham in September 2015 in Clifton and is now in 22 areas across the city, most recently in Leen Valley. The initiative will be rolled out to other areas of the city over the next year.

Older Citizens’ Charter –

The UK Network of Age Friendly Cities

The World Health Organization defines an Age Friendly City through eight separate ‘domains’ – outdoor spaces and buildings, housing, transportation, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community and health services.

The UK Network of Age Friendly Cities is comprised of the following cities: Belfast, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Nottingham, London Borough of Camden and Glasgow.

Age Friendly Nottingham

In Nottingham we believe all our older citizens should have fulfilled lives – feeling valued by all sections of society, living as independently as possible and playing an active role in their local communities. Age Friendly Nottingham has set up a cross-sector steering group, including citizens, to take this work forward. The work has strong political support and councillors are supporting inter-generational activities in their local neighbourhoods. Achievements to date include:

  • Development of Nottingham’s Older Citizens’ Charter – setting out the values and standards that older citizens expect from the council and other partners.
  • A Loneliness Working Group which is prioritising the development of age-friendly neighbourhoods and introducing a ‘Take A Seat’ campaign in three areas.
  • Annual celebrations to mark International Older People’s Day that have included an Older People’s Festival.
  • Raising the importance of arts and older people which has resulted in the innovative ‘Imagine’ project being offered to people experiencing dementia.