Age Friendly Nottingham is relaunching its ‘Take A Seat’ initiative on Wednesday 20 March, as part of the national ‘The Age Without Limits’ Day of Action.

Take a Seat” (TAS) is a community initiative which aims to tackle issues of social isolation, by motivating older citizens to feel confident about leaving their homes and playing an active part in their local communities.

Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health and Nottingham’s Older Citizens Champion, is kick-starting the relaunch by asking her councillor colleagues to recruit 20 premises in their wards between Wednesday 20 March and the end of May 2024 to participate in TAS.

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

Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, at Nottingham City Council, said: “The day of action aims to change the way we all think about ageing and support a growing movement of people and organisations working to make society more inclusive. This first year’s theme is Challenging Ageism, focusing on ‘see and be seen’.  

“This is the perfect opportunity to relaunch our Take A Seat initiative and for premises to offer a seat to an older person, without a charge, so they can catch their breath while out and about. This promotes independence and ensures our older residents feel safe in the knowledge that they can stop and rest while engaging in local community life.

“If any individuals or businesses/community organisation would like to find out more about TAS they can email:

Some facts:

  • Ageism is the most widespread form of discrimination in the UK
  • At least a third of people hold ageist beliefs
  • Half the people belief UK is an ageist society
  • Only one-in-20 TV adverts feature people aged over the age of 70

The national day against ageism is being supported by the Centre for Ageing Better and locally by Age Friendly Nottingham (AFN).

Separately, the Royal Concert Hall is offering 20 discounted tickets at £15 per person for those 50-plus to attend the Classics: Concert Club on Saturday 23 March.

The evening, aimed to tackle isolation, will begin at 6pm where older residents are encouraged to meet for a hot drink in the Cowen’s Suite.

The Sinfonia Viva starts at 7.30 pm and features Robert Schumann’s richly Romantic Piano Concerto, with the brilliant Swiss pianist, Jean-Selim Abdelmoula, as soloist, and Fauré’s beautiful Requiem – a breathtaking vision of eternity featuring the famously angelic soprano solo, Pie Jesu. The exciting Australian rising star, Natalie Murray Beale conducts the performance.

To book please contact on or contact the box office on 0115 9895555 (pressing option five) quoting WellbeingNCC.

The £15 price includes a concert ticket, concert programme, a hot drink pre-show. There is also an option on the day of adding an ice cream at the interval for £1.

Attendees can also attend a free pre-concert talk about the orchestra at 6.20pm in the auditorium. A room host will be available to support anyone if they have any questions and help reduce any anxiety about visiting a new place.