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06 Jul 2018

Stapleford Take A Seat Scheme

Age Friendly Nottinghamshire, Local Businesses, Stapleford Community Group, Upcoming Events Tags: , , , 0 Comments

The Stapleford Take A Seat Scheme will launch at 1030am on Thursday 19th July outside Simply First.

Please pop along and support this great campaign by Age Friendly Nottinghamshire.

15 Jun 2018

Stapleford Official Take A Seat Scheme Launch.

Age Friendly Nottinghamshire, Councillor Richard MacRae, Local Businesses, Nottingham County Council, Upcoming Events Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Stapleford to kick off the Nottinghamshire Age Friendly Take A Seat Scheme at 10:30am on Thursday 19th July at Simply First, 200 Derby Road, Stapleford, NG9-7AY

Age Friendly Nottinghamshire’s ‘Take a Seat’ initiative wants more shops, businesses and meeting places to have a seat available in case an older person needs to catch their breath and rest while they’re out shopping.

The scheme aims to raise awareness of how older people sometimes struggle to access their local area because there isn’t enough seating available for them to rest.

Advice is also provided on how to make premises more age friendly in other ways, such as making sure the floor is level and clutter free to prevent trips and slips, lighting is clear and bright, steps have a handrail, products on shelves are within easy reach, toilets are provided where possible and that any music is played at a moderate level.

A ‘We are Age Friendly’ sticker will be displayed in all shops and premises taking part in the initiative. The sticker will reassure older shoppers that they will be given a warm welcome and offered a chair to have a sit and rest.

The first business to sign up to the scheme in Stapleford was Simply First. The names of other Age Friendly businesses who have since signed up will be listed at the ‘Take a Seat’ webpage: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/takeaseat

Stapleford Independent Councillor Richard MacRae has been out on the High Street talking to businesses about the importance of becoming Age Friendly and signed up many businesses who jumped at the chance to take part in this scheme.

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 community venues. A lack of seating for them to rest when out can be a significant barrier to them leaving their home. Loneliness can also lead to depression and mental decline.

Being an age friendly business also makes commercial sense for retailers. Studies have shown that:

  • 60% of older people are concerned by the lack of seating in shopping areas
  • 33% of older people would feel ashamed to ask for a seat in a public place
  • Annual high street losses of £4.5bn are predicted by 2030 if retailers fail to attract and retain older customers

For more information about this please email cllrrichardmacrae@gmail.com

18 May 2018

Dementia Friend Training For Local Businesses

Age Friendly Nottinghamshire, Help & Advice, Local Businesses, Stapleford Community Group, Upcoming Events Tags: , , 0 Comments

On Monday 18th June there will be a Dementia Friend Training Session For Local Businesses taking place in Stapleford.

Thanks to Two For Tea for kindly offering to be host to this event.

The session is aimed at local Business owners to help them become Dementia Friendly.

Anyone wanting to attend please email staplefordcommunitygroup@gmail.com and once the EventBrite page is set up you will be sent a direct link to be able to confirm your attendance.

If this is a success them a further session will be organised.

This first event will be doors open 545pm for a 6pm event with the aim of being finished no later than 7pm.

We look forward to hearing from you as we aim to make Stapleford Dementia Friendly.

This session will be carried out by Age Friendly Nottinghamshire.

18 May 2018

Take A Seat Scheme Coming To Stapleford Thanks to Age Friendly Nottinghamshire and Stapleford Community Group

Age Friendly Nottinghamshire, Help & Advice, Local Businesses, Stapleford Community Group, Uncategorised, Upcoming Events Tags: 2 Comments

Earlier today a meeting took place at The Sanctuary Coffee Shop at the back of Nicely Saved to discuss the Take A Seat Scheme.

Stapleford Councillors Chris Rice and Richard MacRae met with a representative of Age Friendly Nottinghamshire for a short meeting which turned long and very productive.

As Chairman of Stapleford Community Group Richard along with the rep from Age Friendly Nottinghamshire visited several businesses along the High Street who had already shown an initial interest.

Nicely Saved, The Card House, Two For Tea, Simply First, Stapleford Home Hardware and Appliance Village all signed up. Others will be visited next week.

The scheme in Stapleford will have an official launch over the coming weeks once more businesses have signed up.

It has already launched in Beeston and on Monday it will be launched in Mansfield, both Councillors Chris Rice and Richard MacRae have very kindly been invited to attend the event.

Stapleford Community Group are supporting the ‘Take a Seat’ initiative and wants more shops, businesses and meeting places in Stapleford to have a seat available in case an older person needs to catch their breath and rest while they’re out shopping.

The scheme aims to raise awareness of how older people sometimes struggle to access their local area because there isn’t enough seating available for them to rest.

Advice is also provided on how to make premises more age friendly in other ways, such as making sure the floor is level and clutter free to prevent trips and slips, lighting is clear and bright, steps have a handrail, products on shelves are within easy reach, toilets are provided where possible and that any music is played at a moderate level.

A ‘We are Age Friendly’ sticker will be displayed in all shops and premises taking part in the initiative. The sticker will reassure older shoppers that they will be given a warm welcome and offered a chair to have a sit and rest.

If you have a businesses in Stapleford and would like to become involved please email staplefordcommunitygroup@gmail.com and we will make sure you are visited next in the next week.

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