Residents and staff at a Barnoldswick retirement housing scheme are standing up for better seating in high streets.
Robinson Court has backed the nationwide “Standing Up 4 Sitting Down” campaign to improve people’s access to their local shops and high street by increasing the amount of seating available to those who need it.
The Anchor Homes campaign launches on Saturday after evidence showed that older people feel they are currently unable to access their high streets and shopping centres as much as they would like due to a lack of seating and resting areas.
Anchor’s aim is to drive awareness of this issue and encourage retailers, shopping centres and councils to increase seating in a bid to tackle loneliness in 800,000 older people across the country.
Robinson Court’s scheme manager, Claire Boardwell, said: “All too often we hear of people struggling to access their local shops and leisure facilities as much as they’d like to due to a lack of seating areas to rest in. At Anchor, we want to see older people enjoy their lives to its fullest and never have unnecessarily restricted access to life’s simple pleasures.
“For this reason, ‘Standing Up 4 Sitting Down’ is calling on retailers and high streets to do their bit to improve the lives of older people by providing adequate seating in public spaces.
“We want shops to add extra appropriate seating for older people and display the ‘Standing Up 4 Sitting Down’ sticker in their shop windows, to signal that they provide seating for older people or those who need it.
“With more seating and resting areas on offer, older people can visit local shops without the worry of being caught out by the physical strain.
“Shopping gives older people, particularly those living alone, important social contact, reducing loneliness, and offers them more opportunities for physical exercise and enjoying the outdoors.
“For shops and retail spaces, welcoming more people to their businesses increases footfall and ultimately the opportunity for profit – it’s a win win situation.”
Retailers can support the campaign by contacting the “Standing Up 4 Sitting Down” campaign team at Communications.Team@anchor.org.uk