There’s always a seat at our Bulwell and Sherwood branches

Our Bulwell and Sherwood branches have followed hot on the heels of their Wollaton Park colleagues and signed up to an initiative benefiting older people across Nottingham called Take a Seat.

We are one of over 100 businesses and community groups in the city to so far show their support for the Nottingham City Council drive for more organisations to think about the needs of people as they grow older.

On joining Take a Seat and becoming age friendly, organisations agree to offer older people a seat if they need to catch their breath. They receive a branded fold-up chair and window sticker and are encouraged to go one step further by making toilet facilities available and maybe even a cup of tea or coffee.

Gillian Fuller, building society manager at the Sherwood branch, said: “We care very much about all of our customers, but in particular those who are elderly or vulnerable so being involved in Take a Seat is a no brainer.”

Sarah Booth, customer adviser at the Bulwell branch, added: “Having the branded seat in-branch and the sticker in the window shows everyone that we are delighted to be part of what is a fabulous Age Friendly Nottingham project.”

Speaking when The Nottingham’s Wollaton Park branch got involved in January 2016, Councillor Eunice Campbell, Nottingham's Older Citizens' Champion at Nottingham City Council and ward member for Bulwell Forest, explained: “It’s vital that we help older people stay independent and get out into their local communities. I think it’s great that Nottingham Building Society wants 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 in our communities.”

Take a Seat was introduced by Age Friendly Nottingham in September 2015 in Clifton and has recently been extended to Bilborough, Bulwell, Wollaton and Sherwood. The initiative will be rolled out to other areas of the city over the next year. Click here to see a list of all of the current Age Friendly Premises in Nottingham.

If you are involved in a Nottingham business or community group that would like to become more age friendly contact for more information.


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