There's always a seat at The Nottingham

Local councillors joined staff from the Nottingham Building Society at the Wollaton Park branch to celebrate them signing up to an initiative benefiting older people across Nottingham called Take a Seat.

The Nottingham are the latest of 64 businesses and community groups in the city to so far show support for the Nottingham City Council drive for more organisations to think about the needs of the elderly.

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.

Kerry-Louise Freeman, senior customer adviser at the Wollaton Park branch, was a key player in getting The Nottingham on board. She said: “We are very passionate about being involved in Take a Seat.

“Hopefully our regular customers know we always care very much about how we treat them all, but particularly if they are older or vulnerable.

“Having the branded seat in branch and the sticker in the window shows the rest of the world that we are very proud to care and that we are part of a wonderful Age Friendly Nottingham initiative.”

Councillor Eunice Campbell, Nottingham's Older Citizens' Champion at Nottingham City Council, said: “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 and Wollaton. 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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