Tameside businesses sign up to offer older shoppers a seat

Date Released - 12/10/2018

TAMESIDE businesses are signing up to a campaign that provides older shoppers with somewhere to rest.

The “Take a Seat” campaign was successfully launched by Tameside Council’s Population Health team as part of the Golden Harvest event supporting Older People’s Day at St Anne’s Church Hall, Ashton, on 5th October.

Participating shops will be provided with a seat to enable them to offer older people somewhere to take a rest.

Several businesses have already signed up, including Aldi on Wellington Road, Ashton; The Bread Shop on Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield; The Coffee Shop on Melbourne Street, Stalybridge; Broadoak General Store at 4 Broadoak Crescent and the Post Office/Londis at 6 Broadoak Crescent; and Charlie’s Friendly Store at Smallshaw Lane, Ashton.

Other businesses are urged to follow their lead to make Tameside’s town centres and shops welcoming places for all.

The initiative aims to encourage people to stay physically and socially active and motivate older people to feel confident about leaving their homes. Knowing there is somewhere welcoming to rest whilst shopping allows older people to feel more confident about travelling into town centres or walking to their local shops.

It forms part of the Council’s wider age-friendly Tameside communities agenda, which aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation and the associated health risks of depression, high blood pressure, and dementia.

Tameside Council Executive Leader and Greater Manchester lead for ageing and equalities, Councillor Brenda Warrington, said: “It was great to be part of launching Take a Seat in Tameside and hear that businesses are already signing up to the scheme. We want as many businesses as possible to be involved to make our town centres here in Tameside, and across Greater Manchester, welcoming, accessible places for everyone. I’d urge businesses to offer somewhere for older shoppers to take a rest to help them stay physically and socially active.”

Participating shops will be invited to display an Age Friendly sticker, which indicates that an older person is welcome to go in and take a rest on a seat.

Southway Housing Trust, which owns and manages 6,000 affordable homes in South Manchester, began the campaign, which is now spreading across Greater Manchester with the support of the Greater Manchester Housing Provider Partnership and Mayor of Greater Manchester as part of a drive to make shops accessible for all.

For more information contact Angela Wild at angela.wild@tameside.gov.uk.

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