Standing Up 4 Sitting Down (#su4sd) is Anchor's national initiative aiming to improve people's access to their local shops and high street by increasing the amount of seating available to those who need it.
There are now over 2000 retail outlets across the country, including Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Virgin Money, Yorkshire Building Society, Argos and Hotter, supporting the campaign, pledging to maintain the number of seats people can use if they want to rest mid-shop.
All too often we hear of people struggling to access their local shops and leisure facilities because of a lack of seating areas to rest in. At Anchor, we want to see older people enjoy their lives to the fullest.
For this reason, Standing Up 4 Sitting Down (#su4sd) is calling on retailers and high streets to do their bit to improve the lives of people by providing adequate seating in stores and public spaces.
Together we can increase seating on the high street:
- Shops and retailers - sign up for #su4sd and we’ll send you your free window stickers. Sign up here
- Members of the public, MPs and all supporters - encourage your local shops and retailers to sign up for Standing Up 4 Sitting Down, #su4sd. Find out how, here
This simple change will benefit everyone. With more seating and resting areas on offer for those who need them, including older people, visiting local shops need not be such a struggle. Shopping gives people, particularly those living alone, important social contact, reducing loneliness. It also offers more opportunities for physical exercise enjoying the outdoors and meeting up with friends.
For shops and retail spaces, welcoming more people increases footfall and ultimately the opportunity for profit – it’s a win win situation.
To make change happen we will be encouraging shops and retailers to ‘Stand Up 4 Sitting Down’ and pledge to maintain and increase the seating available to those who need it.
How you can help
There are a number of ways you can add your voice to the campaign:
Write to your local retailer – download our template letter here or request a hard copy by calling 0800 731 2020
Pop into a local store – tell your local shops about the campaign and ask whether they could offer more seating
Highlight the issue on social media - follow the conversation and post using the hashtag - #su4sd.
We’re also looking for people who feel strongly about the issue and would be willing to tell us more about how a lack of seating affects either their lives or the lives of someone they know.
For more information on how to get involved and show your support for Standing Up 4 Sitting Down please email us firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0800 731 2020 and watch out for our hashtag - #su4sd