Anchor is Standing Up 4 Sitting Down because we know it’s a real issue affecting many older people. We believe all older people have the right to a fulfilled later life, and that includes being able to access public spaces, high streets and shops when they want to.

#SU4SD is urging shops to include more suitable seating for older people, and we’re asking everyone to support our campaign to improve the lives of older people. One of our residents, Nona, is backing the campaign because the lack of seating impacts her and her friends. 

Here’s what she had to say about the campaign:

“My name is Nona and I’ve been living at Anchor’s Holly Court for six years now. I’m proud to be a part of Standing Up 4 Sitting Down – Anchor’s new campaign which asks shops to include more seating for those who need it. People like me.

"Being involved with this campaign got me thinking about why seating is so essential for me and it’s mainly about me keeping my independence. I don’t like being held back by my age. I’m 93 but, with the help of my walker, still walk to the high street and go to the shops every day. I will also travel up to Norwich with my friend Mary every couple of weeks. 

"It’s nice to be able to go out and chose your own food, as well as well as meet with friends outside of my home. I am, however, restricted by how far I can go without resting, so it’s very important that I take breaks by sitting down somewhere. A short rest is all I need and then I can be back on my way in no time. As you get older, you can’t go so far without being breathless but seating can make the difference between having to turn back and head home or making it to the butchers, or the chemist. 

"Standing Up 4 Sitting Down is a fantastic campaign, because people don’t realise what a difference extra seating makes to older people. Hopefully this will raise awareness, and get retailers to include more and more seats in their shops so people like me can carry on living life.”

Nona’s experience of seating on the high street shows how important Standing Up 4 Sitting Down really is. Let’s continue to raise awareness, and get more retailers to include seats in stores.