Our campaign is supported by a wide range of organisations working for older people, read their quotes below.
If your organisation would like to join us just get in touch with our Communications team.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England
“Anchor’s campaign, Standing up 4 Sitting Down, identifies a really important issue, which is the lack of seating in shops and other public spaces. Not being able to sit down is a real impediment that stops many older people going out and engaging in society. As we age, we often have a range of different conditions that can give us pain, or make us breathless and tired. These conditions need not restrict people from engaging with their local communities, but what they do need, is the opportunity to sit and rest before they continue their activities. If there were more opportunities for older people to take a rest during the time they are out, I am confident we would see far more older people continuing to pursue community activities. I applaud Anchor for raising this important issue.”
Malcolm Booth, Chief Executive Officer, National Federation of Occupational Pensioners
“It is important for our members to be able to enjoy the local High Street, and essential for High Streets to survive. As our members age, conditions affecting an ageing population mean that they often need to take a few moments to rest and recuperate. The lack of places to rest can, and will, discourage them from leaving their homes and risks increasing the problem of isolation”.
Denise Keating, Chief Executive, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion
“ENEI is proud to support this campaign because it recognises the need for business to recognise the needs of a diverse range of people whilst, at the same time, providing real opportunities for older people to both socialise and shop at their own pace. As the population is growing older it is vital that we all find ways to reduce loneliness and this campaign will help revitalise town centres by using them for a positive purpose.”
Stephen Burke, director of United for All Ages
“Better seating near and in shops makes a lot of sense. It will encourage and support more older people to use those shops, increase social mixing and thereby reduce isolation. Many retailers are missing out on the spending power of older people and could market their goods and services to older people much better. Improved seating is one way that retailers could increase business and contribute to their community.”
Lucy Peake, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus
“Grandparent Plus is supporting Anchor’s campaign because it will help older people to be actively involved with their grandchildren. Grandparents provide a vital role in looking after grandchildren, whether that’s providing regular childcare, looking after children in school holidays or raising them full-time. Looking after children can be tiring. It’s important both for children and older people’s wellbeing that they are active and able to be out and about in their local areas and seating in town centres supports that.”
Joyce Sack, Chairperson of the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents
"In our last survey on health issues we found that 40% of our members were dissatisfied with the availability of seating and places to rest in shops and in the streets. Older people with mobility issues find going out has to be well-planned ahead of time and therefore limiting their motivation. More rest areas in shops and seating in the streets are essential incentives to help older people to get out more, keep fit and improve their quality of life."
Shantel Irwin, CEO Arthritis Action
"Arthritis Action is the UK charity offering an integrated self-management approach to combat the impact of arthritis. It’s wonderful to see a focus on improving people’s wellbeing by assisting them to get out and about, but to take a rest when required. Being more active and supporting each other helps people with arthritis to manage their condition, which is exactly what our supported self-management approach is about."
John Galvin, Chief Executive of EAC (Elderly Accommodation Counsel)
"We thank Anchor for this initiative. The public environment must be made fitter for older people who have more time to enjoy it than the working population. Let's make this environment more welcoming to them, more accessible, properly serviced (toilets) and with an abundance of suitable seating, indoor and outdoor, all with proper back and arm rests. These small and inexpensive improvements will encourage exercise and social intercourse, all beneficial for physical and mental health."
Margaret Wood, The Opportunity Group
"The Opportunity Group through Opportunity 50 Plus encourages employers to retain their existing older staff and retrain them for new roles rather than recruiting externally which can incur extra costs. We support Individuals to remain economically active for as long as they want or need and to have the chance to develop and learn new skills and abilities. Increased confidence is a significant contributory factor to older people becoming more socially and/or economically involved. Not only would providing seating in shopping centres enable people to take a rest but it would also encourage them to get to know others, probably in similar circumstances and share experiences and potentially increase their sense of self-worth."