Standing Up 4 Sitting Down
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.
Why Nona is Standing Up 4 Sitting Down
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 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.
The Anchor Seating Calculator
We’ve devised a unique formula to calculate the minimum number of seats that retailers in different towns should provide. Use the Anchor Seating Calculator to find a town or city and see how many seats the high street needs to become accessible to older shoppers.
Anchor’s Seating Calculator
Our seating calculator estimates that there should be seats available to shoppers in .
This is the minimum number of seats, calculated to accommodate the older people in . Each seat should be well designed to suit older people’s needs and spaced evenly across the shopping area(s).
Is your local shopping area doing enough to welcome older people? Share your results on and and encourage retailers in your area to Stand Up 4 Sitting Down by providing seating that helps improves the lives of older people.
Why Margaret and Clive are Standing Up 4 Sitting Down
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 (custom form)
- Members of the public, MPs and all supporters - encourage your local shops and retailers to sign up for Standing Up 4 Sitting Down, #su4sd
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.
Contact Anchor's Communications team on 07713 085 004
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