Businesses in Wigan town centre have pledged to support older people in the community.
The Galleries and Grand Arcade shopping centres are the latest to sign up to the age-friendly businesses initiative which is part of the council’s work to create age-friendly neighbourhoods.
To become age-friendly a business must be able to offer an older person:
- A place to sit and rest, without pressure to buy
- A glass of water or a cup of tea or coffee
- An emergency phone call if needed
- Patience and assistance for customers who may be confused or forgetful
- Toilet facilities (if possible)
Earlier this year Atherton, Leigh, Pemberton and Shevington were recognised by Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester’s Mayor, as being age-friendly neighbourhoods.
Businesses on Standish high street are also signing up to become age-friendly.
An age-friendly neighbourhood is a place where residents are committed to looking out for each other, older people feel they can have a say in what’s going on in their local area, and there are spaces where people can get together.
Simon Tucker, centre manager for The Galleries, said: “The Galleries is proud to be an Age Friendly Shopping Centre. Ensuring our staff and facilities can cater to all our customers’ requirements is a commitment we take very seriously and staff receive regular training to help meet this objective.”
John Sanson, General Manager of Grand Arcade said: “Being community based centres we always look for ways to support people of all ages. To be part of the Age Friendly initiative has given us a greater insight in ways we can assist.”
To find out more or if your business would like to sign up please contact [email protected]