Local Businesses Sign up to Become Age-Friendly

Grand Arcade Wigan
Grand Arcade Wigan

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]