A major regional agent is calling on others to join it in an initiative to create a more friendly and welcoming environment for the growing number of older people.
As part of its community support programme, Linley & Simpson has signed up to a new Age Friendly Charter.
Its Chapel Allerton branch in Leeds has backed the initiative that makes sure older people feel comfortable and valued. In practical terms, this means it will allow the office to be used if older people want to take time out for a rest or use the toilet.
“There are many life changes that can contribute to a person’s isolation and make them feel unsupported and lonely. By signing up to this charter, we’re showing our job doesn’t stop simply by opening doors for buyers and renters. We are also committed to opening our office environment for those older people who wish or need to use it - for whatever reason” explains Paul Bridgeman, manager of Linley & Simpson in Chapel Allerton.
Latest research shows there are around 250,000 people in Leeds aged 50 and over; 150,000 aged 60 and over; and 30,000 aged 80 or over.
The Charter has been initiated as part of Leeds’ membership of the global network of Age Friendly cities, run by the World Health Organisation.