Ageless Thanet: Saving older people money with more than 300 local businesses   

Taddy's Barn is one of the businesses in the scheme

The Age-Friendly Business Scheme, run by Ageless Thanet, enables people over the age of 50 to find independent shops and businesses around Thanet, who are actively aware of, and care about, the needs of the 50+ consumers. The 300-plus businesses that are signed up to the scheme also offer an exclusive discount or reward to those who show their Ageless Thanet “Reward Card”.

The Age-Friendly businesses have the Ageless Thanet logo displayed in their window along with their exclusive reward. They are also listed on the Ageless Thanet app (which is free to download from the App Store and Google Play Store), the Ageless Thanet website (www.agelessthanet.org.uk) and a printed directory which can be found in various locations around Thanet such as Morrison’s in Margate and Asda in Broadstairs.

Some of the great rewards include 10% off all Thanet journeys with Central Cars and a 30% discount in Café Rouge. There are a huge variety of businesses signed up to the scheme, such as coffee shops, hairdressers, legal firms, local attractions, tradespeople and more so it is always best to keep up to date with the ever-growing Age-Friendly Business Scheme to take full advantage of its wide range of benefits.

For those who are socially isolated and lacking in confidence, being assured of a friendly response when going in to a shop, café or restaurant is so important. When businesses join the scheme they are opening doors and providing opportunities for socially isolated people to meet new people and engage with the community.

“The Ageless Thanet brand is strong, this helped us make a statement about our community. I feel the Age-Friendly Business Scheme has raised staff awareness to be mindful of certain things when dealing with older customers and they will certainly offer extra assistance if they feel that somebody needs it.” The Curious Cupcake Cafe, Margate.

The Reward Card encourages people to try us. We wanted to ensure all sectors of society felt comfortable, so we saw the Age-Friendly Business Scheme as a great way to reach the older people in our local community. We also liked the idea of being a venue for some of the ‘Coffee Stop’ meetings which Ageless Thanet run, as we felt this was a great opportunity for people to get together and meet new people, We want Taddy’s Barn to be a great place to meet and socialise with friends., Taddy’s Barn, Margate.

Helping businesses become more Age-Friendly is just one of the many ways that Ageless Thanet tackles loneliness and social isolation for Thanet’s over 50s.The Age-Friendly Business Scheme currently has over 6,000 Reward Card holders that are benefiting from the wide range of discounts as well as being able to take advantage of the various Reward Card coffee meet ups at various locations over Thanet to meet new people and build a stronger community.

If you would like to sign up for an Ageless Thanet Reward Card which entitles you to all the fantastic discounts and offers available, call the office on 01843 210005. Businesses can express their interest in joining the scheme by emailing info@agelessthanet.org.uk

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