THE BACKGROUND TO SIT STOP
The SIT STOP campaign started in Richmond in 2005. A group of individuals led by three Royal Society of Arts (RSA) fellows met to discuss local issues as part of the RSA’s Coffeehouse Challenge process. Meetings like these took place countrywide and were intended to bring focus to the resolution of local issues. In Richmond ‘Access for All’ became our central theme.
With the help of Richmond Advice and Information on Disability (RAID) and a number of other local agencies and businesses, plus supporting funds from the RSA, Richmond Council and Starbucks, the idea took shape and grew. In Spring 2007 the project - then focused around specially designed chairs - was showcased around London.
The scheme was launched in Twickenham with the support of Richmond Council. Very ethusiastic commments about the idea were received and no major issues were identified by the participating businesses.
We continue to expand the number of participating organizations - not only in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames but also beyond.