A friendly city... built with Lego!

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For most people of a certain age, Lego is more associated with a scream of pain when accidentally stepping on a piece of their grandchild’s toy.

But the toy bricks are to be used to stimulate and empower older people at a workshop in Leeds later this month aimed at making the city more age friendly.

Last year Leeds was included in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global network of age-friendly cities and communities, which prioritises access to outdoor spaces, transport, housing and health services for older people. Two workshops at the Civic Hall on August 14 are aimed at using innovative ways to come up with fresh ideas that will help the council make more accessible for older people.

The first, Play in the City, will use Lego in a “fun and experiential” hands-on session for older residents, representatives of the city’s neighbourhood networks and service providers.

The second, Re-Designing Death, will look at how a team of researchers, undertakers and designers are trying to break the taboo around dying.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, Leeds Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said the event would generate interesting discussions and ideas, while being fun.

“By getting people from a range of communities and agencies together in this way, we can encourage them to use their different perspectives and look at how we can continue to make Leeds a place where older people feel their voices are heard and they can influence what happens where they live,” she said. “Only by doing that can we accomplish our ambition of making Leeds the country’s best place for older people to live, work and visit.”

Booking for both session is essential via the Eventbrite. Contact agefriendly@leeds.gov.uk for more information.