Ending isolation through design

Lady walking down street

Older people are invited to attend an event in Edinburgh on Wednesday 16 May called ‘Ending Isolation through Design’. The event has been organised by Age Scotland in association with Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I’DGO) and Planning Aid Scotland, and aims to support older people in being active and valued citizens, as well as developing their engagement in how local communities are designed.

Where? Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, 81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU

When?  Wednesday 16 May, from 1100 – 1500 hrs.

Sarah Boyack, MSP for Lothians, will open the planning event, and there will be three 45 minute workshops that attendees can participate in:

  1. The principles of inclusive urban design: featuring the latest research outcomes from I’DGO and examining best practice from across the country.
  2. Understanding the Scottish planning system: examining how to engage with local decisions, ensure you know your rights and where to turn to for help.
  3. Getting your voice heard: considering how to engage with and lobby your local authority on improving the built environment in your area.

The workshop on ‘Getting your voice heard’ will include a range of information from Age Scotland’s Ending Isolation campaign Walk in our Shoes – Act on Our Issues.  Through this, we’re inviting older people’s groups – and other community and school groups – to map their local area, highlighting things that make it difficult for older people to get out and about and thereby increase isolation.

Reasonable travel expenses will be available for the event, and lunch will also be provided.  If you are interested in participating, please email Policy Officer Greg McCracken on greg.mccracken@agescotland.org.uk, or telephone 0845 833 9332 by Wednesday 2 May 2012.

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