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All welcome at Library's Big Lego Build

28 March 2018

Families across Norfolk are invited to help build a giant Lego structure in Norwich’s main library this Thursday (29 March)

The event help raise money for charity as part of World Autism Awareness Week. (WAWW)

Norfolk librarians have joined forces with Alpha Inclusion, which offers support to young people and their families with autism, to arrange The Big Lego Build at the Millennium Children’s Library in Norwich.  Families are welcome to drop in and build their own masterpieces, or contribute to a large creation, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

There is no admission charge, but donations to the National Autistic Society are welcome. The event is being organised as part of WAWW, which runs from 26 March to 2 April. There will be a chance to chat to professionals about autism and find out more about the support available in Norfolk.

There will also be a dedicated Quiet Zone for people preferring to build Lego in an area with less noise.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “This event is just one of the ways our library service is ensuring that it gets important messages and information about health and wellbeing out in a fun and engaging way. Everyone is welcome, so go along to get creative with the Lego and learn more about autism.”

Alpha Inclusion Director Amy Eleftheriades, author of the book Building Blocks for Communication Skills, said: “We want people of all ages to come and take part in the Building Blocks challenges. Everyone can build their own creations and contribute to our Super Structure which will be built throughout the day.”

Norfolk Library and Information Service offers a range of specialist books, including a selection for parents about caring for children with disabilities, and for children there are  specific dyslexia collections as well as children's titles in large print, braille and audio.

Library staff can support families looking for advice on a particular health topic and advise of help available in their area. There are also plans to launch drop-in sessions for families with disabled children at the Children’s Library, to offer advice and guidance.

According to the NAS, around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with their families, this means autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.

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