Published: 20/04/2015 15:30 - Updated: 20/04/2015 11:33

Healthy brains the name of the game at trailblazing Invergordon scheme

The Healthy Brains workshop was launched last week.
The Healthy Brains workshop was launched last week.

AN inspired collaboration between two Ross-shire social enterprises got off to a bright start last week.

Around 15 people attended Invergordon Arts Centre on Tuesday as Ardross-based charity Creativity in Care launched its Healthy Brains workshops, while The Advisory Group (TAG), which is run for and by people with disabilities, opened the Primrose Café for the first time.

The workshop, funded by High Life Highland, examined the importance of stimulating the brain by having interests. As well as providing homebakes and other refreshments, those manning the café also joined in with the session.

Chief executive of Creativity in Care Karrie Marshall said: “This was our first collaboration with TAG and it was a really good day. We all enjoyed it.

“We were looking at how neurons works – the idea that they grow dendrites when things are interesting to us. If we’re not stimulated then these dendrites kind of shrink back in our neurons so we’re just not so engaged with life.

“We also went on to decorate papier-mâché brain shapes with images of things that we like. For some that was gardens and flowers, there were a few people interested in transport, especially tractors, for other people it was words.

“Hopefully it will build bit by bit. We’re hoping to link up again in the future.”

Healthy Brains will run every Tuesday from 2pm-3.30pm until May 5, but the Primrose Café will continue operating after that date and will be fully launched on May 12.

The NHS has paid for the uniforms for the café while the Port of Cromarty Firth has pledged £1,500 to help TAG develop the range of food, drinks and activities on offer.

Karrie added: “At the moment, it’s kind of like a practice run for them, running the café for us and for people who come on our course.”

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