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Brain Training App Used To Treat Memory Condition

Researchers have used an app called Game Show to treat people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment.

Amnestic mild cognitive impairment, which is characterised by problems with short-term memory worse than expected for a person of that age, can be the first sign of dementia. But not everyone with this condition will go on to develop full-blown dementia.

The app game involved associating different geometric patterns with different locations. The small study, involving 42 adults, found playing games on the app for eight hours over four weeks improved the participants’ performance in memory tests.

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Ayr & District Flower Show

The first Ayr & District Flower Show takes place at Ayr Racecourse on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 August 2017 from 10am to 5pm. This community led event, put together by volunteers, is a continuation of the tradition of providing an opportunity for growers in Ayrshire and the surrounding districts to show off their horticultural prowess and for the public to enjoy a good say out.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Gaiety Theatre Box Office  at just £5 per head, with free entry for accompanied children under 16.

More information is available on the show website or by ringing the show information line on 07581810968.

Ward Experience Volunteers Needed

NHS Ayrshire & Arran are recruiting Ward Experience Volunteers.

These volunteers help to gather feedback from patients and relatives about their experience while they are still in hospital. This information can be used to either celebrate what is being done or to make improvements.

If you are interested in this role, please email Gill Rogers at

Pharmacy Practices Committee

An exciting opportunity has arisen to appoint volunteer lay members to the NHS Ayrshire & Arran Pharmacy Practices Committee.

The Pharmacy Practices Committee exists to decide on applications for inclusion on the Ayrshire and Arran Pharmaceutical List to provide Pharmaceutical services in the area.

Are you enthusiastic and self motivated?

Do you have previous experience working in a formal committee?

Click here for more information about the role and how to apply.

Look Good Feel Better Workshops

Ayrshire Cancer Support will be holding Look good feel better workshops for people who have had a cancer diagnosis or received treatment for cancer.

The  skincare and make-up workshops are free of charge and the main objective is to help women and teenagers combat the visible side-effects of cancer treatment at what can be a very difficult time in their lives.

Workshop dates and locations:

Ayr office, 22 Wellington Square, KA7 1EZ

2 August 2017          10.30am – 12.30pm

8 November 2017    10.30am – 12.30pm

Kilmarnock Office, 5 Dundonald Road, KA1 1EQ

31 August 2017         10.30am – 12.30pm

11 December 2017    10.30am – 12.30pm

To book a place call 01563 538008.

To find out more about the content of the workshop please click here.

Living With Lupus

Did you know that many people with Lupus have sun sensitive skin? The most common symptom of this is for rashes to appear on their face, hands and feet.

Lupus UK’s video can help you learn more about living with Lupus.

Employability & Health Training

Employability & Health Training is open to staff of any grade or discipline to help them feel more confident about talking to patients about their employment situation.

This training will take place on Friday 15 September 2017 at Ayr Hospital, Education Centre, Common Room 1 from 9am until 12 noon.

For further information and to book your place please contact or call 01292 513870.

Employability Provision Dates

Employability Provision has been scheduled for the Three Towns for the following courses:

Confidence Building – At Stevenston Hub every Friday from 21 July till 4 August 2017 from 2pm-4:30pm.

Computing for Employment – At Stevenston Hub every Tuesday from 1 August till 12 September 2017 from 10am-12:30pm.

Interview Skills- At Stevenston Hub 25 July and 1 August 2017 from 10am until 12noon.

Please contact The Focus Community Learning Centre on 01294 461824 or email

Where all places become filled, names will be added to the waiting list for the next available delivery.

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