Self Portraits at New Routes

Woman's hand painting a portrait

Painting Through Language Barriers

New Routes is a charity, based in central Norwich, which works with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

The Creative Links project team spent three consecutive Thursday lunchtimes at the New Routes centre, with our paint, charcoal, easels and paper and easels.

At New Routes there are many languages spoken but once the painting started, the fact that Malca and her students didn't really fully understand each other didn't seem to matter too much.

Alzheimers Research UK, who are the funders of the Creative Links project, provided booklets about reducing the risk of dementia in Arabic as well as English.

painting of a woman in a blue hijab

Some of the work created at New Routes will form part of an exhibition at the Norfolk Makers Festival, in April 2024.

Find Out More

Research has found that regularly challenging your brain and staying mentally active can lower the risk of dementia. As can staying socially connected and looking after your heart health, through diet and exercise.

Latest evidence suggests up to 40% of call cases of dementia are linked to factors that we may be able to influence.

You can read much more at THINK BRAIN HEALTH on the Alzheimer's Research UK (ARUK) website.

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