EVENTS are being held at the Eastgate to show how creative arts can help people lead healthier lives.

On Saturday, the Peebles theatre is looking at the positive effects singing, dancing, reading, acting and other creative expressions can have.

Offering food for the brain, body, and spirit, Inspiring Life is a full day of creative activities, with a variety of drop-in workshops running from lunchtime until 6.30pm.

The programme will begin at 1.15pm with a session of singing for wellbeing led by the Cheyne Gang – a community singing group for people living with long-term respiratory problems.

This will be followed, at 2.15pm, by Bridget Dickson from mental health charity See Me, who will explore how books can be a way both to connect with and escape from day to day challenges, as well as serve as a useful tool for opening up difficult conversations.

The day will also include a performance of new work by Stride Young Dance Company (3.15pm), a drama session with Douglas Roberts (4.15pm) that demonstrates how we can all present ourselves with more confidence and ease of expression; and a fun dance improvisation workshop (5.30pm) led by Christine Devaney, Artistic Director at Curious Seed Dance Company.

The day will end with a panel discussion about mental health chaired by the Eastgate’s General Manager, Caroline Adam.

The Inspiring Life day starts at 1.15pm, Saturday, June 1.

Although all events are free, please book tickets for each session from the box office on 01721 725777, or online at