Well – on the very first day of December, Edinburgh Laughter Club has now smashed through £8,500 raised for local charities – woo hooooooo! Edinburgh Laughter Club was established in 2010 when we initially ran once a month, but we started formally raising money for local charities when launching our weekly Thursday morning club in February 2013. The weekly Wednesday evening Club then started in April 2014 and between the two weekly clubs, our amazing and generous laughter club members have raised over £8.5K for some amazing charities: The Ca(I)re Programme, Health in Mind, Waverley Care, Parkinson’s UK (Edinburgh Branch) and Chest Heart Stroke Scotland; while Jo volunteers around 5 hours of her week to run the clubs, our members make a donation – so together we all DO GOOD and oh by do we FEEL GOOD!!! Laughter really is the best medicine – for boosting health and happiness, for building a sense of community, for supporting amazing causes and for sharing a common purpose to spread happiness. Happy December everyone!
Wow soooooooooo many workshop bookings this month! Viewpoint Staff Conference, West Lothian Fibromyalgia Support Group and 3 carers groups to name but a few! Also working hard on launching new workshops and training in 2017!
After the success of her talk at the Edinburgh Conference in April, Jo was invited to speak at the Wellbeing at Work Conference in London along with representatives from major Employers, Jonny Benjamin (Mental Health Campaigner and subject of “The Stranger on the Bridge” documentary) and Sanderson Jones (Fodder of Sunday Assembly). What an amazing conference and an honour to speak among such inspiring people!
Jo also ran laughter sessions at the first ever Wellbeing Mela in Perth and the Wellbeing Mela in Edinburgh (for the 5th year in a row) – what amazing events these are to bring communities together and promote inclusion, connection and mental health.
Jo also ran a very special Laughter Club for her Wednesday evening club for Mental Health Awareness Week where the focus was on kindness, connection and love – it was absolutely amazing!!!
More new Laughter Yoga Leaders trained with Jo and were released into the world to spread more laughter to boost health, fun and joy! And lots and lots of workshop bookings with health groups and community projects!
We have now SMASHED £8,000 raised for local charities through Edinburgh Laughter Club – so so so so so very very proud!
Jo was also delighted to be asked to run the closing event for the first ever Festival of Empathy which was a huge success and which will continue in future years.
On top of that Huffington Post issued an article Jo wrote as part of their “Laughter is the Best Medicine” strand (read the article here) and the absolute icing on the cake with a cherry on top was Jo being awarded the highly prestigious title of LAUGHTER AMBASSADOR by Laughter Yoga Founder Dr Madan Kataria!!!
This award is for her dedication to Edinburgh Laughter Club for which she continues to volunteer between 5 and 6 hours every week and for her outstanding achievements:
And finally, Jo launched her brand new business Laughter Cleanse Retreat – a totally unique retreat experience and first in the world to combine a juice cleanse and raw food detox with the holistic, healing benefits of laughter. You can find out more information about this exciting new venture at www.laughter-cleanse.com
What a month!!!
Jo was invited to speak at the first ever Wellbeing at Work Conference in Edinburgh. She ran a short laughter session right before lunch which went down absolute storm and the event was a fantastic networking and PR opportunity. A long day……but a really, really great day!
More new Laughter Yoga Leaders trained with Jo and were released into the world to spread more laughter in order to boost health, fun and joy! And……….a very exciting new business venture us being hatched – a laughter retreat!!! To launch in June 2016.
We have received the amazing news that the Carers’ Laughter Club Project which has run or the past 2 years (from April 2014) will again be funded by NHS Lothian via Scottish Government CIS Funding – woooooo hooooooooo! This funding allows us to offer FREE places to Carers in Edinburgh and to evaluate the long-term benefit to carers’ health and wellbeing of attending a regular laughter club. So very, very proud!
We have now SMASHED £5,000 raised for local charities through Edinburgh Laughter Club – so so so so so very very proud!
And lots of workshops this month – Ecas Edinburgh, Dress for Scotland, Link Up Womens Support and a hugely exciting project working with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Rhubaba to record 10minutes of continuous laughter for an art installation “Laughter in the Bothy” over the coming months; I ran a laughter workshop to get everyone going and we actually managed almost 20 minutes continuous laughter – AWESOME!!!!
Wishing you all a wonderful festive break and looking onward to more laughter, fun and silliness in 2016!
Had a meeting with Alan Gow – Head of Psychology at Heriot-Watt University – to discuss the potential of working together to undertake some research into laughter in Edinburgh. No laughter research has ever been undertaken in Scotland – how exciting is this?!!!!
Also had an article published in TimeOut Edinburgh (see home page for link). Really really pleased with this fabulous write-up and review!
And I went to meet up with Flora, Kathryn and Jason from Health in Mind and handed over £626 which is the sum of money our Wednesday evening laughter club has raised since May! Health in Mind have booked me to run a laughter workshop in the New Year which is awesome!
Huge thank you to ALL our laughter club regulars for their donations – we DO good and we FEEL good!
Lots of very exciting meetings – more to be revealed in due course!
Soooooooo many bookings! Its just amazing to be so busy spreading the joy and laughter! And laughter club relaunches after our Festival break – big I’ve missed it – and so have our regulars! And I have 6 folk booked in for laughter training so more laughter clubs should sprout up soon across Scotland – yayyyyyyyyyy!
And our brand new fliers have been printed and well received – a big supply went to the Edinburgh Carer Support team who will be mailing to GPs and pharmacies – nice!
Edinburgh Laughter Club takes break during August – I am going to get out to the Festival and have some well deserved fun! Still plenty of bookings and work to do behind the scenes – let’s hope for some sunshine!
Also – after a meeting with NHS Lothian Mental Health & Wellbeing and Walpole Hall to iron out the teething problems in the first 3 months and trial period of using Walpole Hall I am delighted to report that we will be staying and can finally start to promote the venue and get some fliers printed – yesssss!
Met some amazing new people last month and extended my ever growing laughter network! Amazing feedback from other laughter professionals who attended the UK Laughter Conference and Festival in London and heard me speak – I have inspired a number of new laughter leaders to push forward with social media and Dr Kataria (the founder of laughter yoga) wants me to keep him posted on my work with the NHS – score! So very, very proud of what we are achieving with this wonderful business!
Off to London to speak at the annual UK Laughter Conference and Festival to talk about running a “social” business (Edinburgh Laughter Club raises money for local charities) and about the Carers Laughter Club Project – the first formal project of its kind in the UK to be funded by the NHS promoting health and wellbeing for carers through laughter with Laughter For Health project managing the evaluations, reporting and budget spending. Soooooooo exciting to share all our good work with others and Dr Madan Kataria (who founded Laughter Yoga) and his wife Midhuri will both be attendance so I am really looking forward to seeing them – and laughing with them – again this year!
We actually had some sunshine this month giving us an opportunity to run Edinburgh Laughter Club OUTSIDE in the amazing grounds of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral where we use Walpole Hall under the “A Sense of Some place” project – wonderful to be laughing outside in the fresh air and playing about on the grass! Pure, utter joy!
Our Wednesday evening Laughter Club moves to Walpole Hall wef 13th May – its a huge hall so we need loads of people to come along every week and help us fill it with laughter – spread the word folks! Our Wednesday club will raise funds for Health In Mind – a wonderful Edinburgh based charity supporting mental health. Our Thursday club continues to raise money for The Ca(I)re Programme and we’ve now raised more than £4,000 in total for local charities – whooohoooooooooo!
Attended a meeting with NHS Lothian Mental Health & Wellbeing and Walpole Hall – the hall at the back of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral on Palmerston Place at the West End (5 minutes form Haymarket Station) will be our new home for the weekly Wednesday evening laughter club – woohoooooooooo! NHS Lothian Mental Health & Wellbeing have taken the lease for 2 years under a project called “A Sense of Some Place” which provides community space for charity and not-for-prift organisations to run events promoting mental health wellbeing – and Edinburgh Laughter Club sponsored by Laughter For Health is the FIRST partner to sign up – very very excited to be a part of this!
Very very exciting! We are working with NHS Lothian Mental Health & Wellbeing to find a new central venue for a our Wednesday evening laughter club – fingers crossed!
Wow 16 brand new Laughter Yoga Leaders Trained this month and plenty of workshops, talks and conferences to keep us busy laughing!
Very very exciting! Edinburgh Laughter Club featured LIVE on STV Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge Show on Wednesday 21st January – watch us in action here!
A wonderful round-up to year laughing with a number of charities! Chuckling our way through til Christmas and looking onward to a hugely exciting 2015 for us!
Continuing our laughter events for Home-Start West Lothian, we delivered workshops in Blackburn, Broxburn & Livingston to Young Mums. We also ran workshops for the Church of Scotland Staff Health Awareness Week (called their “Common Health Games” ha ha ha!), Virgin Money, Pain Management Group Rosyth, FENIKS Counselling, personal Development & Support Services Domesticate Depression Week and Crohns & Colitis UK Clyde Group AGM – plus the 2 weekly laughter clubs as well so a very busy month – how we like it!
The weekly Wednesday evening laughter club re-launches in our new venue and we’re off to a great start with some new faces! We ran a laughter workshop as part of the Lothian Mental Health Wellbeing Mela and also ran workshops for ECAS & Viewpoint Housing Association Tenants Conference.
What a massively exciting month! 1. Contract secured with Virgin Money to spread some laughter into their workplace! 2. Our very own Jo Bluett pledged to lobby the Scottish Government about bringing laughter into the NHS and hospitals. 3. We have been invited to contribute to a brand new free health magazine called Balance which will be distributed via every tube station in London and which will promote Laughter For health and what we do – wooohooooooooo! 4. We have FINALLY secured a new home for our Wednesday evening laughter club – yay! 5. Almost doubled our likes on Facebook this month! 6. Submitted a proposal to the Edinburgh Science festival to work with University of Edinburgh on some laughter research – fingers crossed! 7. Started a number of workshops with Home Start West Lothian – got young mums in Craigshill and Blackburn laughing!