Establised in 2010, Edinburgh Laughter Club is the longest running Community Laughter Club in Scotland and the first laughter club in the UK to run two weekly laughter clubs (Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings); raising money for charity and run entirely voluntarily.
Edinburgh Laughter Club is sponsored by Laughter For Health and supported by NHS Lothian Mental Health & Wellbeing, the Scottish Government (through CIS Funding) and the City of Edinburgh Council Integrated Carer Support Team.
Laughter Club is a way for members of the public (everyone is welcome!) to access regular laughter practice through laughter yoga, laughter meditation and relaxation, ideally after attending one of our Laughter Workshops (but not essential).
Laughter Yoga enables us to generate laughter from the body rather than the mind – empowering us to access laughter when we don’t feel like laughing or even when we feel we have nothing to laugh about (arguably when we NEED and will benefit from the physiological benefits the most) – we can “laugh for no reason” with practice. Laughter practised in a group through Laughter Yoga quickly becomes genuine, infectious and healing.
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Weekly Laughter Club on Wednesdays (Evenings)
Click here for information about time, venue, location and directions for the Wednesday evening club.
Weekly Laughter Club on Thursdays (Daytime)
Click here for information about time, venue, location and directions for the Thursday daytime club.
Regular laughter can have a profound improvement on your health and well-being – click on the link to read more about the health benefits of laughter.
CHUCKLEFLASH!!!! HUGE NEWS – EDINBURGH LAUGHTER CLUB FREE TO CARERS
Jo Bluett of Laughter For Health is the first Laughter Professional in the UK to secure direct funding from the Scottish Government through CIS (Carer Information Strategy) monies; administered via NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council Integrated Carer Support team, the long-term funding is the first of its kind in the UK to support a public laughter club project measuring and evaluating the effects of regular, ongoing laughter on physical, mental and emotional health over a three year period. The project’s research findings will be presented to the Scottish Government. Whoop whoooooop!
From Thursday 17th April 2014, the Thursday Laughter Club has been FREE* to unpaid carers living in Edinburgh (registration is required). We received some funding to run a one year pilot from 2014/15 to evaluate the impact of attending a regular laughter club on carers’ health and well-being. In April 2015 we secured a SECOND YEAR of funding to enable the Carers Laughter Club Project to continue into 2015/16 with free places also extended to the WEDNESDAY EVENING LAUGHTER CLUB! And in April 2016 we secured a THIRD year of funding enabling the project to continue into 2016/17 extending the project into 3 years…and now amazingly we are in our SIXTH YEAR with funding provided up until April 2020!
* Places are free to carers however conditions do apply – the free place is subject to a registration process and agreement/commitment to attend laughter club on a regular basis, along with participation in very simple, regular evaluations (no more than 6 forms over a year in total). Sooooooo exciting!!!!
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EDINBURGH LAUGHTER CLUB WAS FEATURED ON BBC2 TRUST ME, I’M A DOCTOR ON !ST NOVEMBER 2017 – SEE LINK HERE (not the entire broadcast segment – but most of it!).
EDINBURGH LAUGHTER CLUB FEATURED WITH A LIVE LINK ON STV EDINBURGH’S THE FOUNTAINBRIDGE SHOW ON WEDNESDAY 21ST JANUARY 2015! See here to watch us in action!
A FAMOUS ENDORSEMENT…..
July 2013’s Sunday Laughter Club was graced with the literary fabulous writer and ‘Woman and Home’ magazine book editor Fanny Blake! We couldn’t get a better and more gigglelicious endorsement.
Fanny wrote an article about her experience of coming to Edinburgh Laughter Club and this appeared in the February 2014 edition of Woman & Home – see her article here.