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Joyworks! provides tailored workshops for people suffering from emotional, physical, social or mental health problems such as depression, addiction or dementia.
Many people feel alone or have trouble connecting with others. Joyworks! helps them feel engaged and empowered. Allowing all to explore behaviours and fears in a safe, healthy and more importantly fun environment. We do this with laughter yoga, creative arts and powerful drama strategies.
We also do training sessions and workshops with people, groups and organisations working in the health sector. A Joyworks! workshop is a great way to kick off a conference or boost staff morale.
Listen to Joyworks Director Sharon Miller’s guest appearance on Big Light Productions ( BBC Broadcaster Janice Forsyth’s podcast series) with ‘Brave Your Day Your Way’ talking about the Healing Power of Joy and Laughter.
Joyworks! has delivered hugely successful laughter therapy projects in Loch View and Bellsdyke Psychiatric Hospitals. We’ve delivered in-house training events for NHS Greater Glasgow and laughter projects with NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
We are privileged to regularly culminate Rainbow Valley’s ‘Seven Steps to Health Retreat’ at Ardoch in Loch Lomond. Hear founder Angela Macvicar and STV’s Laura Anne Boyd share why Joyworks culminates this life changing retreat here.
Epilepsy Connections is an award winning Self-Management Project and nominated for the award for the second year running. As part of their project Joyworks inputs four workshops to improve emotional well-being.
We were voted the the top workshop offered at NHS Lothian Recovery Conference. We’ve worked with Support in Mind, Joint Dementia, Glasgow Association for Mental Heath and Alzhiemers Groups.
What happens when we laugh?
Laughter produces feel-good chemicals, endorphins, in the brain. This rejuvenates and accelerates the body’s healing process and is a natural painkiller. Laughter also decreases the body’s levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and so improves relaxation.
The body does not know the difference between spontaneous or induced laughter. So it doesn’t even matter if you’re pretending to begin with. Even pretend laughter produces endorphins and decreases cortisol, but don’t worry it doesn’t stay fake for long. Before you know it, fake laughter turns into real belly laughs. Read more on why laughter is the best medicine.
Please click here to read a recent award winnning report on the theraputeic values of using laughter yoga with stroke patients.
Rachel Hawthorn, Young Mum, Using Laughter For Assertiveness Project, NHS North Ayrshire
Read more testimonials by clicking here What People Say.
If you’re in the health sector and would like to book a workshop or training session for your client group patients or staff then please email or call Sharon, Director of Joyworks! on 07842414765.