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95% of people who attend our public Laugh In events or our tailored events in the corporate, health or education and training say they have a wonderful experience and feel connected, energised and de-stressed at the end.
‘Sharon has been an excellent guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s Comedy Cafe programme talking about the benefits of laughter yoga. Taking part in one of her fun workshops I felt I was in touch with my inner child! It gave me a great sense of release and I left with a really strong feel good factor.”
Bronwen Tulloch, Producer BBC
Joyworks! also attracts great media coverage including:
The Dundee Evening Telegraph
The Dundee Courier
Joyworks! was the most talked about workshop at our conference.The feedback was fantastic, I still hear people talking about. It was a must have for our next conference in March 2014.
Linda Graham, Partners For Inclusion, Kilmarnock
The workshop was outstanding on all levels. The most general comment from offered by participants was about the feeling of being uplifted by the workshop content. People are still raving about it.
Lesley Brady, Project Leader Ayrshire Recovery Network Conference, Ayr Racecourse.
Sharon got the Scottish Women in Business Christmas event off to a great start .We had over 50 businesswomen at the event in the Corinthian, Glasgow, and naturally many of us were a bit apprehensive about what might be involved. However Sharon’s bubbly, upbeat style of facilitation transformed the group and before we knew it we were all laughing and having a fabulous time. We would definitely recommend Sharon for any type of event.
Mairi Morrison, Head of Business Development, Sense Scotland
We attract a diverse group of folk on our course from across the world -all wanting to make a change and bring more happiness to themselves and others by learning to teach laughter yoga. 100% of delegates have rated our course as ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Good’ ….
it’s the most inspiring, uplifting training I have ever done. The participants are wonderful, the facilitator is world class . Take the course - it has changed my life.
M. Guaghan, Mental Health Lecturer, Napier University
I loved my experience, this weekend has taken me through things I never thought I’d do in my life! It’s taken me right out of my comfort zone! I was surprised how quickly everyone bonded. I’ll take away the new friends, new skills and loads of new found confidence and self-esteem.
L. Robinson, Financial Advisor.
I was amazed at the shift in me from my first moments to now. I feel freer,loser and more confident in myself.I’m surprised at how my attitude about everthing has changed.
Kiki Kellai, NHS, Brighton, England
I’ve loved the whole weekend. It was the best. I hope to go and deliver workshops and do it justice! I was surprised I could lead a 15 minute session after a day and a half of training. Thank you so much.
Gabrielle Jackson, Aurora Centre, East Kilbride
Active learning was fabulous , highly effective and so much fun. I’d highly reccomend Joyworks! because it’s a life changing and invaluable experience that anyone no matter what age or what background can benefit from. It’s an excellent course and I’m privileged to be able to take part and learn from such an inspirational and wonderful teacher.
Eileen Tunney, Manager , Dieggo, Ireland
Thoroughly enjoyable and informative. Did not know what to expect but surpassed all expectations. A life changing weekend. Sharon is extremely talented and supportive. I was surprised that I could laugh as I was apprehensive. This skill can only enhance the services I offer. Joyworks is fantastic! I do not believe it could have been any better!
Joanne Callaghan, Holistic Therapist , Kilbirnie
This was my second weekend training. I wanted to come back and repeat it because it was so good. I’m leaving full of love ,compassion and joy!
Nicola Hodge, Second Language Teacher, Edinburgh
I have learned so much for my personal development. .I’ve already started using it last night and it will be invaluable in my work with the children.
Mary McDowall, After Care Manager, Paisley
Sharon’s variety of approaches kept the whole weekend exciting and engaging.Ecellently facilitated.The whole course was inspirational and enjoyable.The actvitivites were refreshing and introduced in memorable ways.
Hayley McDowall, Teacher, Glasgow
Lots of new ideas to create and facilitate joy for myself and others-so many varied methods!
Sandra Mercer, Lecturer ,Nairn
I found it inspirational and can’t wait to share with my yoga students. I enjoyed the energy in the room with a group of really positive people..wish it was longer..another day please!
Junie Jones, Yoga Teacher, Dunoon
Very fulfilling and exciting weekend!
L. Moran, Youth Worker, Kibirnie
Amazing! Energising! What a wonderful weekend. I feel really empowered to lead laugher yoga events. I was surprised at the connection between the group. Very good very good yeh!
Aiveen Ryan, Project Worker, Fife
Stimulating , challenging and very, very good fun. Alex Johannsen, Artist, Kilbirnie
Hard to sum up my experience. There is so much to say. It has been so valuable. Such an inspiring experience. The world would be such a better place if there was more laughter in our lives. Sharon is an amazing facilitator. She fills everyone with joy.
Chanel Alexander, Student & Workshop Leader,Edinburgh
Outstanding course. Excellent interaction and I feel confident with my new skills.Beautiful, joyous, loving and sharing. This was a very special weekend with a beautiful group of people- very inspiring and uplifting - life changing. Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Maria McGuire, Rape Counsellor
I was a little apprehensive about the course aims but thankfully Sharon by far exceeded them. The course was excellent and I felt fantastic. I was still on a high from the weekend and raring to go. Two days later I delivered my first session for 30 managers. They were still smiling at the end of the day.
Brian Blake, Modernisation Consultant, NHS Tayside
This course was life transforming. I was surprised that I could feel so relaxed. Most definitely recommend Joyworks because of their ability to bring people out of their shells. Brilliant value for money.
J. McDonald, Unemployed
Expectations were just to let go and that was accomplished after a very short time. It was a great transition. Great range of activities. Lots of laughter yoga and great Joyworks exercises. Even without funding aid I believe I got my full money’s worth. An excellent v.positive experience!
Melissa Dowman, Geologist & Yoga Practitioner
I was surprised at how interactive the weekend was which was great! I’d recommend Joyworks! because was a great weekend. Fantastic lively people and clear set of skills to use. Outstanding value for money.
Kay Macgregor ,Team Manager, Equator
Took me out of myself to look at things in a different way. Great environment to talk about my ideas for the future. I’d recommend Joyworks for a change of approach to life and meeting likeminded people. The course was very good and great energy from Sharon.
Iain Druidy, Accountant
I’m looking forward to the next one! Surprised at my ability at the end of the weekend that I could lead a session! Would recommend Joyworks! Great weeekend, great fun and great company!
Linda Thomson, Manager
Fantastic! An opportunity to meet wonderful people. I was surprised at how easy it was to laugh! The best learning ever. I just wish it was a longer course.
Pat Corrigan, Manager, Glasgow East Regeneration
I felt very lively and full of beans. I loved all of the different games, the energy and the spontaneity. A real transformation in the group. Would highly recommend.
Saras Feijoo, Clown Doctor
Senior Management at Turner Facilities Management at New Lanark Mill Hotel Jan 2014
“Fantastic. The sessions quickly relaxed participants and they soon lost their inhibitions. It was wonderful to see everyone laughing together and having fun. I’ve never seen the staff so relaxed. We can’t thank Sharon enough for the workshops she delivered.”
J.G Bayliss, Wholesale and Independent Controller, Scotland, Coca Cola Enterprises
“A chance to meet others in one of the most bizarre and uninhibited icebreakers. Wonderful!”
Gordon Strachan, National Theatre of Scotland
“Many staff attended this course and we were all meeting each other for the first time. The tutor was excellent and by the end we were all friends and sore with laughing”.
Bield Housing Association, Staff Conference: Unleash Your Creativity and Innovative Thinking
“A really brilliant way to spend lunchtime. It made me have an inner smile for the rest of the week.”
Liz Foulis, CILT, Carnegie College
“It was wonderful, energizing and connecting with people, helped banish negativity”.
Chris Pilley, Research & Consultancy
“Very inspiring! Good to interact with others and let my guard down with colleagues”.
Kerri Roberts, Learning and Teaching Scotland
“This really was a ‘hands-on’ laughter experience, and the energy and insight Sharon brought to the session was fantastic. I was very impressed with the way that she brought all the participants into enjoying the session I think that the session lifted my mood for days afterwards. I’d like to do it all over again!”
Dr Robert McCaffrey, Director, PRo Publications International Ltd at The Retirement Show, SECC
“The laughter workshop was extremely popular. We would definitely recommend workshops like this at future events.”
Ruth Bain, Project Manager Whiteinch Centre Limited, Feel Good Day
“The feedback from the delegates at the conference was all really positive and the verbal feedback from tenants who had been at the workshop was also very positive. We look forward to working with Joyworks again”.
Olwyn Gaffney, Training and Development Manager, Share Housing Association ,30th Anniversary Conference
“Her contribution to our seminar was excellent and stimulating .It was a productive day and Sharon’s contribution invaluable in this. She introduced difficult material sensitively, whilst also making us laugh. Many thanks.”
Anne Reid. Director, Forth Valley Criminal Justice Conference on Reducing Re-offending
“A fabulous workshop, enjoyable but beneficial for work and hilarious. Thanks so much. Independent Drama Teacher, Dundee Rep In-service
“Super, useful course, with a decent useable handout! What a change! “ Ian Barr, Senior Teacher Bannockburn Primary, Stirling
Totally de-stressing -really enjoyable I was surprised how everyone joined in the fun so quickly. The bit I enjoyed the most was laughing ALL the way through!
Fiona Herd, Moray Council at The North Alliance Conference , Nairn
“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. There is such tremendous strength that comes from that innate human connection gained through laughing.”
Cara MacDowall, Chief Executive,National Conference Scottish Families Affected by Drugs
“I feel better about me”.
Steven Terence Higgins Trust, Glasgow
“Laughter workshops leave you feeling so high, they should come with a Government health warning! From beginning to end it was a complete joy to experience and one that I’m sure none of us will forget!”
Pauline O’Neil, Participant at Anti-Stress Centre, East End Glasgow
“Sharon was very enthusiastic and engaged very effectively with the women. The programme enabled the group to explore a subject that many find difficult to discuss. The openness of the group was a joy to see and hear. Positive feedback from all involved.”
Sarah Clarke, Probation Officer, Stirling Criminal Justice
“Your enthusiasm and how easily you made participation was the best bit.” Claire Lamza, Nurse Manager Loch View Psychiatric Hospital, Staff Teambuilding Day, Larbert
“Everyone had a great time. It’s great to try different approaches to relaxation and stress therapy delivered in such a refreshing way.”
Alex, Support Worker, Glasgow Association of Mental Health Service Area Events
“It was extraordinary to watch elderly people with a cognitive impairment hold their focus and be playful.”
Sarah Pearson, Artlink Project Coordinator, Bonnybridge Hospital
Super! Very beneficial for service users with poor verbal communication.
Krysia Mulvinhill, Partners For Inclusion Conference , Ayr
Joyworks! training day has made such a difference, everyone has been raving about it and saying it’s been the best training they have ever had. Our practitioners have already started to use with service users, it’s brilliant. Thanks so much, your energy is just amazing and infectious!
Sheena McDonald, Manager, Scottish Autism, (Laughter, Movement & Music Training Day)
Outstanding! I would have liked if ALL students could have had the Joyworks! experience at our Health Day! Really very enjoyable experience. Made everyone feel great.
Jane C Johnstone , Matron, Health Day , Hutcheon’s Grammar School ,Glasgow
“I loved the fact that everybody mattered, the friends that I met the laughter and apart from our age difference we are really quite the same.”
Flora, Senior Citizen Intergenerational Theatre Project Joyworks in partnership with Borderline Theatre
“I felt very fortunate to be part of the sessions and found them to be an amazing vehicle for self expression for the boys.”
Lorna Walker, English Teacher, Ferdinand Creative Arts Project,Quarriers Seafield School, Adrossan
“Pupils really embraced the programme and some pupils are using the strategies to cope with bullying situations.”
L. Reid PSE Teacher, Using Laughter For Confidence Greenwood Academy
“Very good range of activities. Children responded well to Joyworks staff. Children had lots of fun and laughed a lot. Even children who were perhaps reluctant to join in at first. Good for teambuilding morale.”
A.Mainez, Teacher Merrylee Primary, Glasgow School Health Day
“I was very impressed with the way that Sharon was able to keep the young gypsy/travellers creatively engaged for three hours”.
Lauren Bruce, Project Development Officer, Access All Areas
“Overall a positive confidence rising experience for all” Elaine Allan PSE Teacher, Greenwood Academy
“I never took part in drama before. I liked acting out from script that was tough because it was really emotional but I really liked it. I can let my feelings out a bit more now”.
Andrew, Quarriers School Ferdinand Project, Funded by Creative Identities.
“Feel great, looking at life with more ease. Loved just laughing at myself and others”.
Rod , Student,Glasgow University, Health Day
“The workshop eased my back and hip pain considerably.” The Rev, John Hansen, Glasgow
“It’s remarkable that the only way you communicate is through laughter but such a bond is created within the group –even with people who haven’t been before.” Anton, Glasgow
“I read that it was good for stress and pain, both of which are problems for me. I am naturally quiet reserved person, so the fact that I have been able to come along and have such fun has given me some confidence in other areas of my life also I find because you have such a warm and friendly way about you it all feels so natural. I love the fact there is no dialogue and laughter is how you communicate. Anyway I just felt I wanted to tell you how good you are at what you do”. R. M, Glasgow
“Feel great afterwards. Brings me out of my shell a bit and meet new people!” Leigh McPake, Glasgow
“Very liberating, great to try something different”
“I’ve a lighter heart.” Carmen Moore
“Very useful to someone who does not laugh as much.”
We often have themed events- here’s feedback on our recent Mother’s Day Event
All graded their experience as ‘Wonderful’ .
Enthusiasm,energy, mood ,level of mental relaxation.level of friendship within the grroup,level of muscle relaxation and ability to laugh for no reason graded from 1-5 to a whopping 8-10 by end of the workshop by all.
It made me realise how we waste energy on silly things tht don’t matter. Made me me feel really good and want to live life to the full. K. McCaig
I was surprised at my ability to open up,take part and feel comfortable. I’m leaving with more joy throughout my whole body. Moira Buchan
Wonderful! Enjoyed making a connection with my mum in a new situation and a new experience .I was surprised at the variety of people from different experiences and backgrounds. C Macaig
Wonderful I loved the fun scientific facts I’m more light hearted! G McAdam
Wonderful! Lovely to take time out and focus on positive in an energised way and taking time to share with others.
Loved the contagious laughter of my mum! I will strive to be less serious about things S. Mercer
I loved all of it. Time went so quickly. Feel relaxed ,want to to do more. Cathy Fife
Uplifiting. Loved dancing at the end of the session felt the love in the room. M .Galloway
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