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The Group Visits Laughter For Health Club

laughter for health
We had a small group visit the laughter for health club today. It was a real learning experience being able to let “the child in us” out to play! Please see below the benefits to laughter;

laughter releases endorphins – the body’s ‘feel good’ chemicals
Acts as an aerobic exercise – a bit like internal jogging!
Unleashes inhibitions and breaks down barriers
Generates better communication and team building
Helps boost our immune system, helping to resist disease and manage stress
Tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation, boosting oxygen supply
Encourages positive thinking and creativity
Relaxes the whole body and so reduces stress and tension

Thanks to Jo Bluett for this event.

Next week we welcome Geoffrey back to the group.

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The group welcomes Hilary from Vintage Rehab

vintage rehab
It was lovely to welcome another new member to the group this week. Everyone in the group can identify how hard it can be coming to a new group for the first time. The group are very supportive of new members as they have been there themselves.

Today it was great to welcome Hilary from Vintage Rehab along to the group as a guest. Hilary talked about her own life experiences and what had led her onto starting her own social enterprise. It really was inspiring hearing how Hilary had overcome some obstacles in life to get to this point. Vintage Rehab is a small business that was born out of a love for old furniture, decorating on a budget, and giving old pieces of furniture new life. If people would like further information on this great project of Hilary’s please visit

This made us think about the many talents in their group. People who are good at photography, music, art, painting etc…we have a very talented and creative group! It is interesting to notice our body language, how we look and sound positive when we are discussing something that really energizes us.
Next week we will be visiting the Laughter for Health club. Can group members please meet at Simpson House for 10.30 as per-usual and a taxi will take us to event.

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We welcome Jardine Simpson as guest

the past
Today we had a really busy group and it was great to welcome a new member. We discussed how people found last week’s Recovery initiative Fund event. Group members realised how beneficial it was for our group to be represented at this event, through the networking and awareness it raised.

A common aim that is continually discussed in our group is to reduce the stigma of suicide, to be able to talk about how you feel without the fear of being ridiculed by others. Within our group and other organisations we are making strides towards tackling the myths but we are aware it will take time to make these changes in society.

It was great to welcome Jardine Simpson to be a guest speaker today. He told us about his life and his story of recovery. He explained what did and did not help him in his aim for a healthier fulfilling lifestyle. People could identify with many of the things Jardine had been through and were keen to ask him questions. It was interesting to think about our past and look at what we have done and realise we can make positive changes no matter how old we are. We would like to thank Jardine for his time and for being an inspiration to others.

Next Week we welcome Hilary Braidwood from Vinrtage Rehab as a guest.

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The group go to Recovery Initiative Fund event

Today we visited the Recovery initiative Fund which was held at the caves in Edinburgh. The event was to mark the first anniversary of the fund. As we have been fortunate to receive the funding we were invited along to this event. It was really inspiring to hear what other groups are doing with the funding they have received from the fund. Among the other groups were “Sound inner space” which is a group that uses music to inspire each other, “Inverclyde Recovery Cafe” which helps people who are in the isolation part of recovery, “Sweet for Addicts” which is a group who use drama to help people develop skills on the stage, “vintage rehab” which is a service that cleans up/recycles old furniture and is sold on, and lastly “Glasgow Recovery Organisation” they are a group who are at the moment looking to secure the old Tower Records building in Glasgow to have multi faceted service which includes having a dry nightclub and trying to change the culture of what a night out means to people. The fundamental cause being, the groups are about giving people opportunities who otherwise may not have had them before, encouraging each other and helping people work on their many talents within. It was a privilege to meet the groups at this event and to exchange details about our various groups thus giving people more opportunities. Our group would like to thank Kuladharini, Lesley and all at the Scottish Recovery Consortium for making this event happen!