Laughter is The Best Medicine
1:25pm 29th June 2012
Project workers for a West Dorset Women's Refuge have been using an unusual tactic in Dorchester today to raise awareness of their cause.
Jo Keane who works at the 9 bed facility run by Raglan Housing has been running a laugher workshop.
She's been trying to get as many people as possible in Dorchester to laugh to improve their mental and physical health as well as raise awareness of supported housing schemes, including the refuge.
Jo completed her 'laughter training' by attending a course accredited by laughter guru Dr. Madan Kataria - founder of the Laughter Yoga International global movement for health joy and world peace - and is now ready to unleash the fun on Dorchester's public.
Jo said: 'Raglan Housing is in the serious business of caring for some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. The West Dorset Women's Refuge is just one example of a Raglan scheme that provides temporary accommodation and support for women and children at risk of domestic violence and abuse.
'We know that laughter can at least help bring some light relief into stressful situations that many of our vulnerable residents face on a daily basis. We hope that by taking laughter to the streets we can bring a little cheer while at the same time raising awareness of what is a serious subject.'
Raglan Housing's West Dorset Women's Refuge provides safe and secure accommodation and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for up to nine women their children. The refuge provides a full support package which includes advice on finance, benefits as well as housing and legal issues with a female solicitor holding a weekly surgery for residents.
The refuge also provides access to the Freedom Programme - a 12-week rolling programme designed to empower women to recognize abusive traits and take control of their lives.