Mar 21, 2024, 09:02 PM

Glasgow Care Home Residents Embrace Laughter with Comedy Workshop during Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Residents of Renaissance Care’s homes across Glasgow were treated to a hearty dose of laughter as they participated in a unique comedy workshop hosted by renowned Scottish comedian, Scott Agnew.

Set amidst the backdrop of the ongoing Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the workshop was not just about entertainment, but also about enhancing the wellbeing of the residents through the power of laughter.

The initiative comes as part of a broader wellbeing strategy adopted by the care home group, acknowledging the significant benefits laughter can bring to individuals, particularly the elderly. Research has consistently shown that laughter can play a crucial role in reducing stress, improving mood, and even lowering blood pressure.

The workshop aimed to provide residents from Rosepark, Croftbank and Whitecraigs care homes with a platform to explore their comedic potential, learn new skills, and most importantly, enjoy themselves.

Iain Harris, 91, Whitecraigs Care Home resident said: “Scott was a good laugh –but I think we gave him a run for his money. My favourite comedian growing up was Billy Connelly. It was great to r reminisce about some old jokes and songs that are still hilarious today.”

Scott Agnew, a previous Scottish Comedian of the Year winner, expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity to work with the residents, saying: "It's been brilliant to visit Renaissance Care this morning and brighten up the residents' days a little with some great jokes, chat and of course, a roll and square sausage!

“I was introduced to the world of comedy by my grandad so it was a thrill to spend some time with the residents this morning, and I'm fairly sure a few of the stories and jokes they told me will make their way into my Glasgow International Comedy Festival show this weekend - I think a few of them might be after my job!"

Agnew is set to make his 21st appearance at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival on the 24 March – the day before National Square Sausage Day - at Drygate, Glasgow with Scott Agnew's Scottish Square Sausage Show, celebrating the life, times and lore of the iconic Lorne sausage.

The workshop was complete with the traditional Scottish staple, a roll and square sausage, kindly donated by the local Bellshill Aldi store.

Yvonne Richardson, operations director at Renaissance Care said: "At Renaissance Care, we are committed to providing holistic care that nurtures both the physical and emotional needs of our residents.

“For us, its all about providing meaningful and person-centred activities that bring value to our residents’ lives. In this case, there are not only health benefits for residents, but mental ones, as er continue to keep residents vibrant and included members of their local community.

“The comedy workshop with Scott Agnew and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival is an exciting addition to our activities programme that will not only bring smiles to our residents' faces but also contribute to their overall sense of wellbeing."

The Renaissance Care Group owns and operates 17 care homes across Scotland, including locations in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Blairgowrie, Aberdeen, Inverness, Forres, Uddingston and Peterhead.

The private care homes vary in size and style, ranging from small boutique style residential care homes with 20 rooms to larger purpose-built care homes for assisted living offering specialist nursing and dementia care.

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