A comedy workshop will be launching in the Wee County next month with comedian and BBC writer Viv Gee.

Laugh Aboot Ye: Clackmannanshire Chuckles Comedy Wellbeing Programme is free and open to anyone aged 16 and above. It is being organised and run by Clackmannanshire Economic Regeneration Trust (CERT).

Laughter will be used as a tool to manage stress, anxiety, and depression. The programme is four weeks long and aims to tackle mental health inequalities through humour.

Participants will get to delve into comedy, improvisation, and comedy writing techniques. It will finish with a showcase for family and friends, and a night out to a live event. Ruth Maxwell, keyworker at CERT, said that comedy will be used “as a tool for social inclusion.”

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She added that people can expect: “A relaxed environment, it’s quite an intimate mix.”

This isn’t the first time CERT have held an event like this one. Previously, they held a workshop called Laughter Unleashed. Ruth commented that it was: “hugely positive, you could hear the laughter coming through from the group.”

Laugh Aboot Ye will start in February and will run over two groups. Each group will get two sessions per week in Alloa Town Hall. CERT is being supported by the Scottish Government's Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.

Anyone who is interested can register online.