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The Comedy School Wellbeing Project



In 2016-17, The Comedy School began The Comedy School Wellbeing Project in partnership with South London and Maudsley (SLaM) Recovery College and Social Inclusion, Hope and Recovery Project (SHARP). The aim of the project is to improve people's mental health and wellbeing using comedy as an educational tool making the learning process not only effective, but fun as well.

This year marked the first of a two-year Test and Learn period for The Comedy School Wellbeing Project where we are delivering comedy courses to in the mental health sector for the first time and robustly evaluating both the process and the outcome of the project. Drawing on learning from our successful projects in the criminal justice system and with young people, and literature on how comedy is used in mental health interventions abroad, we are excited to bring comedy into mental health services in London and to explore the impact of our work in this arena.

This report summarises the delivery of the first year of The Comedy School Wellbeing Project and discusses key learning from its evaluation. Lessons learnt were both in relation to delivery of the project as well as the impact on participants. This report also outlines our plans for moving forward and how the second year will be evaluated to deepen our understanding of the project's impact.

While the results from this year's evaluation are promising, we still have more to learn about the impact of the project on participants' mental health and that learning can only come from continuing to develop and rigorously evaluate the project. The 2016-17 year focussed on improvisational comedy, delivering taster sessions, 7-week Introduction to Improvisation courses and organising group outings to watch live comedy. We are happy to have secured funding from Comic Relief to continue the project for the 2017-18 year. In 2017-18, we will continue delivering Introduction to Improvisation and introduce three 7-week Stand Up Comedy courses to the project.

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THE COMEDY SCHOOL WELLBEING PROJECT LEARNING REPORT 2016-17

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